Friday, August 19, 2016

Riverdale Voice: Smart Cars and Black Lives Matter- Chief Talks Pol...

Riverdale Voice: Smart Cars and Black Lives Matter- Chief Talks Pol...: By Robert Press National Night Out came and was here in the 50th Precinct the event was held on West 234th Street between Bailey Av...

Smart Cars and Black Lives Matter- Chief Talks Policing NYPD


By Robert Press

BRONX, NEW YORK- National Night Out came and was here in the 50th Precinct the event was held on West 234th Street between Bailey Avenue and Broadway. Hundreds of people and several local elected officials were on hand to show their support of better relations between police officers and the public they protect.

The commanding officer of the 50th Pct. brought along with him the latest weapon to fight crime, that being a brand new Smart Car. You can go to my blog at www.100percentbronx.blogspot.com to see Deputy Inspector O'Toole proudly standing next to the new Smart Car which will be replacing those three wheeled carts at half the cost, and much more safety and comfort to the police officer using it. There are also other photos of the event, but I had to leave early to cover other National Night Out events in other police precincts.

While he didn't use his new Smart Car to protect the (about) 75 protesters who came up to Riverdale to denounce police brutality and that Black Lives Matter DI O'Toole had several police cars and eight officers ensure that none of the marchers were hurt by moving vehicles. Members of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jews of Color gathered at the Riverdale Monument at West 239th Street and Riverdale Avenue to march across West 239th Street. The marchers turned left onto Independence Avenue south to West 237th Street, turning onto Blackstone Avenue back to West 239th Street, and then back to the monument. At the monument several speakers denounced the police racism, and unfair police treatment of minorities. There are photos of the marchers, the police directing traffic to ensure the safety of the marchers, and the organizer Leo Ferguson giving his speech on my blog. 

At the June Community Board 8 Land Use meeting the Fieldston School told the board of their plans to expand the fourth floor of a building on Greystone Avenue. The school said that parking was to be eliminated for a few days so that steel could be hoisted up by a crane in the street. The board was told that the street was going to stay open at all times. That seemed to change on August first when neighbors of the school received a letter from the school saying that the Greystone Avenue would be closed from August second to August eighth. A huge crane was placed in the middle of the street behind barriers that closed Greystone Avenue from West 240th Street to the other side of the building. It appears that complaints went to the community board, and two days later the crane and barriers were gone. You can go to my blog to see photos of the crane and street barriers, and then an open street as if they were never there.

The Empire City Subway, the construction arm of Verizon, had residents and merchants along West 238th Street from Waldo Avenue up to Riverdale fuming as no parking signs went up on both sides of the street the past Saturday. There were several five feet by five feet square holes dug and then just filled in looking like they will be opened up again. See photos of the digging on my blog.

On my blog is Congressman Eliot Engel's statement of the Zika Virus cases in the U.S. There ia also details of Councilman Cohen's Legal Clinic on Family Law, but you must call the councilman's office at 718-549-7300 to make an appointment for either the Thursday August 11th or Thursday August 25th session which run from 3 - 6:30 pm. 


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.com or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Riverdale Voice: National Night Out Against Crime

Riverdale Voice: National Night Out Against Crime: Riverdale Report  By Robert Press Last Tuesday was National Night Out, and here in the 50th Precinct the event was held on We...

National Night Out Against Crime



Riverdale Report 

By Robert Press

Last Tuesday was National Night Out, and here in the 50th Precinct the event was held on West 234th Street between Bailey Avenue and Broadway. Hundreds of people and several local elected officials were on hand to show their support of better relations between police officers and the public they protect.

The commanding officer of the 50th Pct. brought along with him the latest weapon to fight crime, that being a brand new Smart Car. You can go to my blog at www.100percentbronx.blogspot.com to see Deputy Inspector O'Toole proudly standing next to the new Smart Car which will be replacing those three wheeled carts at half the cost, and much more safety and comfort to the police officer using it. There are also other photos of the event, but I had to leave early to cover other National Night Out events in other police precincts.

While he didn't use his new Smart Car to protect the (about) 75 protesters who came up to Riverdale to denounce police brutality and that Black Lives Matter DI O'Toole had several police cars and eight officers ensure that none of the marchers were hurt by moving vehicles. Members of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jews of Color gathered at the Riverdale Monument at West 239th Street and Riverdale Avenue to march across West 239th Street. The marchers turned left onto Independence Avenue south to West 237th Street, turning onto Blackstone Avenue back to West 239th Street, and then back to the monument. At the monument several speakers denounced the police racism, and unfair police treatment of minorities. There are photos of the marchers, the police directing traffic to ensure the safety of the marchers, and the organizer Leo Ferguson giving his speech on my blog.

