Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Cuomo Concludes Cuba Mission With Tour of Port Mariel

Cuomo Concludes Cuba Mission With Tour of Port Mariel

Governor Cuomo is in Cuba this morning and returns to New York City this late this afternoon. This morning, Governor Cuomo and members of the NYS Trade Mission travel to and tour the Port of Mariel. Americans will remember Port […]

by · April 21, 2015 · Government, News, Politics, World News
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Joining Cuomo Delegation To Cuba

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Joining Cuomo Delegation To Cuba

The NY Daily News reports that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Wakefield) confirmed that he will be part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s trade mission to Cuba. The trade mission comes at a time when President Barack Obama has signaled his intentions […]

FREE Job Fair, April 29

FREE Job Fair, April 29

Register. Prepare. Succeed. Upcoming Free Job Fair. Wednesday, April 29th, 10AM-2PM, SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center, 1666 Bathgate Avenue (near Claremont Parkway), Bronx NY 10457. Job seekers are encouraged to register in advance at BronxEOCJobFair.Eventbrite.com. Attendees are encouraged to bring […]

Texting While Driving Tickets Up 35% Statewide

Texting While Driving Tickets Up 35% Statewide

Targeted Efforts by Law Enforcement Leads to 35% Increase in Tickets Tickets issued to motorists for texting while driving increased 35 percent statewide from 2013 to 2014, as police continue to crack down on distracted drivers. In recent years, several initiatives […]

by · April 14, 2015 · Government
The NYS CAPITOL BUILDING, ALBANY,

Governor Cuomo Uses Veto Pen 184 Times

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo used his veto pen to strike 184 items from the 2015-16 Enacted Budget. In some cases – such as $53,000 in re-appropriations for Bronx settlement house programs  – funds were fully expended. The vetoes include 30 reappropriations for items that […]

by · April 14, 2015 · Government

Senator Marco Rubio Joins The 2016 Presidential Scrum

The Huffington Post reports that Sen. Marco Rubio announced today via conference call with top donors that he will run for president. The report says Rubio told his top donors that he is running because he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch […]

by · April 13, 2015 · News, Politics

Bronx Nonprofits Spring Executive Directors Breakfast, April 16

Calling all Bronx nonprofit leaders! The Center for Bronx Nonprofits and guest speaker Linda Manley, Legal Director of the New York Alliance cordially invites you to the Spring Executive Directors Breakfast to discuss, “how do you know if your nonprofit […]

Empire Star, Malik Yoba Tapped For Bronx Walk of Fame

Empire Star, Malik Yoba Tapped For Bronx Walk of Fame

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced today that veteran actor Malik Yoba would be inducted into the 2015 Bronx Walk of Fame.  “It is a good day in the Bronx to know that Malik Yoba, an actor and activist […]

NYS Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, 87th AD.

Bx Assemblyman Commends Swift Action In S.C. Police Shooting

In a brief email statement this morning, Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda commended the City of North Charleston, South Carolina and its Mayor, Keith Summey, for bringing murder charges against the officer involved in the shooting death of a fleeing, unarmed black […]

by · April 8, 2015 · Crime, Domestic News

Diaz Team Announces the Fifth Abrazo Garifuna

New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, together with Assemblymembers Marcos Crespo, Luis Sepulveda and Michael Blake are hosting the Fifth Abrazo Garifuna in New York celebration that will take place this Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7pm at Maestro’s Caterers located […]

Hudson Guild Offers Free Summer Prep for High School Admissions Test

Free assistance for students studying for the city’s specialized high schools admissions test  (SHSAT) will be available this summer from the Manhattan-based community center, Hudson Guild. The Guild’s test prep camp runs from July 13th to August 7th every weekday […]

NYers Don’t Believe Mets Are Amazin’

Siena College Poll: 59% of New Yorkers Think Yankees More Likely Than Mets to Make the Playoffs; Only 18% Believe in Mets Nearly Half of Men but Only Just over a Quarter of Women say they are Baseball Fans. Look […]

by · April 6, 2015 · Sports
NYPD at the New York Auto Show, April 3 - April 12.

Police Blotter: Best of the NYPD Tweets

  Our new Police Blotter feature: Top NYPD Tweets, March 29 – April 3    

Education Transformation Act of 2015

Education Transformation Act of 2015

Budget Includes Landmark Education Reforms  New York’s education system is set to implement some of its most dramatic and fundamental reforms in years through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Education Transformation Act. “When it comes to education, the budget we approved will […]

by · April 2, 2015 · Education News, Government, News
Metro North Funding in New State Budget

Metro North Funding in New State Budget

The recently enacted State Budget allocates the state’s $5.4 billion in financial settlements to continue growing and strengthening New York’s economy. The budget includes the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative to jumpstart the best regional approaches to economic development, $1.3 […]

by · April 2, 2015 · Government