Monday, May 31, 2021

49th Precinct Breakfast Honoring the Police Officers and Community Leaders


Friday morning was the 32nd Annual 49th Precinct Fellowship Conference hosted by the 49th Precinct and the 49th Precinct Community Council. Over one-Hundred people were in attendance at this live event as the city, state and country emerge from the 2020 Pandemic. 

Councilman Mark Gjonaj, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, Deputy Inspector Andrew Natiw of the 49th Precinct, and Joe Thompson the President of the 49th Precinct Council spoke with Community Affairs officer James Graham as the Master of Ceremonies. Auxiliary Police Officer Award to Mr. Sylvester Heggie, Police Administrative award posthumously to Ms. Giacomina, and Explorer of the Year to Carlos Alonzo.

Detective Jay Sturdivant was named Cop of the Year, and he thanks everyone saying that he loves his job, and the 49th Precinct.

Mr. Al D'Angelo received the Tom Twyman - Citizen Award as Community Board 11 Chairman, and President of the Morris Park Community Association.

Mr. Joe Kelleher received the Business Fellowship Award as President of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, and Vice-President of Simone Developers.

Deputy Inspector Andrew Natiw had some bad news for the audience, saying that he has neared the end of his term as precinct Commander of the 49th Precinct having been the CO now for over two tears the normal time one is in charge of a precinct house. 

A group photo with members of the 49th Precinct Muslim community, Police Officers, Elected Officials, and Award Winners. 

Statement From Governor Cuomo on Indoor Dining Curfew Being Lifted


 "During the month of May we took major steps towards reopening our economy and as of May 31, we are lifting the midnight curfew on indoor dining for bars and restaurants across New York.

"Like every other milestone of our reopening, the end of curfew for indoor dining is the result of New Yorkers banding together, practicing safety precautions and getting vaccinated, so we can defeat the virus and work our way towards a new normal.

"Our reopening approach has always been data-based and if we want to stay on our current trajectory, we need to remain vigilant across the board - especially when it comes to indoor activities. As always, we will continue to work with our local partners to make sure venues are following basic safety guidelines."

Governor Cuomo Announces 7-Day Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to New Low


7-Day Average Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 0.67%; 8 Consecutive Weeks of Decline

More Than 19 Million Vaccine Doses Administered

Statewide Positivity Rate is 0.69%

Hospitalizations Drop to 1,032—Lowest Since October 24

18 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the statewide 7-day average positivity rate dropped to 0.67 percent yesterday, a new low.

The Governor also announced that more than 19 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New York State.

"We continue to make progress and we are on the verge of defeating COVID-19 for good, but it's vital that we continue to get as many shots in arms as we can," Governor Cuomo said. "We're establishing new pop-up sites across the state and are offering incentives to encourage those who haven't yet received a shot to take it. New Yorkers have fought this terrible virus every step of the way through an unimaginably difficult time, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible is critical to New York's future public health and economic recovery."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 71,242 
  • Total Positive - 494 
  • Percent Positive - 0.69%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 0.67%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,032 (-36)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 89
  • Patients in ICU - 252 (-8)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 150 (-5)
  • Total Discharges - 182,294 (+119)
  • Deaths - 18
  • Total Deaths - 42,715
  • Total vaccine doses administered - 19,044,632
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 48,015
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 603,390
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 65.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 56.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 53.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 45.7%

216 Days and Counting


Charlene our four day weekend ends today, and tomorrow I will have to deal with those pesky reporters. Seven months to go now Charlene until the next fool takes this job.

Bronx Borough President Candidate Fernando Cabrera Visits 100 Year Old Conti Pastry Shop


Conti's Pastry Shop has been in business for one-hundred years at 786 Morris Park Avenue. Mr. Sal Paljevic has been the owner the past twenty years, and he has kept up the top quality products Conti Pastry Shop is famous for. 

Friday Bronx Borough President candidate City Councilman Fernando Cabrera came to Conti's to chat for a while with Morris Park Community Association President and Community Board 11 Chair Al D'Angelo, Sal Conforto, Owner of the Bronx Chronicle, Sal Paljevic the owner of Conti's Pastry shop, and this reporter to talk about community needs.  

Several items were mentioned starting with public safety. Everyone agreed a person must feel safe in their homes and on the streets of their community. Quality of life, good schools, overdevelopment, affordable housing, and mass transit were among the topics discussed during the next borough president's visit. The Bronx Chronicle as well as Mr. Al D'Angelo have already endorsed Fernando Cabrera for Bronx Borough President, and this reporter has predicted Fernando Cabrera as the next Bronx Borough President after Ruben Diaz Jr. 

(L - R) Mr. Sal Conforto owner of the Bronx Chronicle, Bronx Borough President candidate Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Sal Paljevic owner Conti Pastry Shop, and Al D'Angelo president of the Morris Park Community Association and Chair of Bronx Community Board 11 as they stand in front of Conti's Pastry Shop. The photo was taken by Bronx Chronicle reporter Robert Press.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State Vaccination Program - May 28, 2021


76,027 Doses Administered in the Last 24 Hours

611,745 Doses Administered Over Past Seven Days

Vaccine Dashboard Updated Daily on the State's Vaccine Program Here

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. 76,027 doses have been administered across the state's vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and 611,745 doses have been administered statewide over the past seven days.

