MTA Bridges and Tunnels today announced that six healthy peregrine falcon chicks have been added to falcon families living in specially constructed nesting boxes atop the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. The falcons, who enjoy 360-degree views of the city skyline from their perches, were recently banded for wildlife monitoring, as happens every year.
The 2020 newcomers include three females atop the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge’s 693-foot tall Brooklyn tower and one male and two females atop the 215-foot Rockaway tower at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.
Each year, around the end of May, research scientist Chris Nadareski, of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, climbs to the top of the bridges and puts identifying bands on the falcon chicks. This helps wildlife experts keep track of the number of peregrines in the city and identify them in case they become sick or injured. The bandings took place on May 21, 2020, when the falcon chicks were about three weeks old.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels has been part of the state nesting program since 1983.
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We, the employees of The Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit providing public defense to low-
income Bronx residents, announced our intent to join the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 2325 on Friday, May 29, 2020. After an overwhelming majority of our office signed cards indicating support for unionization, we are calling for The Bronx Defenders management to recognize our union and begin bargaining immediately.
As defenders, we have witnessed relentless attacks on the people of The Bronx by the criminal, family, immigration, and housing legal systems. We have fought alongside Bronx families whose safety is jeopardized by policing, family separation, housing insecurity, unemployment, jail building, and other systemic injustices. On top of these forms of oppression, the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought devastation upon The Bronx community that will only be compounded without further intervention. To tackle these complex and entrenched injustices, The Bronx Defenders has transformed public defense with an innovative holistic defense approach that advocates for clients throughout their lives and across legal systems.
We joined The Bronx Defenders because of our commitment to holistic defense. However, as our office continues to grow in size and influence, the organization…
Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair and Poets Network & Exchange is the State of New York Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022. The award was bestowed by the National Beat Poetry Foundation.
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The Exonerated Five were shown giving a standing ovation during Sunday night’s Emmy Awards ceremony after Bronx-born Jharrel Jerome took home the award for lead actor in a limited series for When They See Us.
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You should know that in every profession, be it in law enforcement, teaching, clergy, etc., you will find rotten apples that give that profession a bad name, where unfortunately the entire entity gets painted with a broad brush.
For example, here in New York City, Governor Cuomo has asked our Attorney General Letitia James, to investigate recent events related to police misconduct for possible human and or civil rights violations during the recent demonstrations. Yesterday our Speaker, Corey Johnson, wrote a letter to the head of the City’s Department of Investigations (DOI) asking them on behalf of the NY City Council to also investigate these events. I believe that The City Council should instead reach out to its five appointees assigned to the CCRB, to also open an investigation into these matters.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board was created for this purpose. See: City Charter Cpt. 18-A. I was privileged to serve on the CCRB from 1993-1996 representing Bronx county. It was an entirely new agency at that time. The Board which, has members appointed by the City Council, the Police Commissioner, and jointly by the Mayor and Council, has subpoena power and is charged with investigating any type of police misconduct allegation specifically the FADE, violations, namely, force, abuse of authority, discourtesy or ethics slur. These charges if substantiated, may result in all types of sanctions including, termination of the police force.
It is important for you to know that The CCRB doesn’t have to wait until a complaint is filed. I will mention two actual cases. The first case is that of Anthony Baez, who on December 22, 1994, was placed in a choke hold killing him by Police Officer Francis Lavotti. As a member of the CCRB I brought this complaint to the full Board and demanded that Lavotti be fired immediately. Four years later Officer Lavotti was convicted of violations of the Federal Civil Rights of Baez, and was sentenced to seven and one-half years, in jail. In 1996 he was acquitted of State charges of manslaughter. He was finally fired in 1998.
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A Fordham graduate,…
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Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of Magalie Austin as Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE). In this role, she will work to foster the success of minority and women-owned businesses and oversee the City’s M/WBE Program. Along with access to procurement opportunities, Austin will ensure that M/WBEs also have access to services to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 as they recover from the pandemic. Maggie Austin previously served as the Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer for the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). While at DDC, she oversaw a massive increase in the department’s M/WBE utilization.
“M/WBEs are the backbone of New York City’s economy,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I am confident Maggie will continue on the important work we have done to ensure our M/WBEs have what they need to thrive and that they are recognized for the essential role they play across the five boroughs.”
“This is an amazing opportunity to continue the work I started at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. I am extremely honored Mayor de Blasio has tasked me to help lead this very important program, especially at this time,” said Maggie Austin, Senior Advisor for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. “M/WBE’s play a vital role in the City’s economy and I will work every day to ensure that we provide them opportunities to succeed. Their success makes New York City a stronger city, a fairer city, and a better city.”
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