Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Gjonaj Campaign: Donor, Martin Shkreli, is NOT the Pharma-Bro

Gjonaj Campaign: Donor, Martin Shkreli, is NOT the Pharma-Bro

“He is not the same Martin Shkreli as the “Pharma Bro,” said the Gjonaj campaign in an email.

Where The Pols Are, July 31

Where The Pols Are, July 31

Monday, July 31 Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Albany. Public Advocate Letitia James has no publicly scheduled events. 11:00 AM – CM Andy King and Bronx residents rally to oppose the opening of a homeless shelter that was initially promoted […]

NYC CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ANNOUNCES 2017 CANDIDATE COMMUNITY FORUM SPONSORS

NYC CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ANNOUNCES 2017 CANDIDATE COMMUNITY FORUM SPONSORS

This fall, New Yorkers are voting for their next city officials, including their City Council members. Eight of these City Council races are in districts in which the incumbents are not seeking reelection. NYC Votes, the voter engagement initiative of the […]

Profile America: Mail Call

Profile America: Mail Call

Monday, July 31 — The month of July has put its stamp on U.S. Postal Service history. In early July 1847, the first Post Office-issued stamps went on sale. Before then, there were no uniform stamps — a haphazard system […]

by · July 31, 2017 · Profile America
AM Mark Gjonaj (l); Martin Shkreli (r).

Bronx Political Round Up, 7/30

NOTE: This post has been updated to note that Bronx Council District 13 candidate Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj did not receive a campaign donation from “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli. He DID not. Did Gjonaj Accept $1000 From Infamous ‘Pharma Bro’? Shaking […]

Where The Pols Are, July 30 – Bronx Dominican Day Parade

Where The Pols Are, July 30 – Bronx Dominican Day Parade

Sunday, July 30 Governor Cuomo is in the New York City area. On Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will travel from Eastport, Maine to Cambridge, Massachusetts. On Sunday, Mayor de Blasio will return to New York City. There are no […]

Bronx DA Clark ‘Another Chance’ Event

Bronx DA Clark ‘Another Chance’ Event

Bronx DA Darcel Clark hosts her second annual Another Chance event! Resolve outstanding summons warrants and clear your record on August 5th.

Medicare Anniversary

Medicare Anniversary

Sunday, July 30 — The federal government’s broad involvement in individual health insurance goes back to this date 52 years ago. That’s when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments, which established Medicare and Medicaid. The legislation was introduced […]

by · July 30, 2017 · History, Profile America
First Car Ad

First Car Ad

Saturday, July 29 — The nation’s love affair with automobiles is generations old. Our devotion can be traced down through the decades by looking at advertising, as cars progressed from romantic if noisy new playthings to a near necessity in […]

by · July 29, 2017 · Profile America
Diana Ayala (@DianaAyala2017) _ Twitter

Is Council Speaker Using City Resources to Tout Aide’s Campaign

On Monday, a tipster told the Bronx Chronicle that Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was seen chauffeuring her handpicked heir Diana Ayala to campaign events in her city car (escorted by her NYPD security detail) last weekend. On Saturday, Speaker Mark-Viverito […]

by · July 26, 2017 · Bronx Politics, News
CM Vanessa L. Gibson (left); PBA president Patrick Lynch (right).

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association PAC Hopes To Influence Council Races

With 44 city lawmakers up for re-election and seven open seats, the PBA hopes to shift the city council away from the far left.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

Wednesday, July 26 — On this date 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. First introduced in Congress in 1988, the goal of the legislation was to guarantee equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public and […]

by · July 26, 2017 · Profile America
Mayor de Blasio Advances 5-Point Subway Plan

Mayor de Blasio Advances 5-Point Subway Plan

Governor Cuomo has given MTA Chairman Lhota until July 31 to present a plan to stop the dramatic slide in subway performance, improve predictability and reliability, and restore New York City residents’ faith in their transit system. And on Monday, […]

by · July 25, 2017 · Government, News, Transportation
Nebraska State Historical Society

Profile America: Rocky Mountain Locusts Swarm

Tuesday, July 25 — This month in 1874, the largest swarm of Rocky Mountain Locusts ever recorded blackened the skies from the Dakotas to Texas, and began to feast on America’s farms. The moving swarm was estimated to cover almost […]

by · July 25, 2017 · Profile America
Where The Pols Are, July25

Where The Pols Are, July25

Tuesday, July 25 Governor Andrew Cuomo is in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in New York City and there are no public events scheduled. 9:00 AM – Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at the Shema […]