Saturday, June 4, 2016


                      Muhammad Ali

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader and co-chair of the Council's Task Force to Combat Gun Violence issued the following statement after the death of Muhammad Ali last night at the age of 74. 

"Yesterday we lost a global legend. I am joined by millions of fans around the world in mourning the loss of Muhammad Ali. We all knew him as "The Greatest," and as a man who was not shy about voicing his opinions, no matter how controversial or out of sync "with the norm" it may have been. He was bold in everything he did, and did not compromise his beliefs for anyone, even if it meant paying a high price for it. These are traits that should be admired and duplicated by us all. He symbolized much more than a championship fighter; he embodied the spirit and perseverance of a true warrior, like so many that came out of the Civil Rights era. There will never be another force like him.

"His impact in and out of the boxing ring forever changed lives. He inspired people to believe they could make a difference, and he changed how the world viewed athletes and black men.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Assalamualaikum - may peace be on your soul my brother."

RiverFest 2016 is on Rain or Shine!!!

Riverdale RiverFest 2016
SundayJune 5th12-6pm, College of Mount Saint Vincent
A Celebration of the River in Riverdale!

Check out the tents galore we have set up for the festival tomorrow.  Please come out for it!

Still some room left for boat rides tomorrow. They will said if it is safe to do so.
Schooner Pioneer
Schooner Pioneer Sail Times & Info:

Sunday June 5th
Adults: $25; Children (infant - age 14): $15
Sunday, June 5 9:30 am (~1.5-hour sail)
Sunday, June 5 11:30 am (~1.5-hour sail)
Sunday, June 5  1:30 pm (~1.5-hour sail)
Sunday, June 5  3:30 pm (~1.5-hour sail) 
Mystic Whaler
 Mystic Whaler Sail Times & Info:

Adults: $25
Children (infant - age 14): $15
Sunday, June 5 10 am (~1.5-hour ride)
Sunday, June 5 12:15 pm (~1.5-hour ride) 
Sunday, June 5  2:15 pm (~1.5-hour ride)
Sunday, June 5   4:15 pm (~1.5-hour ride) 

Senator Klein Honors U.S. Servicemen and Women on Memorial Day

Klein Pays Tribute to Fallen Soldiers at Memorial Day Services Across the Bronx & Westchester
State Senator Jeff Klein, together with hundreds of active service members, veterans, families and children, paid tribute to our brave U.S. servicemen and women this past Memorial Day. Senator Klein attended commemorative parades across the Bronx and Westchester and laid wreaths for fallen soldiers.
“Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the extraordinary sacrifices made by our brave service men and women whose courageous acts contributed to our freedom. Each year, we mark Memorial Day by paying tribute to our fallen heroes, veterans, and active military members. We, however, must always remember our service men and women each and every day and ensuring employment is just one way.  I am extremely proud of the Veterans Tax Credit legislation that I sponsored, which helps provide jobs  for our veterans returning from overseas by offering incentives to businesses,” said Senator Klein.
This Memorial Day weekend, Senator Klein attended the Silver Beach Memorial Day Ceremony; the Edgewater Park Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 Memorial Day Parade, the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park Ceremony in Throggs Neck; the Morris Park Annual Memorial Day Service; Town of Pelham Memorial Day Parade; and the City Island Memorial Day Parade.

Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Silver Beach Memorial Day Ceremony with Silver Beach American Legion Post 1371 and its members

Senator Jeff Klein with Judy Lanci, president of Theodore Korony Auxiliary, Pat Devine, chairman of the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park Incorporated, and local veterans at The Bicentennial Park Veterans Memorial Park Ceremony

Senator Jeff Klein with Peter DiPaola, Pelham’s Town Supervisor

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Senator Jeff Klein, John Marano of Community Board 10, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto at the City Island Memorial Day Parade.

Senator Klein joins Silvio Mazzella at the Morris Park Annual Memorial Day Service

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Tony Salimbene, Senator Jeff Klein, Muhammad Abuhaikal, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto at Edgewater Park Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 Memorial Day Parade

Friends of VCP Reaction on Recent Shooting in Van Cortlandt Park

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Reaction on Recent Shooting in Park

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park deplores the violence that erupted in the park on May 28th, 2016 at a nighttime party.  We have written to the NYPD to call for daily patrols in the park, especially in the nighttime hours.  And we are committed to working with both NYPD and NYC Parks to prevent and break-up unauthorized gatherings this summer on both sides of the Park.  Van Cortlandt Park is closed after 10 p.m.. Large gatherings (of 20 or more people) require permits from NYC Parks.  DJs and drinking alcoholic beverages in the park is never permitted.  All of these rules need to be enforced on an ongoing basis throughout the Park.
The park must be a safe place for families and all park visitors; we must fight to keep Van Cortlandt Park safe.  The NYPD, NYC Parks, Elected Officials, Community leaders, Block Associations, Community groups, local schools, and individuals all have a role in this vital task.


