Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Opinion: De Blasio’s Centralized Power

Real Fight for NY: Jane Jacobs Decentralization vs de Blasio Centralized Control By Gary Tilzer It wasn’t enough for decision-makers to have knowledge of programs and services, “they must understand, and understand thoroughly, specific places,” Jane Jacobs wrote. And that […]

Reaction To Councilwoman Arroyo Resignation News Grows

In a news release this morning, South Bronx community activist Julio Pabón announced that he is running in a yet-to-be-called special election in light of Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo plan to resign her City Council post effective December 31. […]

Arroyo Says She Will Quit City Council At End of 2016

android-uri=”file:///storage/emulated/0/WordPress/images/wp-1448410722365″ /> In a surprise announcement Monday night, Democratic City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo said late Monday that she’s resigning her South Bronx seat effective Dec. 31, citing family issues. Arroyo, the daughter of longtime Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, […]

Public Advocate James Releases Worst Landlord List

Public Advocate James Releases Worst Landlord List

On Tuesday,  New York City Public Advocate Tish James released her office’s annual Worst Landlords List. Saying that every tenant deserves to live in safety and security, James asserted that every apartment needs to meet basic standards of decency. “That’s […]

by · November 24, 2015 · Government, Housing, Law, Local News, News

Pregnant Bronx Woman Stabbed in Stomach by Attacker Trying to Steal Baby

A pregnant Bronx woman was stabbed in the stomach by a woman apparently trying to steal her unborn child on Friday afternoon. She and her child were taken for treatment at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital. Sadly, the mother lost […]

by · November 24, 2015 · Breaking News, Crime, News, Women

Fan Duel/Draft Kings Stumble in New York

The Fan Duel/Draft Kings fantasy/gambling sites are shutting down in New York. Billions, literally, are at stake. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined that there is gambling in Casablanca, and will have none of it. The fantasy sites and their […]

by · November 23, 2015 · Government, Law, Op Ed
Albany-based Lobbying Firm Expanding into New York City.

Albany-based Lobbying Firm Expanding into New York City.

Statewide Public Affairs, an Albany-based lobbying firm expanding into New York City by partnering with veteran lobbyist and political operative Jim Quent. Quent, who has more than 20 years of experience in government, politics, and communications in international, federal, state, city […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Business
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Manhattan Office Space Vacancies Rising; NBA Players Assn Leaving Harlem HQ

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Manhattan office space vacancies increased as new office construction progresses and office tenants are now considering Brooklyn offices desirable. Meanwhile, conversions and demolitions from office use to Condo and Hotel continue unabated.   […]

by · November 16, 2015 · Business, News
Get Involved! Join Your Local Community Board

Get Involved! Join Your Local Community Board

Borough President Diaz Urges Bronx Residents to Apply to Join their Local Community Board Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is inviting Bronx residents to make a difference in their community by joining their local Community Board. The Office of […]

BREAKING NEWS: Suicide Bombings and Terrorist Attacks In Paris

BREAKING NEWS: Suicide Bombings and Terrorist Attacks In Paris

60 Dead, 100 Hostages in Paris Attacks At least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said. Two explosions, […]

by · November 13, 2015 · Breaking News, News, World News
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NY AG Clashes With DraftKings and FanDuel Over Legality of Online Fantasy Sports Gaming Sites

Fantasy Football Fans Attempted To Sack NY Attorney General Schneiderman Earlier today, 200 supporters of daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings gathered outside New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s New York City office at 120 Broadway  to protest […]

by · November 13, 2015 · Consumer Rights, Government, Law, News, Sports


  FreshDirect CEO and co-founder Jason Ackerman, Director of Fleet Operations Michael Derrig, & FreshDirect Transportation employees hold the 2015 EPA NEDC Breathe Easy Leadership Award   FreshDirect recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for investments in technologies to significantly […]

PA James Introduces Legislation to Protect Pedestrians in New York City

Outdated Law Gives Drivers Right of Way During Crosswalk Countdown NEW YORK — Public Advocate Letitia James announced new legislation to protect pedestrians crossing at intersections in New York City. Current law states that as soon as a flashing red […]

ShareRoller:  Handy E-Bike and E-Scooter Kit

ShareRoller: Handy E-Bike and E-Scooter Kit

Indiegogo campaign brings the first portable and removable electric assist for bicycles, kickscooters, even bike share, along with an e-bike/e-scooter bundle   NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — What if one compact device could add electric power to everything you […]

by · November 10, 2015 · Sports, Technology, Transportation

Condolences to State Senator Jeff Klein on Passing of his Mother

Albany-based reporter Nick Reisman reporting on writes: “Marilyn Klein, the mother of Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein, has died, a spokeswoman for the IDC said.  Klein, 77, was a former female Democratic district leader for the 80th […]