Monday, April 23, 2018

Bronx DA Scheduled Cases of Interest Week of April 23rd

Cases of Interest for the Week of April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018
ADA Judge Part # Status Defendant Name Case Details
Borko, N.  Montano, A 96 Appearance    ABEL CEDENO Bronx teen charged with Manslaughter for fatally stabbing a 15-year-old boy and injuring another teen at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation. 
Powers Barrett 60 Hearing KEITH WALTON Walton, an NYPD Deputy Inspector in the Bronx, is charged with Sexual Abuse and additional crimes for allegedly grabbing a female subordinate and ordering her to kiss him.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Smith, J. Montano, A. 96 Court Appearance CISCO WARD Charged with Assault, Destruction of Property and several other charges for a shooting at a Morris Heights Burger King which injured one man and then carjacking a vehicle with a baby inside in March 2017. 
Miras, J. Michels, S. 71 Court Appearance Gilrael Ruperto  Sentencing after pleading guilty to Robbery as a Hate Crime Against the Elderly for a series of attacks, and Promoting Prison Contraband for having a scalpel while he was incarcerated in Rikers Island.
Birnbaum, A. Justice Best. 60 Sentencing Christopher Coachman  To be sentenced after conviction of first-degree Manslaughter for strangling his girlfriend.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Dolan, M. Michels, S. 77 Court Appearance  Haya Konte Charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a mother who left her two children alone in their apartment when a fire erupted due to burning incense. The children, two-year-old and 18-months-old, were killed.
Di Chiara, L. Michels, S. 77 Court Appearance JESSICA MIXON Charged with Assault and Reckless Endangerment for allegedly pushing her 2-year-old son, who was strapped to his stroller,down the stairs at the 149th Street and Grand Concourse subway station on June 1, 2017. 

Friday, April 27, 2018
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Learn About Safety Issues; Children Receive Free NYPD Child Identification Cards 

 Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that her office, in partnership with the New York City Police Department, Safe Horizon, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and the Fire Department, will host the second annual Bronx Child Safety Fair, welcoming families to hear from experts on safety concerns, receive a free Safe Child ID Card and enjoy a fun-filled day of games, music and more.

 The fair, which commemorates Child Abuse Prevention Month, will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Saint Simon Stock School located at 2195 Valentine Avenue. Children ages 3 to 13 and their families are welcome to attend. 

 District Attorney Clark said “Our main priority is to keep children from harm and I hope that you will join me on Saturday to learn how to make our community the safest it can be. Our inaugural fair last year was a tremendous success and I am pleased to host it again. It is a wonderful, fun and educational event for the Bronx.”  

 Safety topics that will be covered include bike safety, bullying prevention, Internet precautions and safe sleeping. Assistant District Attorneys will also be on hand to discuss safe and unsafe touching and the NYPD will distribute free SAFE Child Identification cards which contain a child’s name, biographical information and a fingerprint image of both index fingers. The cards can be easily carried and are an important tool used by the New York State AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs.

 The NYPD will be taking sign-ups for their summer youth programs. 

In addition to educational opportunities, entertainment will include a DJ, face painting, a bouncy castle, a raffle and free food.


One Officer’s Injuries Required A Year-Long Recovery 

 Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 76 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding two New York City police officers during a violent spree in the Bronx. 

 District Attorney Clark said, “Responding NYPD Officers risked their lives to stop the defendant, who left a trail of mayhem in the Bronx. Thankfully, they fully recovered and are back on active duty, promoted to detectives. The defendant will now spend the majority of his life behind bars for his vicious crimes.” 

 District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Jason Polanco, 26, of Decatur Avenue, was sentenced today to a total of 76 years in prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett. The defendant was found guilty by a jury on March 30, 2018 of first and second-degree Assault, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and two counts each of first and second-degree Robbery. 

 According to the investigation, on January 5, 2015, the defendant committed an armed robbery at a grocery store in the area of East 180th Street. Then-Police Officers (now Detectives) Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano, and NYPD Sergeants Cesar Gomez and Michael Pomerantz and NYPD Detective Edelman Santos, who were at the end of their shift, heard the radio call about the robbery and rushed to the area. When Dossi and Pellerano approached the location where the defendant was, he fired multiple times, striking Dossi in his left arm and back. It took about a year for him to recover. Pellerano was struck in his arm and side. After the shooting, the defendant carjacked a Chevrolet Camaro at gunpoint, ultimately crashing and then fleeing on foot. The defendant was arrested on January 6, 2015.

 District Attorney Clark thanked BXDA Detective Investigators Rita Bobe-Saleh, Brian Santana and Rocco Galasso for their assistance in the case.

