By Jonas Bronck Published on Jul 15, 2019
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The NY ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program is a tax-advantaged savings plan administered by the Office of the New York State Comptroller and is designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence and quality of life without risking their Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other means-based benefits.

If you know someone who is living with a disability or is caring for a loved one with a disability, please encourage them to visit NY ABLE or call 1-855-5NY-ABLE to learn more about opening an account.

This weekend, State Comptroller DiNapoli and representatives from the NY ABLE program will march in the Disability Pride Parade in New York City, joining others to promote inclusion, awareness and visibility of people with disabilities. Make sure to follow the Comptroller’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to see photos from the day.

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Grab a blanket or chair and come out to enjoy live music in Rev. Lena Irons Unity Park in Bronx.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 13, between the hours of 03:00 – 06:00 p.m. and will be hosted by the award-winning Morrisania Band Project.

The concert is sponsored by Partnerships for Parks, Citizens Committee for New York City, and Council Vanessa L. Gibson.

Free, all ages welcome.

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Rev. Lena Irons “Unity Park”
Washington Avenue & E. 168th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

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Editorial

You should know that it is very sad to learn that the political turmoil in my beloved Puerto Rico has turned violent as demonstrations against the local government there continues to intensify.

My fervent hope and prayer, especially in light of the destruction that was done to the island by Hurricane Maria and the fact that Puerto Rico has not yet recuperated from that devastation, that no groups or individuals will cause further damage to any property during the protests or rallies in Puerto Rico, no matter how passionate any demonstrator might feel.

Since one of Puerto Rico’s primary sources of revenue is tourism, our beautiful resorts, and tropical regions attract visitors to return year after year, rioting in the streets will have long-term damage not only to the economy but to how the world views us as a people.

You should already know that I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and my heart has been, is now, and will always be with the people in Puerto Rico.

It is important for those organizing demonstration in Puerto Rico to be sure that vandalism to private properties, stores, vehicles, etc, etc, are protected. I am a concern that there may be some opportunist that would take advantage of looting and committing regrettable acts that would shame Puerto Rico.

My dear reader, Puerto Rico’s future remains in my prayers, and I trust it will also remain in yours.

I am Councilmember Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr. and this is what you should know.

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This morning, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will introduce two resolutions designed to increase diversity at the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), which administers the retirement benefits for over 350,000 members, by increasing the pension fund’s contracting with Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE).

“Our city is the most diverse in the world, and our investment decisions should reflect that diversity,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who serves as a trustee on the NYCERS board. “For too long, NYCERS has failed to provide enough opportunity to M/WBE fund managers, and these two resolutions are the first step towards providing true equity at the largest pension management system in the world.”

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City Parks Foundation’s “Family Adventure Race” is an exciting, parent-child race that incorporates basic exercises and sports skills, and provides a healthy, one-hour dose of fun for parents and youth aged 8-12. The 2019 races will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan, and Crotona Park in Bronx this July and August, on a timed course featuring 12 activity stations.

Team members must properly perform the required exercise or task together before advancing to the next station and final run to the finish line.

Activities include: javelin throw, jumprope, hurdles, a mini-climbing wall and more. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each race. All participants who finish the race will receive a medal. Registration in advance is encouraged and walk-ups are welcome. Each park will feature two races at 09:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

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