Monday, May 23, 2011
Here is a posting by Bronx News Network about State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. blasting Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Quinn over their support for gay marriage as opposed to spending more time supporting extending the rent regs. But, BNN points out that last year Diaz supported a rent freeze bill by former State Senator Espada that some say would have hurt tenants rights.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News writes today about the major financial difficulties at the Yankee Stadium parking lot. The $340 million parking system is in financial collapse, partly because customers are using only 31 percent of the 9000 parking spots. Gonzalez writes, "In a desperate effort to stave off default, the firm hiked its rates this season to $35 for self-parking and $48 for valet, from $23 and $36, respectively. The new prices have driven more fans away. Barely 100 patrons a game are forking out the $48 valet price, less than half what the company expected." Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. has suggested that the garage be torn down and a new hotel or other project be built in its place. What do you think?
Monday, May 16, 2011
In another chapter in the complex and almost bizzare public life of State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., has his lesbian granddaugther holding a counter-protest to his protest against marriage equality. Senator Diaz led a march down the Grand Concourse towards the Courthouse at 161st st. in oppostion to the movement to pass marriage equality in New York. Celeste Katz of the Daily News reports that "his granddaughter, Erica Diaz, a former Marine who said she was ousted under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, said her grandfather has met Torres, whom she hopes to one day marry. Despite their differences, she said she'd like her grandfather to attend the wedding."
Councilman James Vacca has led the charge to raise fines associated with the refusal of cabs to take passengers to the outer boroughs. The New York Post reports that fines are now $500 for the first offense and $1000 for the second offense. If you have ever tried to get a cab to the Bronx late at night you will appreciate this change.
Despite being indicted on charges of looting his own health care clinic, the New York Post reports that former State Senator Pedro Espada is asking a judge to allow taxpayer medicaid dollars to continue to pay his six-figure salary as the head of the clinic. He currently lives in an $800,000 home in Westchester and drives a $95,000 mercedes.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Here is an outstanding article from Andy Humm at the Gotham Gazette that takes a close look at member item funding from City Council members that goes to organizations that promote a religion and discriminate against certain groups such as gays or women. The article cites a number of examples, including a St. Patrick's Day committee in the Bronx funded by Councilman James Vacca, and explores the moral and legal issues raised by such appropriations.
Bronx News Network reports that the City's Economic Development Corporation released the results of its study on the impact of a living wage bill, and it findings are that it would potentially kill tens of thousands of jobs and stifle commerical development. Of course, a number of politicians, including Bronx Council members Oliver Koppell and Anabel Palma who sponsored the bill at the behest of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., panned those findings and called the process rigged. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has not taken a formal stance on the issue, but the Gotham Gazette reports that Councilman Koppell has stated that he is willing to consider using a rare motion to discharge the bill and bring it to the floor should Quinn not support the bill. UPDATE: Here is a recent Daily News article by Dan Beekman tracking the progress of this proposal.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Here is a bit of an odd story out of Albany. It seems that Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein and his Independent Democratic Conference are supporting legislation to ban doctors and some hospital workers from wearing neckties. It is believed that this will prevent the transfer of germs that might reside on the necktie. I guess they have not heard that the world has gone to casual wear.
Captial Tonight reports that State Senator Ruben Diaz Jr. is at it again over the issue of gay marriage. He is planning a rally for "traditional" marriage on May 15th -- the same day as the annual AIDS walk in NYC.