Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Mayor Bill de Blasio at the National Action Network to deliver remarks for the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

Leaders Observe the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Rev. Al Sharpton at the National Action Network in Harlem to deliver remarks for the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. The Mayor and Rev. Sharpton, along with other elected […]

by · May 25, 2021 · News
Success Academy South Ozone Park (Queens) Middle School. Credit: Success Academy

De Blasio OKs Success Academy-Queens Middle School

Mayor de Blasio has given Success Academy Queens families what they’ve been asking for: a suitable permanent middle school so that their children can continue their education. In August, Success Academy Ozone Park Middle School will open its doors to […]

by · May 24, 2021 · Education News
Democratic District Leader Marjorie Velázquez, candidate for the 13th City Council District.

NY’s DC 37 Endorses Bronx City Council Candidates

District Council 37, New York City’s largest public sector union representing 150,000 workers and 50,000 retirees, today endorsed eight new candidates for City Council, including four from the Bronx. These candidates add to the list of 31 candidates DC 37 […]

by · February 8, 2021 · Breaking News, News, Politics
Minimum Wage to Increase for Suburban and Upstate Workers

Minimum Wage to Increase for Suburban and Upstate Workers

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means ensuring that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a living wage. The fight to increase New York’s minimum wage began here in […]

by · December 30, 2020 · Government, Jobs, Labor, News
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Financial Focus: Will unionization come to home-based self-employed workers?

In the 1980s, the world was introduced to the word ” entrepreneurship.” In simple terms, it is self-employment. By the 1990s, many entered the world of entrepreneurship, believing that self employment would be better than working for corporate America. Before […]

Vernuccio’s View: Should China Be Expelled from the UN ?

Vernuccio’s View: Should China Be Expelled from the UN ?

There is a growing argument that China should be expelled from the United Nations. The U.N. was born to bring together the countries that defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and the other nations of the world together to promote […]

by · July 5, 2020 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Financial Focus: How to get a higher tax refund in 2021

Financial Focus: How to get a higher tax refund in 2021

By Professor Anthony Rivieccio MBA PFA Tax Planning is learning and applying the tax rules to your lifestyle. After keeping all ofyour tax deduction-related and business-related receipts, you apply them to your tax filing in the following year. Can you […]

Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds teams conduct a flyover New York City to honor medical workers on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds honor NYC medical workers with a flyover

Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration teams honored essential workers in New York City by performing an extended flyover of the city. A dozen aircraft flew over the New York City area beginning at noon on Tuesday, followed […]

by · May 10, 2020 · News
Governor Cuomo performs part of a three-step disinfectant process of a New York City Subway #7 train car at the Corona Maintenance Facility in the borough of Queens, NY Saturday morning May 2. Photo credit: Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo Tours NYC Subway Cars Being Disinfected for COVID-19

On Saturday, May 2, Governor Andrew Cuomo toured a Queens train facility where he observed NYC Subway workers using chemical disinfectant on and cleaning subway cars. Afterwards, he delivered a daily briefing on the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. “We want people […]

Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds teams conduct a flyover New York City to honor medical workers on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds soar in ‘America Strong’ tribute

On Tuesday, US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds demonstratiom teams conducted a flyover New York City to honor medical workers, first responders and other essential workers who are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Dubbed “America Strong,” the planes […]

by · April 29, 2020 · News
New York State Attorney General Letitia James

NY AG James Responds to US Attorney General Barr’s Plan to “Monitor” States

New York Attorney General Letitia James tonight released the following statement after U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a memo threatening to “monitor” and be “on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights […]

by · April 29, 2020 · News
Matters of Faith: A Time For Encouragement

Matters of Faith: A Time For Encouragement

By Rev. J. Loren Russell, MDiv. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” […]

by · April 19, 2020 · Faith, Matters of Faith, Religion
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NY State Ed Cancels June Regents Exams

State Board of Regents Chancellor Dr. Betty Rosa announced today that New York’s high school Regents exams scheduled for June will be canceled. Also, the Board of Regents today adopted emergency regulations to ease the burdens and provide important flexibility […]

by · April 6, 2020 · Education, Education News, News
Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr.

Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz urges immigrant medical professionals to join fight against COVID-19

You should know that there are about 65,000 certified doctors with licenses from other countries who cannot practice their professions due to not having the requirements that this nation demands. These medical workers, for the most part have vast experience […]

by · April 6, 2020 · Health, News
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (Flickr)

BP Diaz Visits Mobile Testing Site in Co-op City

Back on March 31, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. greeted workers setting up the new mobile testing site based out of Co-Op City that will help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobile testing site will provide […]

by · April 6, 2020 · Health, News