Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Puerto Rico $72B Debt Crisis Raises Concerns, Inaction

Puerto Rico $72B Debt Crisis Raises Concerns, Inaction

On Monday, Alejandro García Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico, told a television audience that the island commonwealth is just days away from a historic economic collapse and is unable to repay its estimated $72 billion in debt. The threat of default […]

by · June 30, 2015 · Business, Community Affairs, News
Rent Guidelines Board Votes Rent Freeze

Rent Guidelines Board Votes Rent Freeze

On Monday night, history was made when the Rent Guidelines Board voted for a rent freeze for the first time in NYC, a decision that will affect 1 million rent-stabilized residents in the city. The board voted against any increase on one-year […]

by · June 30, 2015 · Government, Housing
BREAKING NEWS: Fugitive Prison Escapee Shot and Captured

BREAKING NEWS: Fugitive Prison Escapee Shot and Captured

David Sweat, (l) shot and captured; Richard Matt (r), shot and killed. BREAKING NEWS: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says David Sweat, the convicted killer who escaped from maximum security prison 23 days ago, has been shot and captured. The […]

by · June 28, 2015 · Breaking News, Crime, News
BREAKING NEWS: 1 NY Prison Escapee Dead, 1 Still On The Run

BREAKING NEWS: 1 NY Prison Escapee Dead, 1 Still On The Run

Earlier this evening, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo gave an update on the search for escaped inmates Richard Matt (pictured below) and David Sweat in Malone, New York. Governor Cuomo briefed the media this evening that at approximately 3:45 p.m. today, […]

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Cuomo, Legislature Reach Agreement on Rent Laws, 421a But Not MMA

In an email to supporters, Governor Andrew Cuomo described his end-of-session agreement with legislative leaders that addresses many of the important issues facing New York. Cuomo referred to his bold vision for New York: “one that promised to expand opportunity, […]

Bronx Officials React To SCOTUS Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 States

Bronx Officials React To SCOTUS Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 States

It was around 1o o’clock Friday morning when the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark 5-4 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 States and territories under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the United […]

by · June 26, 2015 · Government, LGBT Issues, News
Former Bronx Rep. Mario Biaggi

Former Bronx Congressman Mario Biaggi Dies At 97

Mario Biaggi, a highly decorated former New York City police officer and a popular 10-term Democratic congressman from the Bronx died on Wednesday at his home in the Bronx. He was 97. Biaggi’s passing was reported by his longtime spokesman […]

Cuomo will get the power to preside at weddings

In a last, last minute development, Governor Andrew Cuomo has requested the power to marry people. People familiar with his push note that Cuomo has received several requests to solemnize gay weddings since 2011, when he signed a law legalizing […]

by · June 25, 2015 · Government, Law, LGBT Issues, News
Political Round Up: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

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 […]

by · June 25, 2015 · Bronx Politics, Local News, News
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AMERICAN, INTERNATIONAL BOMB SQUADS AND TACTICAL TEAMS TO ‘RAVEN’S CHALLENGE’

Local, State, Federal, and International Teams Train at State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY Bomb squads, explosive detection canine teams, and tactical teams representing groups from New York and several states, federal entities, and Canada are participating in the […]

BREAKING NEWS: US Supreme Court Upholds ‘Obamacare’

BREAKING NEWS: US Supreme Court Upholds ‘Obamacare’

This morning the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Health Care (ACA) plan derisively referred to as ‘Obamacare’ by conservative critics.  For the second time in three years, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Court’s liberal Justices in upholding […]

#Not62: STATE ANNOUNCES $658 MILLION TO SUPPORT NUTRITION PROGRAMS BENEFITING BRONXITES IN NEED

#Not62: STATE ANNOUNCES $658 MILLION TO SUPPORT NUTRITION PROGRAMS BENEFITING BRONXITES IN NEED

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $658 million to support access to healthy and nutritious food for some of New York’s most vulnerable residents. The funds will be awarded to 92 health and wellness providers that administer New York State’s […]

MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION IN NEW YORK HITS 70-YEAR HIGH

MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION IN NEW YORK HITS 70-YEAR HIGH

State Retains Its Standing as Nation’s #2 Producer of Maple Syrup Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that maple syrup production in New York reached its highest level in 70 years, allowing the state to retain its standing as the second […]

Senator Diaz Criticizes Mayor Bill de Blasio Stand on Dominican Republic

What You Should Know By Senator Rev Rubén Díaz You should know that this past Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to go to Upper Manhattan in the midst of the Dominican community to ask for a […]

Activists Win Battle Battle Over LG Tower At Hudson Palisades

Activists Win Battle Battle Over LG Tower At Hudson Palisades

New York Elected Officials Instrumental in Litigation Forcing LG Retreat on Proposal State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Congressman Eliot Engel (D-Bronx/Westchester), Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) praised the agreement announced today […]