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NorthEast Bronx Association Inc.

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'

 June 2017


Next Meeting: Monday June 26, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speakers: Nivardo Lopez, Commission of NYC Department of Transportation for the Bronx.  Also, Mr. Charlie Samboy from NYS Economic Development Corp.  Both Speakers will be address traffic concerns in our area, especially related to the proposed Baychester Square Mall at Gun Hill Road.

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.


Welcome Commissioner Lopez







By Mark 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 facing.

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 transportation concerns.

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 (CUNY).


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday June 26, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest 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 present.



From Da Prez…

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.

Also 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 your calendars!

·         Car 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.

·         Pelham Parkway North Reconstruction:  This project may finally get started late summer or in the fall and it will take about four years to complete.

Free Yoga Night

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.

Senior Resources

Marie Villiza is the founder of Elder Impact, an organization dedicated to helping seniors stay healthy, connected, and up on today’s news and developments. That’s why I’m sharing with you a collection of great resources we put together.

·         The Boomer's Ultimate Guide to Adding Value to Your Home

·         9 of the Best Travel Destinations for Seniors and Retirees

·         Downsizing in Your Senior Years? Decluttering Tips for Seniors

·         Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities

·         Healthy Aging Into Your 80s and Beyond

·         Substance Abuse And Addiction In The Elderly

·         Caring for Elderly Parents: Managing Role-Reversal

·         Senior-Friendly Remodeling

·         Aging Parents And Children Should Talk About Finances

·         Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living: Identify Potential Warning Signs that It’s Time for a Move

·         Caretakers' Guide to Moving Seniors Into a Facility

·         Checklist: Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service

·         Reasons for Cremation or Burial: Practical and Personal Considerations

(Editors note:  These resources are all on the internet – please visit our website www.nebxassn.com where you will find the links.)

You may visit www.elderimpact.org or contact marie_villiza@elderimpact.org.

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 each other.

     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 for failure.

     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, “I’m sorry”.

     Congratulations to all graduates everywhere.

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

By Lori Borgman

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 sweet.

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?

By Mark Saplicki

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.

     Deeply 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.   

George Washington


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