Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Indian Point and New York’s Energy Future

Indian Point and New York’s Energy Future

Last summer, the State Department of Environmental Conservation held public hearing on its proposal to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant (located in Buchanan, NY), for up to three months a year to protect fish in the Hudson […]

by · March 22, 2015 · Editorials

Sheikh Moussa Dremmeh Mourns 7 Kids Lost in Midwood Fire

In response to the tragic house fire in Midwood, Brooklyn that took the lives of seven Orthodox children, Bronx Muslim leader (and Bronx Chronicle contributor) Sheikh Moussa Dremmeh of Parkchester shared his thoughts and prayers. From God we came, to […]

by · March 22, 2015 · Local News, Religion
De Blasio Proposes CompStat for School Crisis, Parent Decries Use of NYPD Method

De Blasio Proposes CompStat for School Crisis, Parent Decries Use of NYPD Method

(New York, NY) At Richmond Hill High School on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio said that his Renewal Schools program would borrow from the NYPD’s crime reporting tool, CompStat, in an effort to turn failing schools around. “We’re going to hold every one of […]

by · March 20, 2015 · Education News
Narco Freedom Execs Indicted On Fraud Charges

Narco Freedom Execs Indicted On Fraud Charges

(New York, NY)  Top executives of a Bronx nonprofit that provides drug and alcohol treatment to tens of thousands of New Yorkers were indicted for an alleged criminal enterprise plundering the charity, defraud Medicaid of more than $27 million and commit insurance fraud, […]

PARENTS CALL ON MAYOR DE BLASIO TO VISIT SCHOOLS THAT ARE CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

PARENTS CALL ON MAYOR DE BLASIO TO VISIT SCHOOLS THAT ARE CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

Real Answers to City’s Failing Schools Crisis Found in 46 High-Performing, High-Poverty District and Charter Schools–Not $150M “Renewal Schools” Gamble New York, NY – On Tuesday morning, Families for Excellent Schools called for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña to […]

Parents, Pols Rally for Education Tax Credit

Parents, Pols Rally for Education Tax Credit

  (Bronx, NY) One morning earlier this month after another snowstorm pelted the city, cheering parents and students filled the wooden gymnasium at St. Athanasius School in the Longwood section of the Bronx.  Joined by area politicians and community leaders, […]

by · March 15, 2015 · Education News, Government
CITY COUNCIL HONORS DC 37 FOR EBOLA RESPONSE

CITY COUNCIL HONORS DC 37 FOR EBOLA RESPONSE

  (New York, NY) On March 11, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (center) and other council member presented a proclamation to several District Council 37 leaders in appreciation of their members’ heroic efforts during the recent Ebola health crisis.  Among the […]

Congressman Serrano stands with NYC members of Congress, community activists and advocates to call for action on climate change and launch Takesides.org (03/12/2015)

Serrano, Community Leaders Launch Climate Change Coalition

  (Bronx NY) On Thursday, Congressman Serrano joined other members of Congress, community activists, and advocates to call for action on climate change and launch Takesides.org, a new coalition of Latino, Black, and other working class communities and community organizations. “Environmental […]

Congressman José E. Serrano spoke at the Community Advisory Boards of Lincoln Medical Center, Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center Eleventh Annual Legislative Summit. (03/13/2015)

Serrano Addresses Bronx Health Legislative Summit

Today, Congressman Serrano spoke at the Community Advisory Boards (CABs) of Lincoln Medical Center, Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center Eleventh Annual Legislative Summit. The purpose of the summit is to develop a […]

State Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson  and  Andrea Stewart-Cousins Salute  Rockland County Regent  Judith Johnson and the other women of the State Board of Regents.

Women’s History Month Salute: NYS Board of Regents

(Albany, NY) Bronx-Westchester Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins recently saluted the women of the New York State Board of  Regents.

by · March 13, 2015 · Education News, Government
BREAKING NEWS: State Business Council Backs Ending MMA Ban

BREAKING NEWS: State Business Council Backs Ending MMA Ban

The Business Council of NYS, Inc. supports legislation authorizing and properly regulating Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in New York State. Legislation lifting the MMA ban and bringing it under state regulations is currently pending in the NY State Legislature, Bills S.2159 (Griffo)/A.2604 […]

by · March 12, 2015 · Government, Sports

Bronx Council on the Arts Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month, Bluesman, Bronx resident and Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) BRIO winner Guy Davis, son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, takes the stage of the Hostos Repertory Theater on Friday, February 27 to perform […]

CRESPO POISED TO BECOME NEXT BX DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER

CRESPO POISED TO BECOME NEXT BX DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER

Multiple sources, including Bronx Chronicle columnist Anthony Rivieccio, are reporting that the executive committee of the Bronx Democratic Party meets tonight to elect Assemblyman Marcos Crespo as chairman of the executive committee, i.e., county leader. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, chairman of the […]

by · March 5, 2015 · Local News, Politics
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FORUM, 3/18

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FORUM, 3/18

Love Don’t Hurt On March 18, The Bronx Health Reach will present a Domestic Violence Forum at the Urban Health Plan’s Simpson Pavilion located at 1054 Simpson Street in the Bronx. The event’s poster is emblazoned with the slogan, “Love Don’t […]

by · March 4, 2015 · Family, Health & Nutrition, Women
Muslim Holidays Added To NYC School Calendar

Muslim Holidays Added To NYC School Calendar

City schools to recognize Muslim Holidays (New York NY) In a morning announcement, Mayor de Blasio fulfilled a campaign promise by adding two Muslim Holidays — Eid al-Adha & Eid al-Fitr — to the New York City public schools calendar. This shift […]

by · March 4, 2015 · Cultures, Faith, Government, News, Religion