Political Round Up: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

New York Salutes America Festival and Fireworks

On Thursday, June 25, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and State Senator Jeff Klein hosted the borough’s official kickoff to the year’s Independence Day Celebrations, the annual “New York Salutes America” boardwalk festival and fireworks extravaganza at Orchard Beach.

The event was free; open to the public and includes fun activities for the kids, such as magicians, balloon artists, music performances, an amateur eating contest and much more.

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Dangers of Unsecured Furniture

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz announced that his bill, A.7018, creating a public awareness campaign about the dangers of unsecured furniture passed with broad bipartisan support in both houses of the Legislature. The legislation requires the Division of Consumer Protection to develop, establish, and implement a public awareness campaign related to the dangers of unsecured furniture, televisions, and other household appliances.

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Handling Winter Potholes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced resurfacing projects totaling $75 million will be completed this year on approximately 428 lane miles of state highways across New York. Funding for these projects was accelerated into this construction season in order to repair widespread damage from deep frost over the winter.

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Housing Help for Poor Seniors and Disabled Adults

Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner announced passage of Assembly Bill A.8238, which will extend opportunity for housing to low income seniors and disabled New Yorkers.

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Crooked Landlords Targeted

As rent law negotiations loomed large, Sen. Jeff Klein called for crooked landlords to be stripped of vacancy bonus. Klein charged that hundreds of Bronx tenants have been forced out of rent-stabilized apartments while greedy landlords pad their pockets. Klein called on the state to investigate Bronx slumlords Martin Scharf and Phillip Goldfarb for the flagrant harassment and unlawful eviction of residents at 3555 Bruckner Boulevard and Goldfarb Properties elsewhere in The Bronx.

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Free These Embargoed Funds Now!

State Sen. Ruben Diaz accused nameless city and state bureaucrats of sitting on approved grants for various capital projects in the Bronx and preventing those resources fro being distributed to schools and community organizations.

Diaz claimed to have allocated assigned capital funds to purchase and install a security system upgrade in Concourse Village to help protect the lives and safety of senior citizens. He vowed that he would not wait for a life to be lost in Concourse Village because of any delays and insisted that those funds to reach Concourse Village immediately.