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De Blasio's Shelter Plan Ignites Fears Across The Bronx

on 08/11/2017 - 03:13 am

Distrust in the lack of transparency about the mayor's proposed shelter plan has put many borough residents on edge.Some have become so hyper-vigilant they have even mounted resistance to development projects that have nothing to do with the homeless. When commercial tenants of 2800 Bruckner Boulevard in Throggs Neck got 30-day notices asking them to move out just as mattresses, cabinets and other trappings of residential life appeared in the building's parking lot, rumors swirled. Neighborhood residents speculated that the building was slated to be next of the city's 90 new homeless shelters, even though that turned out not to be the case. “It certainly took us days to let people know that this was not a homeless shelter," said Jimmy Vacca, the Councilman for the area. "People immediately assumed this was Mayor de Blasio putting in a homeless shelter," he said. The rollout of the city's shelter plan, and the secrecy that surrounds it has irked many homeowners. Homeless services officials have not always been forthcoming about where the new facilities will go. At least two of the five homes that have already opened under the mayor's 90-shelter plan are in The Bronx. Three more are slated for the borough. The Department of Homeless Services said it's opening shelters so that people can be housed in the communities they are from and has also committed to ending its cluster-site program and use of hotels, including many in The Bronx, in the same areas where shelters are coming on-line. For the 17 years the city has been using cluster sites, the majority have been located in The Bronx, according to the DHS. Since January 2016, when DHS was using as many as 3,600 cluster apartments citywide, the department has closed more than 1,000 units, it says, representing a 28 percent reduction. Of those that have closed, more than 600 have been in the Bronx. In their place, the city has already opened 2346 Prospect Ave., a mixed affordable housing and shelter project with 32 shelter apartments for families with children and a small number of affordable apartments and Marsha’s House, an approximately 90-bed shelter for LGBTQ people at 480 E. 185th St., both in Belmont. DHS also announced a shelter at 233 Landing Rd. in University Heights, which will contain affordable apartments, the majority of them for people who are formerly homeless, as well as 200 apartments for employed and employable homeless men. It also plans to open a shelter in Soundview, at 1792 Lafayette Ave., that will provide 44 apartments to families with children and a new 83-apartment shelter is slated for Kingsbridge, at 5731 Broadway, for families with children. The building in Throggs Neck, however, is not part of the city's shelter plan, DHS confirmed, and Vacca has been posting video messages on Facebook trying to quell some fears about the location.   City Councilman Andy King, however, appeared to ignite them recently, when he organized a protest against the same Stagg Group behind the shelter coming to Broadway, but for a building that already houses formerly homeless people at 3677 White Plains Road, in Wakefield. The community was notified of the project a year ago before anyone moved in, according the DHS. The District Manager of Community Board 12, George Torres, said that the facility was exactly the kind of permanent housing the community board has long advocated (as opposed to transitional housing). He said he'd heard of no complaints from neighborhood residents through the community board office. Still, King focused on the fact that its residents were “transitioning out of the shelter system” and said that quality of life concerns they brought with them, like public drug use, had gotten worse over the summer months. “It’s only natural that people want to know and they want clarity,” Councilmember Vacca said about his constituents' fears. De Blasio's Shelter Plan Ignites Fears Across The Bronx - DNAinfo
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Ruben Diaz: Why I'm still marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade

on 05/28/2017 - 03:27 pm

On Sunday, June 11, hundreds of thousands of my fellow Puerto Ricans and New Yorkers will come together along Fifth Ave. to celebrate our shared culture and heritage as part of the 60th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. I will be among them. I will march as I have for each of the 20 years I have been an elected official. And I will celebrate like I have since I was a small child. I will shake hands with my fellow boricuas. I will proudly wave La Bandera Puertorriquena. I will not let the controversy surrounding one man become bigger than the hearts of millions of Puerto Ricans. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade has never been about one person, but the more than 5 million Puerto Ricans who call the mainland United States their home. To suggest otherwise is to reduce our traditions and pride into the background noise of a novella. Reasonable people can disagree on the actions and impact of Oscar López Rivera. Many in our city have invoked the specter of terrorism, especially in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11, as a reason why Rivera should not be honored by the parade, and I understand the passion of that argument. Rivera served 35 years in federal prison. He was offered clemency by two different presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He served his time, and he was released legally. Ruben Diaz: Why I'm still marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade
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De Blasio kicks off week in Bronx by refusing to wear Yankees hat