‘Andrew Sandler Way’ Street Renaming Ceremony

  The 'Renaming Ceremony' will take place on this Saturday April 28th from 11am -12pm, at the Northwest corner of West 238th St and Waldo Ave. It would be a wonderful showing of respect for friends and the community to come out this weekend to celebrate Andrew Sandler's life and work. 

Andrew Sandler is the former District Manager of Bronx Community Board 7 who passed away last summer; Prior to his work with CB 7, Andrew was the Director of Constituent Services for Council Member Andrew Cohen and former Council Member Oliver Koppell as well as being a former intern for Congressman Eliot Engel.  

State Senator Gustavo Rivera - NYS Budget Town Hall

  State Senator Gustavo Rivera is very excited to invite you to his First Annual New York State Budget Town Hall. Please join us at Claremont International High School on Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 PM. We will discuss how the budget process directly affects our community and hone in on five topics: Health, Education, Housing, Criminal Justice, and Transportation.  

Join The Bronx Young Democrats for Their Annual Spring Gala - THIS THURSDAY

AARP Confirms: 88% of LGBT elders want LGBT trained care providers

AARP Dignity Denied LGBT Elder Survey
AARP Survey Demonstrates Acute Concerns of Older LGBT People
AARP recently completed a far-reaching survey that elevated statistics about the LGBT aging experience. LGBT elders fear discrimination in health care and are worried about coming out in long-term care facilities. Black and Latino LGBT populations have these anxieties in an even higher proportion.Perhaps the most telling statistic is that 88 percent of older LGBT people want LGBT-trained care providers. This validates the importance of SAGECare, SAGE's LGBT cultural competency training program, which has trained more than 10,000 providers in 46 states over the past year. “With this new survey, AARP has made a vital contribution to increasing awareness about the lives, challenges, and resiliencies of LGBT older people,” says SAGE CEO Michael Adams. “The important work now is to do everything possible to respond to the acute needs documented in the survey so that LGBT older people have the same opportunities in their later years as all older Americans.” 
How Does the Trump Administration Celebrate Women’s History Month?
The removal of the lesbian and bisexual women’s health pages from the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in March was just one of many erasures of LGBT people from the federal government. Within the past year, the same agency sought to erase LGBT elders from a critical aging survey, leading SAGE to raise the cry “We Refuse to Be Invisible.” In response to this latest affront, SAGE released a statement demanding that the administration restore these critical resources. 
50 Years After Fair Housing Act, LGBT People Still Face Housing Discrimination
April 11 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, a pivotal piece of legislation that laid the groundwork for housing protections for marginalized populations in the United States. Although the U.S. has taken great strides in the past 50 years to provide housing protections and ensure that those who break the law are held accountable, LGBT people still disproportionately suffer discriminationSAGE’s research indicates that nearly half of same-sex couples experience some sort of discrimination when seeking housing. Visit SAGE's National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative to access a wealth of LGBT-related housing resources.
The American Society on Aging Names SAGE CEO as Chair-Elect
The National Caucus on Black Aging (NCBA) and SAGE are proud to announce the election of NCBA CEO Karyne Jones as Chair of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and SAGE CEO Michael Adams as ASA Chair-Elect. Jones and Adams will assume their new leadership roles with ASA, the country’s oldest and largest association of professionals in the aging sector. “I see it as a great privilege to advance the essential work of the American Society on Aging by partnering with its outstanding new Chair, Karyne Jones,” says Adams. “Never has ASA’s work been more important than now, as we redouble our commitment to this country’s elders in the face of a rapidly aging population and growing doubts about our federal government’s bedrock commitment to older Americans,” he added.
SAGE Celebrates Women With SHE and Honors Bruce Williams for Work in South Florida
SAGE supporters at 2018 SHE event held in NYC
SAGE’s second-annual SHE event was held in conjunction with Women’s History Month on March 22at Mezzanine in NYC. More than 250 supporters danced the night away with great eats, drinks, and conversations. See photos »

On April 12, SAGE honored Bruce Williams, the director of senior services at Fort Lauderdale’s Pride Center, for the extraordinary work he does in support of the LGBT elders of that South Florida. Held at the home of Scott L. Bennett, this third SAGE & Friends Fort Lauderdale event brought together new friends and old in their support of SAGE's and Bruce’s work. See photos »
Mark Your Calendars!
April 29, 2018 | Lexicon Nightclub, New York, NY

May 12, 2018 | Home of Marc Ware, Beverly Hills, CA

May 31, 2018 | The Chastleton Ballroom, Washington, D.C.

June 2, 2018 | Fire Island Pines, NY

June 21, 2018 | Harlem, NY

November 8, 2018 | Nationwide