Monday, April 30, 2012

ECPW Comes to Morris Park

  It may not have been the WWE with wrestling stars like John Cena, The Rock, or CM Punk, but it was great fun for the hundreds that came to the St. Francis Xavier gym Saturday night.  They saw stars and former champions like Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Scottie 2 Hottie, Rocky Jones, and even Bronxite "Ghetto Brown" who stole the hearts of many in the crowd when he defeated the mean spirited winner of the "Battle Royal" Trista Law. One little girl even said that her favorite wrestler was "The New Kid Dynamite", because he wrestled at St. Francis Xavier last year. Below are photos of the action, click any to enlarge the photo

Left- Announcer John Pantozzi and Ref Vinnie Ramano.   Right- Ghetto Brown takes care of a former manager who gave him bad advice.

Left- Close up of Ghetto Brown.  Right- close up of Scottie 2 Hottie before the action started.

Left- Ghetto Brown gives out t-shirts to the fans.  Right- Ghetto Brown before his match.

 Left - Vito "Mr.Italy" Carusso has Sal "The Shore Thing" DeMarco on the mat, right before the 123 count that sent DeMarco back to the Jersey Shore.   Right- Action going on in the Battle Royal.

Left- A wrestler is eliminated from the battle Royal landing next to the metal railing Ouch.  Right- Ghetto Brown going to the top rope for his finishing move to defeat Trista Law.

Left- "The Foreign Exchange with their manager Sir Lance Profit enter for their match against, (on the right) "America's Team" of Greg "The Hammer " Valentine and Andrew Anderson.

Left- The Hammer comes in to help his partner.  Right- Andrew Anderson about to go for the pin.

Left- Scottie 2 Hottie enters for his match.   Right- Scotties opponent (out on good behavior) "Crazy Ivan" in his prison jumper waits as Scottie warms up in the ring.

Left- Scottie flips Crazy Ivan.  Right- Crazy Ivan gets the upper hand over Scottie.

Left- Scottie 2 Hottie sets up to do the worm on Crazy Ivan.  Right- Scottie 2 Hottie raises his arm in victory after defeating Crazy Ivan.

 It was a great night of entertainment for those in the audience, and a few dollars for St. Francis Xavier School. 
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Liberty Democratic Association "Spring Fling"

  The annual Spring Fling  by the Liberty Democratic Association (based in the 80th A.D.) was a huge success, as over 75 people and many elected officials came to cheer on the LDA.
  New York City Comptroller John Liu, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, City Councilman Jimmy Vacca, State Senators Jeff Klein and Gustavo Rivera, State Assembly Members Jeffrey Dinowitz, Marcos Crespo, and Honoree Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson. Conspicuously absent was 80th Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, while her announced challenger Mr. Mark Gjonaj was in attendance. 
  All the elected officials praised the LDA in one way or another for their joint or individual help, as all the members of the LDA joined together to say that it is a team effort that makes the LDA so successful in what they do. Click on any photo to enlarge it.
Members of the LDA pose with honoree Assemblywoman Gibson

Bronx County Committee Chair Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz with 80th A.D. District Leader Kenny Agosto and Assemblywoman Gibson.

Left Senator Klein  -----  Right Councilman Vacca  Address the LDA.

Manhattan Borough President and 2013 candidate for Mayor Scott Stringer listens as Kenny and the LDA sing happy birthday to him.
Left-Comptroller John Liu shakes hands with 80th A.D. candidate Mark Gjonaj. Right- Members of LDA pose for a photo with 80th A.D. candidate Mark Gjonaj. 80th A.D. Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera did not attend the event.


STATEMENT FROM BOROUGH PRESIDENT DIAZ RE: Deadly Accident on Bronx River Parkway

  “My prayers, as well as those of my office and all Bronxites, go out to the families of the seven victims of today’s accident on the Bronx River Parkway. Our thoughts are with them as they try to grasp the horrific tragedy that has befallen them today.

  “For the second time in a year, an accident on the Bronx River Parkway has led to a car falling off the highway to the streets below. In the coming weeks my office will reach out to the appropriate agencies to examine the safety issues on the Bronx River Parkway and to discuss potential solutions, such as road condition and barrier/fence height, to this issue. 


Statement from Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo:

My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the Gonzalez family for the devastating loss of seven family members. While the circumstances surrounding the incident continue to be investigated, it is important that as a community we come together and lend our moral and financial support to the family.