"The COVID vaccine is the weapon that will win the war, and the faster everyone takes it, the faster we defeat this beast and return to normal," Governor Cuomo said. "While thousands of New Yorkers are getting their vaccine every day, the overall vaccination rate has slowed and we are exploring any and all options to get more shots in arms. From the establishment of pop-up sites to the implementation of vaccine incentives, it's never been easier, or more beneficial, to get vaccinated. So, if you have not yet received your shot, please do the right thing and go get vaccinated—if we are to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, everyone needs to do their part."

All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot. In addition, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit to find information on vaccine appointments near them.                                            


Total doses administered - 18,891,766

Total doses administered over past 24 hours - 76,027

Total doses administered over past 7 days - 611,745

Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 64.9%

Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 56.3%

Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 53.3%

Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 45.3%

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State's 7-Day Average Positivity Falls to 0.73 Percent, Lowest Since COVID-19 Crisis Began - May 28, 2021


Previous Record Low was 0.75% August 24-25, 2020; 54 Consecutive Days of Decline

1,143 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide — Lowest Since October 31

267 Patients in the ICU — Lowest Since October 31

158 Patients Intubated — Lowest Since November 13

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our numbers have been trending in the right direction — reaching a record low since the start of this pandemic — and they continue to do so because of what the people of this state have done," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage those who haven't yet received their vaccination to take advantage of ongoing incentive programs and do so. The vaccine is the best defense we have against COVID and now is the best time to do what needs to be done to protect our communities."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 140,392
  • Total Positive - 870
  • Percent Positive - 0.62%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 0.73%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,143 (-26)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -218
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 144
  • Number ICU - 267 (-37)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 158 (-20)
  • Total Discharges - 182,014 (+147)
  • Deaths - 12
  • Total Deaths - 42,677

217 Days and Counting


Hey, I only have 217 days left in office, don't blame me for what happens after I leave office. I'll be sitting in another place drinking my morning coffee, and checking the blog 100 PercentBronx reading about the next mayor and what he or she is doing to continue my legacy. Here's to you Eric or Kathryn.



Text or Other Messages Asking for Money for Bogus “Upgrade” of Retirement Plan Are Fraudulent

 New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today warned retirees not to be fooled if they received text messages or other communications that purport to come from the state’s retirement fund and the Office of the State Comptroller, asking for a payment to “upgrade” the retirement fund. It’s a scam. Report the message to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or by calling the Albany FBI Field Office at 518-465-7551 or 1-800-CALLFBI.   

“I want to be very clear to our system’s retirees and members — these are phony messages from scammers trying to steal your money,” DiNapoli said. “The fund has not, and does not, send out any electronic messages asking for payment for upgrades. Don’t be fooled. Protect yourself by not responding and by reporting these messages to law enforcement if you get one.”

The sham messages attempt to trick recipients into making a payment for “an upgrade” in exchange for reduced taxes, additional money added to their funds and other benefits.

New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving the retirement system or taxpayer money by calling the Comptroller’s toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at,, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.

About the New York State Common Retirement Fund

The New York State Common Retirement Fund is the third largest public pension fund in the United States with estimated assets of $254.8 billion as of March 31, 2021. The Fund holds and invests the assets of the New York State and Local Retirement System on behalf of more than one million state and local government employees and retirees and their beneficiaries. The Fund has consistently been ranked as one of the best managed and best funded plans in the nation. The Fund's fiscal year ends March 31.

William Rivera - I’m running for NYC Council District 18. I hope you’ll take a moment to read my vision for the Bronx.



My name is William Rivera. And I’m running to represent the 18th District (Bronx) in the NYC Council. I hope you’ll take a moment to read more about why I’m running and my vision for the future of the Bronx. And if you support my campaign (or even if you’re just curious to learn more), please consider adding your name to say you’re with me.

I’ve lived in the same neighborhood in the Parkchester area of the Bronx my entire life. And from a young age, I’ve served my community.

I started my career in the NYC Fire Department for 12 years, then served as a state committeeman and district leader, and was eventually elected Chairman of the Bronx Community Board 9. 

In my current role as District Manager, I’ve distributed food to residents in our district, secured funding for many capital projects, and founded the Cross Bronx Expressway Initiative. 

I’m running for NYC Council because I truly believe we need representation at all levels of government that knows who their constituents are and how to advocate for them. 

Both personally and professionally, I have scoured every square block of the 18th District, developing a keen understanding of what the people and businesses are looking for in representation at City Hall. 

I want to bring that experience of knowing this district and its residents to City Hall. And I hope you’ll give me the opportunity. So please, consider adding your name to say you’re with me in this race.


You can read more about my campaign and my priorities for the Bronx on my website. And you can follow me on social media on Facebook and Instagram

Thanks for joining me on the start of this journey, 

William Rivera

Candidate for NYC Council, District 18


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