Saplicki & Vincent Prezioso
We are please to have
as our guest speaker Mr. Nivardo Lopez the newly appointed Commission for the
NYC Department of Transportation for the Bronx.
Mr Lopez is a native of the Bronx and we are hopeful this will make him
a bit more sensitive to the various issues with transportation we are currently
Nivardo Lopez was
appointed Bronx Borough Commissioner in January 2017. In this role, he advises
the Commissioner on all policy issues affecting transportation in the Bronx and
works with the various divisions within the agency to ensure the delivery of
DOT services in the borough. Mr. Lopez also acts as the agency liaison to Bronx
residents, business, elected officials, and community boards to address their
Mr. Lopez joined DOT in
September of 2014 as the Director of Legislative Affairs, responsible for
developing the agency's legislative agenda. During his tenure he helped to
secure the passage of a City Council local law increasing the amount of
Accessible Pedestrians Signals that DOT installs and also with the State law
expanding the Bus Lane Camera Enforcement Program. Also as Legislative Director
Mr. Lopez drafted all public testimony given by the Commissioner or other
senior staff in front of the City Council. In 2015 he moved over to the Bronx
Borough Commissioner’s Office as Deputy Borough Commissioner.
Prior to working for
the agency, Mr. Lopez worked for Comptroller Scott Stringer as Director of City
Legislative Affairs and also for the Bloomberg Administration as the Bronx
Director for the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit. Mr. Lopez began his career in
NYC government working at the New York City Council, first for Bronx Councilman
James Vacca and then as a Legislative Policy Analyst for the City Council's
Committee on Transportation. Before entering government Mr. Lopez worked as the
Bronx Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), a non-profit
that assists low income individuals in NYC Family Court and also for Barthco
International, a customs brokerage and logistics company based in Philadelphia.
Mr. Lopez is a longtime
resident and native of the Bronx. He holds a B.A. in History from Saint
Joseph's University and a M.A. in History from The City College of New York
Meeting: Monday June 26, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill
Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.
Speakers: Mr. Nivardo Lopez, NYC Commissioner of the Department of Transportation
for the Bronx. Also, Mr. Charlie
Samboy from NYS Economic Development Corp
Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS
Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be
NO MEETINGS OR
NEWSLETTER IN JULY OR AUGUST.
By Vincent Prezioso
I am hopeful that you
will come out for out last meeting of the season. Commission Nivardo will be available to field
your questions regarding traffic and other concerns.
at our next meeting we have arranged for Mr Charlie Samboy from the NYS
Economic Development Corp to speak to us about the proposed new mall
(Baychester Square) on our border at Gun Hill Road. Mr. Samboy will be bringing a representative
from the developer of the proposed new complex.
As you know, we cannot control what goes in at that location because it
is CB12 jurisdiction. However this is an
opportunity to voice your opinion about the project - especially as it will
directly affect traffic in our area. Mark
break-ins: The 49th Precinct
has advised us of an upturn in this crime.
Don’t want your windows broken?
Then do not leave any items visible inside your car.
DOT project at
Boston Post Road and White Plains Road:
Several improvements for traffic and pedestrian safety are planned.
North Reconstruction: This project may
finally get started late summer or in the fall and it will take about four
years to complete.
Bronx Borough President
Ruben Diaz Jr. Presenta a free night of Yoga.
The event will take place on Tuesday June 27 from 6 to 8pm, at the
Veterans’ Memorial Hall, The Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse. RSVP to the BP’s Office at 718-590-6001.
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Abuse And Addiction In The Elderly
for Elderly Parents: Managing Role-Reversal
Parents And Children Should Talk About Finances
It’s Time for Assisted Living: Identify Potential Warning Signs that It’s Time
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Guide to Moving Seniors Into a Facility
Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service
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How To Fail-A Lesson For All!
By James Jackowski Sr.
What strange tales I would tell if I were the guest
speaker at a graduation, especially a high-school graduation. To get at those minds still fresh from the
accomplishment of 12 years education – what an opportunity.
