Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Profile America: Prohibition

Profile America: Prohibition

Tuesday, January 29th. There have been 27 ratified amendments to the U.S. Constitution over the past 225-plus years, but that total comes with an asterisk. Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which began its short career this month in1919. […]

by · January 29, 2019 · Bulletin Board, Profile America
Where The Pols Are, January 29

Where The Pols Are, January 29

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public appearances or interviews yet scheduled. At 9:30 a.m., the Assembly and Senate hold a joint legislative hearing on the public protection portion of the governor’s 2019-20 budget, Hearing Room B, LOB, […]

Profile America: First State-Chartered University

Sunday, January 27th. “To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.” That’s the motto of the University of Georgia, which on this date in 1785 became the young nation’s first state-chartered university. Royally chartered private universities […]

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Saturday, January 26th. On this date 36 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. The popular program drew acclaim as […]

Where The Pols Are, January 25

Where The Pols Are, January 25

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. At 7:45 a.m., former NYC Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, now a public advocate candidate, greets commuters at the Borough Hall 2, 3, 4, 5 Train Station, Court Street, […]

The first transcontinental phone call occurred on January 25, 1915.

Profile America: First Transcontinental Phone Call

Friday, January 25th. On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San […]

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The AOC

Today in The AOC, the young Bronx congresswoman continues to take Washington, DC, the nation and the media by storm. Earlier today, the Washington Post reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) proposes a “2% wealth tax” (really a surcharge) on […]

George F. Green, inventor of the dental drill. William J. Hammer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Profile America: Electric Dental Drill Patented

Thursday, January 24th. An invention that’s helped millions, but which no one really likes was patented this week in 1875—the electric dental drill. Those who dread the device should consider the primitive state of dental technology before George Green of […]

by · January 24, 2019 · History, Profile America, Technology
Where The Pols Are, January 24

Where The Pols Are, January 24

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events At 8 a.m., NYC Councilman Andy King will be attending the Clergy Coalition of the 47th NYPD Precinct Annual Prayer Breakfast, Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Rd., the Bronx. […]

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“Safe” Injection Sites Gets Thumbs Down From Councilman Andy King

Bronx Councilman Andy King recently sent out a “Dear Friend” letter to supporters explaining his opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to create safe-injection sites for IV-drug users. In the letter King asks, “Did you know the City of […]

by · January 24, 2019 · Bulletin Board, Government, Health, News
Bronx Borough President’s 2019 Calendar of Upcoming Events

Bronx Borough President’s 2019 Calendar of Upcoming Events

  Black History Month Celebrating African-American History & Culture Wednesday, February 13th 6 pm Dominican Heritage Month Thursday, February 28th 6 pm Irish Heritage Month Thursday, March 14th 6 pm Women’s History Month Thursday March 21st 6 pm LGBTQ Thursday, […]

State Legislature to hold Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Feb. 13

State Legislature to hold Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Feb. 13

Today, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie released a statement on tackling sexual harassment in New York: “Sexual harassment impacts employees across the country, including right here in New York. No industry is free from the […]

by · January 17, 2019 · Bulletin Board, News, Women
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Instagram)

Welcome to The AOC

“The AOC,” is a new feature that will attempt to compile and chronicle happenings in the life of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest Member of Congress, democratic socialist, social media master blaster, Twitter assassin, Instagram gangsta and Queen of […]

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Press Clips: Crime Spikes in The Bronx

Bronx Police Statistics for Year Ending 2018 Show big increase over 2017 By Robert Press The year-end 2018 NYPD Comp Stat report shows a 25 percent increase in murder, and an 14+ percent increase in rape over 2017 in the […]

by · January 13, 2019 · Crime, News, Police Blotter, Press Clips
Bank of North America, 1781. Source: Free Library of Philadelphia

Profile America: Bank of North America, 1781

Monday, January 7th. During the Revolutionary War, the rebelling colonies and the Continental Congress were anything but too big to fail. To the contrary, finances were very spotty and precarious. To help put affairs in order and make credit available, […]