Bronx Political Round Up: Torres Makes Hay Over NYCHA

Councilmembers Grill NYCHA for Answers
Reports show that almost 80% of NYCHA residents have been without heat or hot water at one point throughout the 2018 winter season. Bronx Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Rafael Salamanca Jr. demanded answers and continued the fight for the accountability and transparency that NYCHA residents deserve. “The lack of accountable and transparent leadership at NYCHA can be seen in the Authority’s public mishandling of the heating crisis,” said Torres in his opening statement at last Tuesday’s public hearing.

Predatory Tow Trucks on West 230th and Broadway

Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz’s office reports complaint about the tow trucks operating at the Dunkin Donuts’ parking lot on West 230th Street and Broadway. This week several cars were towed, allegedly for illegally parking there and while parking in the lot is reserved for Dunkin Donuts’ customers only, victims have reported that cash payment was demanded, which is illegal.

Customers who believe that they were ripped off by the tow operators who demanded cash or demanded the full payment just to unhook their cars ($125 dollars plus tax), are encouraged to call Assemblyman Dinowitz’s district office at 718-796-5345 so his staff can help you file a complaint with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Schumer Secures Funding for Hurrican-Ravaged Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

This week, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer successfully fought to ensure that more than $89 billion in disaster funds was earmarked for the communities impacted by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in the just-passed budget deal. Specifically these funds will help aid in the recovery and rebuilding process following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

The recently enacted federal spending bill addresses wide-ranging issues from recovery, repairing of infrastructure and homes, and addressing the Medicaid crises on the islands to installing mitigation measures that will better protect the islands in the future.

The Week’s Best Tweets

.@cherylwillsny1 speaking at our #blackhistorymonth #bhm celebration in #coopcity #bronx #nyc !

— Ruben Diaz Jr. (@rubendiazjr) February 10, 2018

It was a pleasure to be at @GCAMEZ in Mount Vernon today with @DFJNYS to discuss issues of importance around the criminal justice system, specifically discovery.

— Jamaal T. Bailey (@jamaaltbailey) February 10, 2018

I would like to thank @NYSenatorRivera for taking the time out and listening to my concerns about @icsny @UnitedSpinal @NYCSpinal and the disabled community at Putting Community at the Center of Transforming our Bronx Health hosted by @HostosCollege . Thank You.

— Jose (@ezjose1) February 10, 2018

Ok, I see you @steveaoki @GraceParra360 and DC Millennials who #CommitToVote for @TheDemocrats. We are #TheNewDNC

— Michael Blake (@MrMikeBlake) February 10, 2018

Where The Pols Are, 2/11

6:00 AM — CM Ritchie Torres appears on Marvin Scott’s Close up and on Pix11’s Facebook page at 11 AM to discuss the crisis at NYCHA.

8:00 AM — Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. appears on “Open Line.” WBLS 107.5 FM.

8:30 AM — CM Ritchie Torres appears on Cats Roundtable Radio Program with John Catsimatidis, 970AM (8:30AM – 10AM),

11:30 AM — Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. brings greetings to the Queen of All Saints R.C. 23rd Annual Black History Celebration. Queen of All Saints R.C. Church – St. Joseph’s Hall–Lower Church – 300 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn.

2:00 PM — Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City Public Advocate James and Bronx Borough President Diaz Jr. attends the swearing in ceremony for Assembly Member Al Taylor. NewYork-Presbyterian – Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium – 173 Fort Washington Avenue, Manhattan.

— Compiled by Michael Benjamin

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