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DeBlasio Takes Over the Bronx

POLITICS- Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the next stop for City Hall in Your Borough will be The Bronx. Mayor de Blasio, top City officials and commissioners will arrive to BronxBorough Hall the last full week of May for a week-long series of satellite office hours.

“Moving City Hall’s day-to-day operations to Bronx Borough Hall will allow for an intensive focus on the people and the priorities of The Bronx,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I look forward to being on the ground, meeting with and hearing from Bronxites.”
“Like all New Yorkers, Bronxites demand exceptional service and prompt responses from their government. Bringing City Hall directly to The Bronx will provide my constituents with an opportunity to get direct answers from various agencies, learn more about the future of the city and interact with the highest levels of municipal government. I look forward to a productive and substantive week as we welcome Mayor de Blasio to The Bronx

NYC soft on crime?

Bull Cries Police Chief 
By Dan Gesslein
POLITICS- A war of words has erupted between the NYPD and the Justice Department about just how tough on crime NYC has been.  

The US Justice Department called out nine areas known as sanctuary cities citing they were in violation of US codes that prevents local authorities from with holding information from US Immigration. The Justice Department sent out letters to nine jurisdictions including NYC. 
City officials have until June 30 to prove that they are not violating federal law by stonewalling immigration officials.

"New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city's 'soft on crime' stance," the Justice Department's statement reads. 
This touched off an immediate response from NYC’s Police Commissioner James O’Neill:
“The Justice Department’s release this afternoon stating that New York City is somehow ‘soft on crime’ and continues to see ‘gang murder after gang murder,…

Push to Remove Juveniles from Rikers

POLITICS- A group of independent state legislators is calling on New York City to remove the 150 juveniles curently housed on Rikers Island.

Senators Jeff Klein, Jesse Hamilton, Jose Peralta, Tony Avella, Diane Savino, Marisol Alcantara, joined by Akeem Browder and criminal justice advocates, called on the city to plan to remove juveniles from Rikers Island within a year as required by recently passed Raise the Age legislation.
The new legislation requires the city to remove all 16- and 17-year-olds currently held at Rikers Island to specialized juvenile detention facilities by April 1, 2018, to the extent practicable, but no later than October 1, 2018.
“This year’s passage of Raise the Age comes with an especially important aspect that will ensure that 16- and 17-year-olds are removed from Rikers Island as quickly as possible. Though there have been reforms there is no question that the best course of action to protect young vulnerable New Yorkers is to keep them off Rikers Island. By m…

Cuomo Passes Raise The Age Bill with Budget

POLITICS- Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, a member of the Assembly Committee on Correction, hailed the breakthrough in Albany budget negotiations that will bar 16- and 17-year olds from being tried as adults.

"This is an historic reform in the criminal justice system," Sepulveda said of the legislation, known as the Raise the Age bill.
Once signed into law by Governor Cuomo, as expected, it will leave North Carolina as the only state in the nation that tries 16- and 17-year olds as adults.
"And that state is now working to change the law, hopefully by the end of this year," the Assemblyman noted.
"We've been arguing with a host of other legislators that medical and psychological evidence overwhelmingly points to adolescents in this age range lacking the judgmental and other skills when it comes to criminal behavior," said Sepulveda.
"Throwing them in - and that's what it is - with adult offenders can damage them almost irreparably, and turn many into …

Bronx Pol Targets Wage Discrimination

POLITICS- Assemblyman Crespo calls for action on his 2013 legislation which will make the ban a statewide law that is needed to address wage discrimination.

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force congratulated the New York City Council on their bold step to use a pragmatic approach to solving the wage discrimination faced by woman and ethnic minorities in the private labor market.  Crespo also used this opportunity to call on the New York State Legislature to pass similar legislation he has introduced since 2013.
“I congratulate the New York City Council and Public Advocate Letitia James for attacking the problem of wage discrimination at its root cause; salary history requirements by prospective employers. It has been obvious to me for a long time that requiring a salary history from a job applicant only serves to suppress that candidates’ wages due to generations of an unequal starting point for labor force participants who are female and eth…

$48 Grand Spills into Street

Cuomo Hails Tax Credits to Spur Revitalization

POLITICS- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that in 2016, New York State led the nation in the number of completed historic property revitalization projects using rehabilitation tax credit programs.

Since the Governor signed legislation to bolster the state’s use of rehabilitation tax credits in 2013, the state and federal program has spurred $3 billion of investment in historic commercial properties. In 2016, $748 million in investments was generated by the state and federal credit to revitalize historic buildings throughout the state.
“Rehabilitation tax credits provide a valuable incentive to invest in underutilized historic buildings and transform them into cornerstone landmarks for communities across New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “These numbers prove that this program is an effective economic development tool and we will continue our efforts to preserve this state’s historic properties and drive growth throughout the process.”
State officials announced the tax credit milest…

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Game on in Albany Politics

By Robert Press
POLITICS- Baseball season is upon us as opening day was Sunday with the Yankees losing the game as the number one pitcher was shelled in Tampa Bay. The opening day for Yankee Stadium is Monday, April 10th, and according to the official Yankee website, there were still tickets available. Tampa Bay will be the Yankee Bronx home opener opponent, and it could be a short season.

Will this season be another year like those in the 1990's before the fearsome four came to the Yankees and turned everything around. Let's look at the players. Who's on first, What’s on second, and I Don't Know is playing third. No it is not that bad on the field except for shortstop since the starting Yankee shortstop was injured one week before the season started. Didi will be out for more than half the season, which may be over by then. The real problem, however, is pitching. When you hear the Yankees are having problems choosing their number three and four pitchers it looks like it…

Criminal Justice System Failed My Son

Perv Exposes Self to Child, Gets Deal

By David Greene
POLITICS- A Bronx mom is furious that the Bronx District Attorney's office has released an alleged pedophile facing 1-year in jail, after a deal was reached with the suspect over her objection.

Anthony Brown, 28, whose last known residence was a Brooklyn homeless shelter, pleaded guilty to public lewdness and was released on January 24, with time served.
According to court documents, on November 10, Brown followed the 13 year-old boy into the St. Mary's Park Houses on East 149 Street in Longwood and forced the child into the stairwell, where he performed a sex act on himself.
The mom recalled, "I spoke to the assistant district attorney on the case after more than 30 days went by and she wasn't reaching out to me. I never received my son's extended order of protection.”
"I did not want an offer made to this recidivist," the mother fumed, adding, "today she called me and told me that he pleaded guilty t…

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