on 05/24/2017 - 11:26 am

There's at least one group Mayor de Blasio won't pander to — Yankees fans.Hizzoner, a die-hard Red Sox fan, refused to don a Yankees jacket and cap handed to him by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. this morning as they kicked off a weeklong City Hall sojourn to the Boogie Down. "Oh God. We have a situation," the mayor said as Diaz unveiled the souvenirs. "Call security immediately."But Diaz Jr. would not relent, holding up the goods and reminding the mayor: "Let's go, you're in the Bronx.But for de Blasio, putting on either article of clothing was a Highbridge too far. "I'll hold it up. I'll hold it up with you. But I can't put it on," de Blasio said. "That's asking too much. I'll hold it. We're gonna compromise."As cameras flashed, the mayor covered his eyes with his hand and looked away, in dismay. . De Blasio kicks off week in Bronx by refusing to wear Yankees hat - New York Daily News
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Gjonaj Secures Bronx Democratic County Committee Endorsement

on 05/22/2017 - 02:30 pm

Gjonaj Secures Bronx Democratic County Committee EndorsementWith signs backing Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj for the 13th Council District wallpapered around the Bronx Democratic County Committee's headquarters, the endorsement was clear well before a bevy of legislators officially threw support to the Norwood Gjonaj Secures Bronx Democratic County Committee Endorsement - Norwood News
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Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. hosted his annual Centenarian Celebration in honor of Bronx Week

on 05/20/2017 - 04:21 pm

 Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. hosted his annual Centenarian Celebration in honor of Bronx Week
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Staten Islander honored at Bronx Week Labor Breakfast

on 05/15/2017 - 09:48 am

Staten Islander honored at Bronx Week Labor Breakfast | Bobby Murray was honored at the Bronx Week Labor Breakfast. Staten Islander honored at Bronx Week Labor Breakfast | SILive.com - SILive.com
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Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. taught a civics class at Charter School

on 03/20/2017 - 11:36 am

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. visited Family Life Academy Charter School third graders on Wednesday, March 8 to teach a civics class, discuss the political process and how they can become more engaged in their community The event also included a mock Congressional hearing to give students an understanding of how a bill is passed. Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. taught a civics class during a recent visit to Family Life Academy Charter School
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Cuomo announces Sheridan Expressway to be demolished

on 03/20/2017 - 11:20 am

The state will tear down the Bronx’s Sheridan Expressway and replace it with a pedestrian-friendly boulevard under a plan Gov. Cuomo announced Sunday. The highway, which has separated South Bronx neighborhoods from the Bronx River since it was erected by Robert Moses decades ago, is set to be rebuilt as Sheridan Blvd. as part of the $1.8 billion plan. “Building the Sheridan Expressway was a mistake,” Cuomo said Sunday at a Hunts Point community center, noting the Bronx River has been revitalized in recent years, with an inviting green space opened at the revamped Starlight Park. Cuomo announces Sheridan Expressway to be demolished
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Bharara was investigating Trump cabinet member when fired: report

on 03/18/2017 - 05:13 pm

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating a top member of President Trump’s cabinet when he was fired, according to a report Friday. Bharara, asked along with 45 other prosecutors to resign last week, was overseeing a probe into stock trades made by Trump’s health secretary, Tom Price, ProPublica reported. Price, who has been busy promoting the Republican’s Obamacare replacement, maintains he did nothing illegal when he traded health care stocks even as he was involved in legislation while serving in the House of Representatives. In December, the Wall Street Journal reported Price traded more than $300,000 worth of shares in health companies over a recent four-year period. Bharara was investigating Trump cabinet member when fired: report
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This Bronx Democratic Boss Still Commands Respect (And Cash)

on 03/17/2017 - 06:56 pm

This Bronx Democratic Boss Still Commands Respect (And Cash)Longtime journalists and political watchers know of Schlein, but the Bronx Democrat usually manages to escape the spotlight, despite the tremendous influence he wields in his home borough. Maybe it's because the Bronx isn't Brooklyn. This Bronx Democratic Boss Still Commands Respect (And Cash) - Village Voice
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