I will be making a personal contribution of $500 to the Gonzalez family to assist with the cost of the funeral arrangements. I am also publicly urging our Bronx residents and all New Yorkers to consider lending their support to the Gonzalez family as they cope with this tragedy.

Donations can be made to: 

Account Name ---------------------Jaun D. GonZalez
Mailing address-----------634 TaylorAvenue
If you require additional information, call my office at 718-893-0202.


Bronx Conservative Committee Dinner

  Over 600 people were in attendance at Marina Del Ray Thursday night April 26th for the Annual Bronx Conservative Committee Dinner. Mr. Mark Gjonaj received not only a special award, but also the Bronx Conservative party endorsement as Bronx Conservative Party Chairman said "It is time we had an assembly member who will fight for the people of the 80th Assembly District".

  Ms. Wendy Long who is running for U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Kristen Gillibrand was in attendance as she is the choice of the Republican and Conservative parties. Also in attendance was the Bronx Republican Chairman Mr. Jay Savino. Below are just a few photos of the event.

Bronx Conservative Party Chairman Mr. Bill Newmark speaking to the crowd.
 Mr. Mark Gjonaj Democratic candidate for the 80th A.D. receives an award and the Bronx Conservative Party endorsement for the 80th A. D.   
Republican and Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate Ms. Wendy Long is in the middle of Bronx County Republican  Chair Mr. Jay Savino (left), Bronx County Conservative Chair Mr. Bill Newmark (right).

Saturday, April 28, 2012


  On Thursday, April 26, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in partnership with the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Health Plus and the Bronx Tourism Council, hosted the annual Bronx Israel Independence Day Festival, “Exploring Israel—You Don’t Have to Leave the Bronx to Experience Israel for a Day!” The fun-filled event offered games, food, rides and fun activities for the whole family. It  also featured a performance by Dafna & Shir Fun All Stars, a popular Israeli-American Hebrew music recording artist. In the picture with Borough President Diaz are Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and State Senators Jeffrey Klein and Gustavo Rivera. The event took place at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.

Here are just a few photos of the event.

Rabbi Weiss greets Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
BP Diaz signs condolence card to be given to the family of Hwang Yang.
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and State Senator Jeff Klein (who will represent all of Riverdale) join BP Diaz for a brief discussion.
A group shot of the elected officials with Rabbi Weiss and Rabba Sara Hurowitz the first woman ordained as an orthodox rabbi. 

Friday, April 27, 2012


  I am gratified that the police have arrested two suspects in the murder of Hwang Yang who was shot in Riverdale on April 19th. Said Councilman G. Oliver Koppell.
  It is my understanding that two men have confessed to their participation in the robbery and murder.
I know that the arrest of the alleged perpetrators will bring some peace to the Yang family, although nothing can compensate for the loss of this fine young man.
   I congratulate the 50th Precinct and the NYPD on the arrest of these alleged perpetrators.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


   City Comptroller John C. Liu issued the following statement about the Mayor’s veto of the Prevailing Wage Bill:

  “As a City employee the Mayor continues to ignore the widening wealth gap within the five boroughs. In opposing these bills, he is sending the wrong message, that our scarce taxpayer resources are better spent on lining the pockets of wealthy corporate executives rather than creating fair-paying jobs to support working families and the communities in which they live.  Needless to say, my office looks forward to the Council overriding these vetoes, and to continuing to enforce Prevailing Wage Laws, which help promote equality and fairness in our City.” 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gas Leak Outside PS , 81 Riverdale

  Shortly after 1 PM Tuesday afternoon PS 81 located at 5550 Riverdale Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx was evacuated when the smell of gas was discovered in the basement of the school. The NYFD and Con Edison quickly responded to the school, and soon there after the children were able to return to the building. Con Edison workers said that the gas leak was underground in the street possibly due to recent construction that may have damaged a gas pipe.
  Con Edison workers were still at the scene at 4 PM after PS 81 had let out trying to find the exact location of the gas leak. Boring holes were being drilled by Con Edison in the street and then tested for the amount of gas in them. The gas leak seemed to be near the connection of the gas main in the street that was recently connected to PS 81.
Fire engines and Con Edison trucks parked in front of PS 81
Con Edison workers check recent construction in front of PS 81
Firemen and Con Edison workers look at the gas main in the street.
Con Edison workers check next to new curb for any gas leak.
A nearby manhole is checked for any leaking gas.
Hours later Con Edison workers are drilling test bores in the street 
near the gas main checking for gas leaks.
Below after Con Edison workers found the gas leak they dug up the 
area by the old gas main, and repaired the leak.

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