Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Dinowitz Says Kentucky County Clerk Should Quit

Dinowitz Says Kentucky County Clerk Should Quit

This week, Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was held in contempt of federal court and jailed for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In response, Bronx assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz released a statement urging Ms. Davis to […]

by · September 6, 2015 · Faith, LGBT Issues, News
Photo Op-Ed: Why Are More Homeless People On Our Street?

Photo Op-Ed: Why Are More Homeless People On Our Street?

Blogger Gary Tilzer in his latest photo collage op-ed compares the thousands of Syrian migrants flooding into Europe with the seeming hundreds of homeless people streaming onto NYC streets. Tilzer questions the lack of general empathy for the homeless on […]

by · September 6, 2015 · Housing, Law, Photo Op Ed
BREAKING: Legionella Found At Three More Melrose Houses Buildings

BREAKING: Legionella Found At Three More Melrose Houses Buildings

Last night on a long holiday weekend, the city Health Department revealed that three more public housing buildings at Melrose Houses (NYCHA) were found to have legionella bacteria in their plumbing system. Those buildings that tested positive for legionella are: […]

TODAY: Ivy League C.H.I.C.S. Recruiting Girl Mentees

TODAY: Ivy League C.H.I.C.S. Recruiting Girl Mentees

Back To School KIDS Launch Adolescent girls are urged to come out to Van Cortlandt Park TODAY 9/5/15 from noon to 3 pm to connect, learn and register with Ivy League C.H.I.C.S. Enter at Broadway and West 242nd Street and join […]

Welcome Dr. David Gomez, New Hostos College President

Welcome Dr. David Gomez, New Hostos College President

The new academic year kicks off at Hostos College with Dr. David Gomez as its permanent President. Late last June, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has appointed Dr. David Gomez, a distinguished academic leader, […]

by · September 4, 2015 · Education News, Higher Education
Bronx Political Round-Up, September 4

Bronx Political Round-Up, September 4

Bronx Political Round-Up for September 4: Healthier Happy Meals, Online Ban on K2 Sales, Carmen Rosa Way ceremony, Kingsbridge-Broadway Business Corridor Report, and Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Protection. Senator Gustavo Rivera praises ‘scientific’ study that supports healthier “Happy Meals” legislation.  “Not […]

Police Blotter: Best NYPD Tweets — P.O. Qiang Shi

Police Blotter: Best NYPD Tweets — P.O. Qiang Shi

Here are a selection of NYPD tweets that caught our attention this week, but this one about hero Transit P.O. Qiang Shi was the best: “NYPD Transit Police Officer Qiang Shi saved a 19-year-old on a Sheepshead Bay subway platform […]

Times Square ‘Desnudas’ Charged With Drug Dealing, Prostitution

Times Square ‘Desnudas’ Charged With Drug Dealing, Prostitution

PIX11 News is reporting that police arrested one of Times Square’s “Painted Ladies” along with an alleged drug-dealing associate in a sting Wednesday, according to police. And Newschannel 4 is reported that the same topless, ‘desnudas’ has been arrested on prostitution charges. […]

by · September 3, 2015 · Crime
Papal Procession Lottery Opens Today

Papal Procession Lottery Opens Today

New Yorkers are invited to be part of Pope Francis’ historic procession through Central Park on Friday, September 25 by entering a ticket lottery here. The lottery is open to New York State residents only.     Space is limited at […]

by · September 3, 2015 · Faith, Government, News, Religion
Legionnaires’ Bacteria Found At Melrose Houses Water System

Legionnaires’ Bacteria Found At Melrose Houses Water System

Late Wednesday evening, the city Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) disclosed that a new cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases had appeared at a Bronx  public housing development. DOHMH reported there have been four cases of Legionnaires’ at the […]

by · September 3, 2015 · Government, Health & Nutrition, Housing
New XM Café Opens At The Bronx Museum

New XM Café Opens At The Bronx Museum

After years of waiting, the Bronx Museum of the Arts will once again boast of a café offering coffee, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. Continuing the Bronx Museum’s commitment to engaging with the local community, the XM Café will be a valuable […]

Photo Credit: Office of Council Member Andy King

‘Gentleman’ Council Member Celebrates National Bow Tie Day

DAPPER BRONX LAWMAKER OBSERVES NATIONAL BOW TIE DAY Bronx Councilman Andy King — best known for his dapper dress style and bow ties – treated members of his Bronx staff to bow tie shopping in celebration of National Bow Tie Day […]

by · September 2, 2015 · Bronx Personalities, Local News
Vester Flanagan's image was captured by the mortally wounded WDBJ photographer Adam Ward.

Editorial: Help Them Before They Kill, Again

Help Violent Mentally Ill People Before They Kill, Again  Before the terrifying on-air murders of TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward by their former WDBJ-TV colleague Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams, I wrote an op-ed column (“Help them before they […]

by · September 2, 2015 · Editorials, Special Sections
Central Park Procession Planned for Pope Francis

Central Park Procession Planned for Pope Francis

POPE FRANCIS CENTRAL PARK PROCESSION   The Mayor’s Office announced that on Friday, September 25, Pope Francis will greet thousands of guests in a historic procession through Central Park along the West Drive. Residents of New York State may apply to receive […]

by · September 1, 2015 · Bulletin Board, Faith, News, Religion
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Museum of Political Corruption National HS Essay Contest Opens

“What is political corruption and why should we care?” is the provocative topic for the inaugural Museum of Political Corruption’s national essay contest. Founded by Bruce Roter, the Albany-based Museum of Political Corruption was inspired by the seemingly relentless corruption […]