At the June Community Board 8 Land Use meeting the Fieldston School told the board of their plans to expand the fourth floor of a building on Greystone Avenue. The school said that parking was to be eliminated for a few days so that steel could be hoisted up by a crane in the street. The board was told that the street was going to stay open at all times. That seemed to change on August first when neighbors of the school received a letter from the school saying that the Greystone Avenue would be closed from August second to August eighth. A huge crane was placed in the middle of the street behind barriers that closed Greystone Avenue from West 240th Street to the other side of the building. It appears that complaints went to the community board, and two days later the crane and barriers were gone. You can go to my blog to see photos of the crane and street barriers, and then an open street as if they were never there.

The Empire City Subway, the construction arm of Verizon, had residents and merchants along West 238th Street from Waldo Avenue up to Riverdale fuming as no parking signs went up on both sides of the street the past Saturday. There were several five feet by five feet square holes dug and then just filled in looking like they will be opened up again. See photos of the digging on my blog.

On my blog is Congressman Eliot Engel's statement of the Zika Virus cases in the U.S. There ia also details of Councilman Cohen's Legal Clinic on Family Law, but you must call the councilman's office at 718-549-7300 to make an appointment for either the Thursday August 11th or Thursday August 25th session which run from 3 - 6:30 pm. 

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.com or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hot for Indian

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Riverdale Voice: No Primary for me

Riverdale Voice: No Primary for me: By Robert Press  Well it appears that this time around there will be no Democratic primary for State Senator Jeff Klein. Two years ag...

No Primary for me


By Robert Press 

Well it appears that this time around there will be no Democratic primary for State Senator Jeff Klein. Two years ago Senator Klein was involved in an intense battle with former Riverdale City Councilman Oliver Koppell, who had been term limited out of office. 

Also free of a primary again this year is Riverdale Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. The Ben Franklin Democratic Club came in with over 4,000 signatures for the Dinowitz led team which was plenty more than enough to keep away any challengers, at least for this year. If you are asking why the word Reform is missing, that is because as the County Committee Chair Assemblyman Dinowitz is no longer a reformer. That was demonstrated when Dinowitz was a willing participant in the back room dealings which led to the Bronx Democratic County organization selecting Judge Darcel Clark as the replacement candidate for former Bronx DA Robert Johnson when Johnson was chosen to become a candidate for a Judgeship after the primary deadline for Bronx DA. 

National Night out in the 50th Police Precinct was on Tuesday August 2nd just after our deadline, so if you want to see photos of the event go to my blog at www.100percentbronx.blogspot.com. I have no idea what Deputy Inspector O'Toole had in store for his command, the members of the 50th Police Community Council, and the rest of us, but I can be sure there were no free rides in the police cars.

Lastly, as I mentioned last week that the Department of Transportation has repaved all the roads that were milled in the Riverdale/Marble Hill area. Now we will have to wait until the lines in the center of the streets, and crosswalks are put in. It seems that the crosswalks are being done in one of several ways. The traditional way was to have solid lines across the top and bottom of the crosswalk with 12-foot diagonal lines inside the two border lines. One can spot as is on my blog, crosswalks that have only one end line, no end lines, diagonal lines going through the end lines, and even one crosswalk where the lines inside the end lines crisscross. However, it seems that the new way of putting down crosswalks is that the city must be trying to save money as the paint used in past years washed away within months. Now it seems that the city is back to the old system of a heavier paint or thermal plastic which is painted on the streets. However, it looks like the city is once again trying to save money by not putting end lines on the crosswalks. The width of the striped area has increase from 12 to 15 feet, and is hard to gauge where the crosswalk begins and ends due to the lack of end lines. Having asked one traffic enforcement supervisor how tickets for parking in a crosswalk will be given out the reply was "I guess that will be up to the individual officers discretion.”

Lastly, to the DOT - so when are those curbs which were broken on Riverdale Avenue from West 239th Street down the hill to West 231st Street during the March milling going to be fixed? Metal curb endings are still sticking out from where they were damaged, while parts of curbs are missing. What's taking so long for this to be fixed?


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.com or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.