Bronx Political Round Up: Trump, Puerto Rico and urban farms

Diaz Calls Out Trump’s ‘Dereliction of Duty’ Over Puerto Rico
On Monday, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz took President Trump to task over his tweets about the NFL and NASCAR while Puerto Rican Americans living in dire circumstances did not hear a word from their president, not even a tweet. “Millions of Americans are facing a desperate moment, and President Trump cannot even pretend to care. This is a dereliction of duty,” said Diaz.

DiNapoli Raises Funds for Hurricane Relief
State Comptroller DiNapoli said his thoughts are with the many people working to rebuild and repair after the recent hurricanes. This week, staff from all parts of the Office of the State Comptroller — from Buffalo to Albany to NYC and Long Island — came together and collected $4,700 in just one week as part of the “OSCares campaign” in support of the recovery efforts,

Comptroller DiNapoli is pictured with some of the team presenting a check to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. Other funds will go to the Humane Society and Convoy of Hope. (Credit: OSC)

Comptroller DiNapoli is pictured with some of the team presenting a check to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. Other funds will go to the Humane Society and Convoy of Hope. (Credit: OSC)

Dinowitz Will Chair the Assembly Judiciary Committee
Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie announced this week the appointment of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx), as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary. Chairman Dinowitz has served on the Judiciary Committee for 20 years.

Bronx Columbus Day Parade Dinner Dance Held
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli dropped by the Bronx Columbus Day Parade Committee’s Annual Dinner Dance on Friday. Everyone looks forward to celebrating Italian-American Heritage at the Bronx Annual Columbus Day Parade on next Sunday, October 8.

Urban Farms Coming to NYCHA via Building Healthy Communities Initiative
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilman Ritchie Torres and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson announced that the Council invested $500,000 towards the construction of the new urban farms in the Bronx and Staten Island for NYCHA residents across the city to enjoy. The Expanding the Building Healthy Communities public-private partnership will provide NYCHA residents in the Bronx and Staten Island with access to fresh and healthy food. “I am thrilled that the residents of Forest Houses will soon have direct access to farm fresh produce grown in their own backyard,” said Gibson.

Somos El Futuro Volunteerism
The aftermath of Hurricane Maria will also affect the annual Somos El Futuro conference, a post-election mainstay on the political circuit. “We are committed to moving forward in a constructive manner consistent with the real needs on the ground. As we work out the details, we will continue to reach out to you and look forward to your support,” Somos organizers wrote in an email. “Please rest assured that every effort is being made for us to collectively have the greatest impact during our planned time in Puerto Rico. The island needs us now more than ever.”

Ten Most Dangerous Bus Companies Revealed in IDC Report
After fatal Queens bus crash State Sen Jeff Klein and the IDC report details the most dangerous companies; proposes heightened safety record transparency & tougher penalties for bad actors. The Independent Democratic Conference has proposed a number of legislative solution to ensure that the buses New Yorkers ride on are safe.

Bronx Pols Protest Lack of Subway Accessibility
This week, State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Councilman Andy Cohen, TransitCenter, and the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign protested the lack of ADA compliant accessible subway platforms, working elevators and overall lack of accessible transportation. They called on the MTA to improve elevator maintenance practices and to develop a new plan to reach 100% ADA Compliance.

Where In The World is Michael Blake
On Friday evening, Assemblyman Blake delivered the keynote address at the Virginia Beach Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia.

Where The Pols Are, October 1
Governor Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

7:15 AM Governor Cuomo Delivers remarks at the implosion of the Old Kosciuszko Bridge. 400 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn

11:30 AM – A rally is held in support of Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm, 2271 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

12:00 PM – State Sen. Jamaal T. Bailey hosts a Disabilities Expo with more than 70 providers and more than 500 attendees, 177 Dreiser Loop, Auditorium A, B and C, Bronx.

12:45 PM — Comptroller Scott M. Stringer holds a press conference
72nd Street and Broadway (1/2/3 subway stop), Manhattan.

1:00 PM – A coalition of grassroots organizers lead the March for Racial Justice, Jay Street Plaza, corner of Jay Street and High Street, Brooklyn.

4:00pm – Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at the 33rd Annual Medieval Festival. Ft. Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Manhattan.

5:00 PM – The two-time defending North American Soccer League Champion New York Cosmos host the Puerto Rico Football Club, and 50 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave., Brooklyn.

6:15pm – Public Advocate Letitia James speaks at the 30th Annual Deepavali Festival. One Seaport Plaza, Manhattan.

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