Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Handicapping Race to Replace Vacca

DeBlasio Plays Santa Claus with NYCHA

(AWKWARD- Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj at an event with potential City Council challenger John Doyle who is on the far left.)

By Robert Press

POLITICS- The person most people thought would be in the 13th city council district race announced that he would indeed be a candidate in next year’s 13th city council race. That person being curent Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj of the 80th Assembly District. 

I think Assemblyman Gjonaj now comes into this race as the favorite, but that alone will not make him Councilman Mark Gjonaj. However Mark Gjonaj is used to working hard as an elected official, and as a candidate. Four years ago when everyone but this reporter said that Gjonaj's opponent would win the assembly race, Mark Gjonaj became the new assemblyman from the 80th A.D. 

It is too early to call the 13th City Council race as there are four other current candidates for the Democratic primary thought to be the only race to win which are: Community Board 10 Vice-Chair John Marano, Mr. John Doyle, Mr. Alex Gomez, and 82nd A.D. Female District Leader Marjorie Velazquez Lynch. As of the last Campaign Finance Board filings candidate John Doyle leads with the most funds raised. Not far behind is candidate John Marano, candidate Alex Gomez lags next, while candidates Marjorie Velazquez Lynch and Mark Gjonaj have not raised any funds as of the CFB report. In the endorsement department, the current 13th Councilman James Vacca has endorsed candidate Marjorie Velazquez Lynch the wife of the councilman's former Chief of Staff who now works for the NYCDOT. Candidate Mark Gjonaj has the endorsement of State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, and many community leaders throughout the council district. How the 13th council race will go, and if there are any other candidates that will enter the Democratic primary is not known yet. It is expected local businessman John Cerini will run on the Republican line. 

In other news check my blog at to see photos of the Bronx Democratic County Committee holiday party, some of the many Christmas tree lightings in the borough, and a report on how Mayor Bill de Blasio has teamed up with cell phone giant T-Mobile to provide 500 free tablets to some families living in NYCHA houses. I said to the mayor at the press conference that it is a great idea, but why is it that families have to wait over five years to get much needed appliances like stoves and refrigerators. The mayor answered that NYCHA needs EIGHTEEN BILLION DOLLARS to fix all the problems and the federal government has not done its share. I take that as a prelude to asking the incoming president for the monies which the current president has not provided to New York City. Also at the press conference the mayor refused to answer any questions of campaign finances that are surfacing, and he bolted after the room after the third reporter in a row stayed on the subject.

Happy Holidays to all. 

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail me at 100percentbronxnews@gmail or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hamilton Backlash Curbed DeNiro on Trump?

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Join the 50th Pct. Auxiliary Police Force

By Robert Press

BRONX- At last week’s 50th Precinct Council meeting, Auxiliary Police Captain Edwin Molina spoke to the community asking for residents to join the 50th Police Precinct Auxiliary Police.

So just what is an Auxiliary Police officer, and how do they differ from a regular police officer. For one thing Auxiliary police officers do not carry any weapons. Nor are they authorized to make any arrests or issue any summons. An Auxiliary police officer does wear a full police uniform complete with an official police vest. An Auxiliary police officer will be assigned to assist in crowd and traffic control at certain events such as street fairs or at certain sport events which may require police officers. Auxiliary police may also do routine tours of duty in low crime areas to assist in coverage as another set of eyes for the precinct. Finally an Auxiliary police officer will be treated as one of the force with respect from the police officers they assist, and especially by the commanding officer of the precinct. An Auxiliary police officer will never be placed in harms way, but can be of great relief to the community as a deterent to the bad guys who wind up going away when they see the uniformed Auxiliary police officer.

If you are interested in joining or want more information about the 50th precinct Auxiliary police program you can stop by the 50th Precinct house located on Kingsbridge Avenue on the corner of West 236th Street, next to McDonald's or call the Community Affairs officer Ramos at 718-543-5978.

This Thursday at 2 pm is a walking tour of the Kingsbridge Business District. The tour will begin at Councilman Andrew Cohen's office located at 277 West 231st Street. It will proceed to Broadway, turn up Broadway to West 238th Street, then turn onto West 238th Street to Bailey Avenue, where it will then go down Bailey Avenue to Tilila Cucina Restaurant for an informal discussion about the tour with light refreshments being served. It is hoped that Councilman Cohen and others can see and then listen to ideas on how to improve the Kingsbridge Business area.

At last week’s Community Board 8 full board meeting the vacant position of Treasurer was filled by a vote of the board members. Congratulations to the new CB 8 treasurer Ms. Amy Joy Robateau, and I have no doubts that Ms. Robateau is very capable of handling the position. I hope she knew the job before accepting the position, and all the work that is required of the office of Treasurer. I hear, however, that there may be another position opening up by the end of this year possibly. More on that in upcoming columns.Now that talks about reviving the 421A tax break for building affordable housing should be back on the table in Albany comes the new legislative session, I am looking for the vacant site on Riverdale/Oxford Avenues at West 238th Street to be developed after the 421A program is back in business. I also am looking for the property to be sold to a developer such as one who is building on Broadway. With the new Zoning Regulations put in place by Mayor Bill de Blasio a smart developer of market rate housing could construct a twenty story building provided there is a community facility and at least twenty-five percent set-aside for affordable housing. As for parking that could be minimal if not optional.

Lastly, I want to give my congratulations to the local elected officials on their Election Day victories. I also want to offer my condolences to the Ben Franklin Democratic Club, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz on the defeat of their candidate for president. As I visited poll sites I noticed that there was no one outside poll sites giving out palm cards for candidates. I was able to speak with Assemblyman Dinowitz, and ask him why that was.. Dinowitz answered me by saying that candidate Clinton was easily going to win the Bronx, so why waste people by having them standing at poll sites since there were better ways to use them. Upon arriving at the Ben Franklin Democratic Club later that evening, BFDC members were still making calls to voters in other states, while those who were absent were still in states that were considered key states handing out election material.

As the results started to come in I could see the shock and disbelief on many of the faces in the clubhouse. As the night wore on people were leaving to go home early and try to figure out what was happening. As it went the BFDC closed hours before a winner was declared. 

Don't forget to check my blog at for more on the election, and why I think Donald Trump won the presidential election. By the way I had predicted a win for President Donald Trump a full 10 days before the election.

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail me at 100percentbronxnews@gmail or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Veterans Honored


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Guards Plead Guilty to Beating Inmate


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo’s Killer was GIven Low Bail

Judge’s Low Ball Bail Let His Killer Out- Critics Say


Voting Problems

Voting Problems with Sonia Sotomayor


Friday, November 4, 2016

Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Remembered

Police SGT Fatally Shot

2 NYPD Sgts were Shot by a Home Invasion Suspect
1 has Died from his Injuries
‘Tragic Event’ - Pols


Starbucks Makes Election Statement for the Holidays?

Random Acts of Stupidity

By Dan Gesslein

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Barnes & Noble Won't Leave Bronx?

Book Chain Pledges to Open New Bronx Store

Taser Death Sheds New Light on Cop Confrontations

Quiet Community Shattered by Taser

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Trump Call on Congress to Repeal Obamacare

Trump Says He will Call for Special Session for Congress to Repeal and Replace Obamacare