This week, it’s all about jobs


Available: Open seat in the 79th Assembly District covering Morrisania and East Tremont.

Previous occupant: Eric Stevenson, convicted of bribe receiving on Monday, Jan. 13. Next assignment to be determined on sentencing May 20.

Responsibilities: Providing constituent services, enacting laws and avoiding indictment and conviction.

Hiring process: To be determined by Gov. Cuomo, with candidates either required to run in special election with date yet to be set (Bronx Democratic Party backing a definite plus), or in a possible June (pending) or regular Sept. open primary.


After a bitter fight for City Council Speaker, we’ll be seeing who gets the plums and who gets the pits at the next City Council meeting Wednesday, Jan. 22.

We’d expect Brooklyn Dem Boss Frank (Judas) Seddio to get some prime committee chairmanships and other jobs for his delegation after betraying Bronx Boss Carl (The Lesser) Heastie and Queens Boss Joe Crowley in a triumvirate backing Manhattan’s Dan Garodnick.

South Bronx/East Harlem winner Melissa (Still thinking of nickname) Mark-Viverito will likely also take care of that august body’s progressive wing and others that backed her (We hear James Van Bramer of Queens may be in line to chair the powerful finance committee, while David Greenfield of Brooklyn will get land use).

Still, as veteran political consultant George Arzt put it, “There’ll be a lot of fence mending. There’s a lot of committees there. I’m sure neither the Bronx or Queens are going to get shut out on this, though the Bronx will get some crumbs.”


Add to the list of early supporters of Council Speaker winner Melissa VV South Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano, and 80th Assembly District district leader Kenny Agosto.


Dirk McCall, former communications director for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ex-exec director of the defunct Bronx Community Pride Center, now director of external affairs for BP Ruben Diaz Jr., replacing Prisca Salazar-Rodriguez, upped to deputy chief of staff.


Eric Soufer, Senator Jeff Klein’s communications director for his Independent Democratic Conference, corrects us. Former NY Post investigative reporter Candice Giove came on board as DEPUTY director (and potential hatchet wielder, we’d guess), while Anna Durrett remain’s Jeff’s district press secretary.


That was some lovefest at the County Building Thursday evening, Jan. 9 as Judge Douglas McKeon swore in Boro Prez Ruben Diaz Jr. and the council delegation, including newbies Vanessa Gibson, Andy Cohen and Ritchie Torres into office.


•Mayor Bill de Blasio giving a shoutout to the 40th anniversary last year of the birthplace of Hip Hop at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue – “one of the great moments in American history.”

Sartorial pride. Northeast Bronx Councilman Andy King, who showed up at City Hall for the Speaker’s vote wearing a bright burnt orange jacket, at the inauguration wearing the borough’s official colors with a blue jacket, orange vest and shoes and white shirt. Sunglasses, please.

Civics 101. “Progressive” Melissa Mark-Viverito taking a pass on holding her hand to her heart during the singing of the national anthem, definitely leaving Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. none too happy.

•Freddy Ferrer, new head of the borough’s Centennial Commission, sans his long gone soup-strainer mustache, now sporting some gray face fuzz.

•Former city Commissioner of Records Brian Andersson, now a member of the Centennial Commission (and extra extraordinaire on TV’s “Empire Boardwalk”) jawing with us about boosting a “sister city” push for old Jonas Bronck’s home town in Sweden.


It’s not looking too promising for jailed-for-life East Bronx mobster Vinny (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano’s three sons, Joseph, Vincent Jr. and Stephen, awaiting federal trial in a major pot smuggling and retail weed delivery service case.

Co-conspirator and Genovese mobster Salvatore Larca, 45, was recently sentenced to 9 1/2 years for smuggling the pot from California, despite his lawyer arguing public’s views on pot rapidly changing. The judge blew that argument up in smoke.


Bernadette Ferrara over the Van Nest Homeowners Association griping over those plans for four Metro-North stations for the Bronx mention a stop at Parkchester.

“The name of the Parkchester Station is incorrect. It is in Community Board 11 on the exact location of the historic Van Nest Train station. Van Nest will share its name with Paarkchester being name: Van Nest/Parkchester Train Station.


After some early controversy over renting an open market (but cheap) studio apartment in a building with a number of rent-subsidized units, new City Councilman Ritchie Torres tells us he’s moved into new digs on Olinville Ave. in the Pelham Parkway North stretch of his central Bronx 15th Council District, thanks to that $112G annual Council paycheck.

He also reminded us – after all these months yet! – that his first name takes a T, as in Ritchie.

“My mom named me after singer Ritchie Valens,” sayeth Ritchie with a t.


Jan. 9 – Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s press secretary Dayana Perez

Jan. 12 – Bronx County Clerk Luis Diaz.

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