I would tell them something they never
thought they would hear: I would tell how to fail.
You know, anyone can tell you how to
succeed. There are thousands of books on
the subject. The blueprints and formulas
are all there for anyone to follow. What
is not found very often are directions on how to fail. I would tell the graduates that success is
never guaranteed, no matter how closely you follow the diagrams. Failure, however, is pretty much a certainty,
and not just once, but probably several times in your life.
You will fail if you are inconsiderate of
others. So many people think the world
was created just for them, and they disregard the feelings of others. We must share the space on this planet with
You will fail if you think anybody owes
you anything because of your education.
The only ones who are owed anything are those whose victories and
defeats paved the way for all the opportunities available to you. Among those might be your great-grandparents
who now live in a nursing home.
You will fail if you start your business
life looking for a job that suits you.
You must suit the job. Applying
for any kind of work in a T-shirt and jeans will further enhance your chance
You will fail if you climb a corporate
ladder by stepping on people. As the
saying goes, “You will meet the same people on the way down”.
You will fail if you are intolerant of
individuals with strange-sounding names and different color skin. Remember, you are just as different to them.
You will fail if you do not try to right a
wrong whenever possible. You will fail
if you see abuse and do not speak out against it. You will fail if you see corruption and do
not fight it. You will fail if you
suffer bad politicians and do not bother to vote.
You will experience the biggest failure of
all if you believe the romantic notion that “Love means never having to say
you’re sorry”. For in truth, anyone who
has lived long enough to retire will tell you that love means just the
opposite. It means being able to say,
Congratulations to all graduates
James Jackowski Sr. was a local columnist who passed
away in 2002. We are thankful for the
legacy of caring and compassion that he left us.
The Death of Common Sense
Three yards of black fabric
enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by
the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka
C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the
millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago
entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to
close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself
to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks
get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.
Rules and regulations and petty,
frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was
credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the
discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the
C.S. also developed sound
financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting
strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans
(offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).
Are we still grateful for our Independence?
The founding fathers and framers of the
constitution who initiated the separation of church and state were humble and
grateful to God the great ruler of nations.
So what has happened since then?
In my humble opinion it is because we have steadily turned away from
that foundation, but more importantly we have lost a national respect for God
in our society and have become ungrateful for all the blessings He has bestowed
upon us. George Washington’s issued the
following proclamation in 1795. See if
you do not see the irony when comparing those times to ours.
When we review the calamities which afflict so
many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much
matter of consolation and satisfaction.
Our exemption hitherto from foreign war – an increasing prospect of the
continuance of that exemption – the great degree of internal tranquility we
have enjoyed – the recent confirmation of that tranquility, by the suppression
of an insurrection which so wantonly threatened it – the happy course of our
public affairs in general – the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our
citizens, are circumstances which peculiarly mark our situation with
indications of the divine beneficence towards us. In such a state of things it is, in an
especial manner, our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate
gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to ALMIGHTY GOD, and
to implore him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience.
Penetrated with this sentiment, I George Washington, President of the United
States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all
persons whomsoever within the United States, to set apart and observe a day of
PUBLIC THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER;
and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to
the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which
distinguish our lot as a nation; particularly for the possession of
constitutions of government, which unite, by their union establish liberty with
order – for the preservation of our peace foreign and domestic – for the
seasonable control which has been given to a spirit of disorder, in the
suppression of the late insurrection – and generally, for the prosperous course
of our affairs, public and private; and at the same time, humbly and fervently
to beseech the kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us
– to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him
for them – to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value – to preserve us
from the arrogance of prosperity, and from hazarding the advantages we enjoy by
delusive pursuits – to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors, by
not abusing them, by our gratitude for them, and by a corresponding conduct as
citizens and as men – to extend among us a true and useful knowledge – to
diffuse and establish habits of sobriety, order, morality, and piety; and
finally, to impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the
whole family of mankind.
This Independence Day, say
a prayer for all who sacrificed their lives for your freedom. Freedom is not free! God bless you and your families and God bless