Articles by: Michael Benjamin

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City Report: The Bronx Has Highest Rate of Home Loan Denials

The South Bronx real estate market may be heating up, but the residents have a tougher time getting home loans than residents of any other borough, according to a new city report. Approximately 30 percent of all home loan applications […]

Political Round Up  — Cuomo, Klein, Serrano, Diaz

Political Round Up — Cuomo, Klein, Serrano, Diaz

Governor Cuomo is in New York City today after attending the Kings County Democrats shindig last night. * * *  Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed Councilman Vinnie Gentile’s campaign for Congress NY-11 (Bklyn/SI) on Thursday, a week after suggesting he would stay […]

by · May 1, 2015 · Government, Politics
BP Diaz Nail and Beauty Salon Grading System Gets Council Hearing

BP Diaz Nail and Beauty Salon Grading System Gets Council Hearing

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. testifies in support of his legislation creating a letter grading system for nail and beauty salons, as well as other cosmetology businesses.     Yesterday, the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO) said that the […]

Bronx Pet of the Day: Scooby

Bronx Pet of the Day: Scooby

Serendipity smiles upon us Now that Hillary Clinton has jumpstarted her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination with cross-country listening tour aboard her “Scooby” van to Iowa and other early primary states, The Bronx Chronicle relaunches our popular Bronx Pets […]

by · May 1, 2015 · Bronx Pets
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Bronx Homeless Shelter Director Stalked, Killed By Former Client

The Wall Street Journal writes that New York City officials were on security alert at city shelters as details emerged about how a man with a long arrest record allegedly stalked and gunned down the director of a Bronx shelter. […]

by · April 30, 2015 · Crime, Local News
Bronx Political Round-Up — Bronx Pols Land on Power 100 List

Bronx Political Round-Up — Bronx Pols Land on Power 100 List

Governor’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Blueprint Improves HIV Testing, Prevents the Spread of Disease, and Provides Better Treatment On Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo received the final “Blueprint to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in New York State 2020.” The Blueprint supports the […]

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Bud Light Misses The YOLO Mark

Bud Light apologizes for slogan that went too far Oops! It looks like Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Budweiser beers, and it’s advertising team missed the mark in an effort to be hip and edgy and inadvertently found itself on the […]

by · April 29, 2015 · News
BRONXTALK TONIGHT: Council Members Gibson and King

BRONXTALK TONIGHT: Council Members Gibson and King

CITY COUNCIL ON BRONXTALK TONIGHT! – Tonight’s BronxTalk will feature two Bronx members of the city council, Vanessa Gibson (Highbridge/Morrisania), chairperson of the Public Safety Committee, and Andy King (Baychester/Co-op City).   They’ll talk with host Gary Axelbank about decriminalizing […]

Tabrez Alam and his father, Md. Makidul Alam.

Parkchester Resident Earns Valedictorian Honors at Bronx Science, Now Headed to MIT

Bronx Science valedictorian will attend MIT in the Fall   Tabrez Alam, a resident of Parkchester and a Bangladeshi-American,  recently received word that he would be graduating as valedictorian at the fabled Bronx High School of Science with a GPA of […]

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AIM HIGH! Monroe College Hosts 6th Annual Male Empowerment Seminar

300 high school students Stand…. for epic impact! Inspired by keynotes from renowned author, educator, and TV commentator Dr. Steve Perry and special guest WCBS-TV news anchor Maurice Dubois, as well as remarks from achieving orange necktie-wearing freshmen from the […]

by · April 27, 2015 · Education News, Local News
DC 37 Supports City Council Bill Outlawing Job Credit Checks

DC 37 Supports City Council Bill Outlawing Job Credit Checks

As the City Council passed legislation banning pre-employment credit checks, Henry Garrido, the executive director of DC 37, commended “the Administration, the City Council leadership and Council Member Brad Lander, the sponsor of Intro 261, for their work on this […]

by · April 25, 2015 · Government, Law
NWBCC, BlocPower To Use Solar Energy To Reduce Building Costs

NWBCC, BlocPower To Use Solar Energy To Reduce Building Costs

Neighbors come together to install solar at up to 20% discount   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced communities across the state have come together to bring clean and affordable solar power to their areas at an estimated 20% savings. […]

Analysis: Governor Cuomo’s Trade Mission to Cuba

Analysis: Governor Cuomo’s Trade Mission to Cuba

Shortly after President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba and to rescind the island nation’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to lead a New York State Trade Mission there. On […]

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 […]