 Congressman Eliot Engel, Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Council Member Andrew Cohen, announced they have written a letter to the Yonkers City Planning Board opposing the helicopter tourism company HeliNY’s proposal to build a heliport on the Ludlow waterfront area in Yonkers.

June 3, 2016
Roman Kozicky
Chairman, Yonkers City Planning Board
87 Nepperhan Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

Chairman Kozicky:

We are writing to you regarding the serious concerns we have about the helicopter tourism company HeliNY’s proposal to build a heliport on the Ludlow waterfront area in Yonkers.

Having reviewed HeliNY’s plan, we feel that given the significant noise and air pollution this would force on our otherwise peaceful and scenic neighborhoods, it is extremely inappropriate for a heliport to be built at that location. HeliNY’s plan offers no benefits to the local Yonkers or Bronx communities, and their heliport would be a blight on the beautiful riverfront land that we share.

As representatives for the region, we strongly urge the Yonkers City Planning Board to join us in opposition to HeliNY’s proposal, as we feel it be best for both the northwest Bronx and Yonkers communities.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to your reply.


Eliot L. Engel Congressman, Jeffrey Klein State Senator, Jeffrey Dinowitz Assemblyman, Andrew Cohen Council member.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bronx Democratic County Committee - Upcoming Events

Bronx Dems' Annual Dinner
When: Wed. 7/13/16 from 6 - 10p
Where: Marina del Rey - 1 Marina Drive, Bronx, NY
Join us as we recognize great honorees for their commitment to the Bronx. 

For more information, call (347) 956 - 0320 or email
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6th Annual BX Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards Ceremony
When: Wed. 6/1/16 from 6 - 8p
Where: Billy's Sports Bar - 856 River Ave, Bronx, NY

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Council Members Ritchie Torres and James Vacca invite you to attend the 6th Annual Bronx Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards Ceremony. They are honoring members of the LGTBQ community.  

To RSVP, email
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#GetAlarmedNYC: Free Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
When:  Thurs. 6/2/16 from 2 - 4p
Parish of Holy Family - 2158 Watson Ave, Bronx, NY

The Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda, and Senator Ruben Diaz, in collaboration with the FDNY and American Red Cross are giving away free smoke alarms.  

At the event, you can sign up for a free alarm installation for your home.

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Stonewall Democratic Club's 30th Anniversary
When: Thurs. 6/2/16 from 6 - 9p
Where: God's Love We Deliver - 166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City invest you to celebrate 30 years of fighting for equality across the five boroughs.

For more information and to RSVP,
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North Bronx Democratic Club Meeting
When: Thurs. 6/2/16 from 6:30 - 8:30p
Where: North Bronx Democratic Club - 2018 Williamsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY

Join the North Bronx Democratic Club, Senator Jeff Klein and Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj for a club meeting and training for petitioning. 

For more information, email
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Veterans & Community Job Fair
When: Fri. 6/3/16 from 10a - 2p
Where: Lehman College -  Music Building 250 Bedford Park Blvd W Bronx, NY

Join Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Community Board 7 for a Veterans & Community Job Fair. Bring plenty of resumes, and it is strongly recommended you wear business attire. 

To sign up for the job fair, please complete the form located here.

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Relay for Life Football Classic
When:  Sat. 6/4/16 from 5 - 9p
Where: Dewitt Clinton H.S., 100 W. Mosholu Pkwy, Bronx, NY 

Marques Payne & Associates will be hosting the 1st annual Flag Football classic fundraiser to benefit the Bronx Relay for Life. 

For more information and to sign up,

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Health & Wellness Fair
When:  Sat. 6/4/16 from 12 - 4p
Where: Claremont Neighborhood Center - 489 E. 169th St., Bronx, NY

The Office of Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson invites you to a Health and Wellness Fair.

For more information, please contact Robert D. Horton at (347) 781-0746 or (929) 228-9621.

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Public Advocate's Pride Celebration
When:  Tues. 6/7/16 from 6 - 8p
Where: Club Evolution - 76-19 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, NY

Join Public Advocate Tish James for her annual Pride Celebration, a fun night of music, dancing, and drinks. 

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17th Council District Office Grand Opening
When:  Fri. 6/10/16 from 11a - 12p
Where: 1070 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY

City Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr. cordially invites you to the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the 17th council district's new office. 

To RSVP email call (718) 402-6130.

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Craft Beer Tasting for Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo
When:  Mon. 6/13/16 from 6 - 8p
Where: Manhattan Beer Distributors - 955 E. 149 St., Bronx, NY

Please join Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo for a craft beer tasting reception. 

To RSVP or join the host committee, please contact Allegra or call (212) 213-2660.

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Caribbean Heritage Month
When:  Thurs. 6/23/16 from 12 - 2p
Where: Manhattan Beer Distributors - 955 E. 149 St., Bronx, NY

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. invites you to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month. 

To RSVP, email or call (718) 590-3522.

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In solidarity,
Hon. Marcos A. Crespo, Chair
The Bronx Democratic County Committee
1640 Eastchester Rd.