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Talking the Bronx 01.16.13

Talking the Bronx 01.16.13

Senator Jeff Klein Elected President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate

Sen. Jeff Klein was elected President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate

This past Wed., Jan. 9th, New York State senators elected Senator Jeffrey D. Klein as Senate President Pro Tempore, the legislative chamber’s top post.

Under a new bipartisan power sharing agreement enacted by the chamber, Senator Klein will share the title with Senator Dean Skelos of Long Island (R).

During the chamber’s Wednesday session, Senator Klein was also elected Leader of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). Under the bipartisan agreement enacted by the Senate, Sen. Klein, as IDC Leader, will exercise joint and equal control over the chamber with his Republican counterpart, Republican Conference Leader Skelos.

“I’m deeply humbled that my Senate colleagues have entrusted me with these tremendously important duties during this critical time for our state,” said Sen. Klein. “We face challenges that require immediate action, such as rebuilding New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, raising the minimum wage, reforming stop-and-frisk, and enacting a comprehensive DREAM Act that will, for the first time, provide the same tuition assistance opportunities to all New York students, regardless of their immigration status.

“For the first time in this chamber, a Democrat and a Republican will be equal partners in governing the Senate, a dynamic that will foster the bipartisanship, compromise and pragmatism that our country’s political process sorely needs,” he added. “I look forward to working with Senators from both sides of the aisle to pass meaningful and necessary legislation in the weeks and months ahead.”


Manhattan College offers free tax preparation services

Free tax preparation services are being offered by Manhattan College business students.

“VITA has provided an opportunity for myself and my fellow peers to use our skills with regards to accounting and finance, while helping out individuals in the Bronx and outlying areas who are in need of tax assistance,” said Brendon Camp, a senior majoring in accounting. “It has been a joy working with this program for the last 3 years.”

The VITA program offers free tax preparation assistance nationally to qualified families and individuals who have an income of $50,000 and below. By way of volunteer aid, the free income tax preparation service allows for clients to avoid typically expensive tax preparation fees and interest rates.

In addition to serving local Bronx residents, the program provides valuable accounting experience for the student volunteers. All volunteers complete an IRS certification program, which develops the necessary skills required to complete tax preparation, and a software training covering a range of tax credits and New York State tax filing. Since 2010, more than 40 Manhattan College business students have volunteered with VITA and over 30 are expected to participate this year.0 and below. By way of volunteer aid, the free income tax preparation service allows for clients to avoid typically expensive tax preparation fees and interest rates.

“VITA gives our Manhattan College students a great opportunity to learn by doing. I expect great participation from our Jaspers this filing season as they volunteer and gain valuable experience,” said Gregory Bucci, CPA, visiting instructor of accounting.

In 2012, the VITA program at UNHP resulted in more than $1.5 million worth of tax refunds to Bronx residents. A total of 1,251 Bronx residents were able to receive free tax preparation assistance through the Refuge House’s VITA location last year.

Free income tax preparation will be available for qualified Bronx residents on select Wednesdays (Jan. 23 and 30, Feb. 6, 20 and 27, March 6 and 27, April 3 and 10) from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays (Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, March 2, 16 and April 6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Refuge House at 2715 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx, N.Y., by appointment only.

Contact UNHP by phone at 718.933.2539 for more information and visit the IRS website to learn more about VITA and other city locations. Quali

fying Manhattan College students and employees are also welcome to visit a city location.

For more information on Manhattan College, please visit


Journey to Success Entrepreneurial Expo

TheNetWorks Organization will host the “Journey to Success” Entrepreneurial Expo on Sat., Jan. 19th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. at Fordham University, located at 441 East Fordham Road.

The expo will be held in the McGinley Center Ballroom and Lounge.

This expo is for anyone who wants to start or grow their own business.

The “Journey to Success” entrepreneurial expo series was created by TheNetWorks Organization with the goal of inspiring people to earn income independently, provide them with ideas and opportunities, and help support them on their journey.

The expo will include a presentation with guest speakers, time to visit exhibitor tables, and breakout sessions.

Exhibitors will either be presenting an opportunity for attendees to earn income independently or a service that can support attendees while starting and growing their own business.

Guest speakers will be presenting topics related to starting and growing a business, and they include Patricia Matos (Tupperware Director), Nilda Perez (Aspire 4 Business), Shira Adler (Diva Mama), and Ellen DePasquale (Constant Contact).

Break-out session topics include “Transform your Talent into Cash”, “Finding Your Perfect Pitch For Your Perfect Pitch”, “The Power Of Email Marketing”, and “A Business Of Your Own: Is It For You?”

This expo will be open to students, faculty, alumni, and the general public.

Cost of attendance is $5. TheNetWorks Premier Members, Fordham students, faculty, and alumni can attend for free.

For more information, please visit Those interested in participating can also call 347.470.4869 or email


The Sweetheart Luncheon

Those married for over 50 years and those married for less than one year are invited to the Sweetheart Luncheon.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is hosting the Sixth Annual Sweetheart Luncheon on Feb., 14th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The luncheon is for any couple that resides in the Bronx and has been married for 50+ years, as well as newlywed couples that have been married less than one year.

Please contact Larcenia Walton, Director of Senior Services at 718.590.6248 for further information.   


Union Community Health Center celebrates Three Kings Day with Fordham

Pediatric patients at Union Community Health Center received gifts from Fordham University’s women’s basketball team.

Union Community Health Center’s pediatric patients received a visit and gifts from the 2012-13 Fordham University women’s basketball team this past Thurs., Jan. 10th at Union’s 260 East 188th Street location.

The gifts were donations from Fordham University’s Athletic Department and Fordham basketball fans, who brought in presents to the men’s and women’s home basketball games prior to Christmas.  In addition to the gifts, children also received teddy bears on behalf of Union Community Health Center.

Now in its eighth year at Union Community Health Center, the Fordham Basketball Team toy distribution was held in honor of Three Kings Day, which is celebrated on January 6th.  Three Kings Day is often considered the last day of the holiday season (the end of the 12 days of Christmas).

“We were so pleased to have the Fordham University’s women’s basketball team visit Union Community Health Center,” said Douglas L. York, Chief Executive Officer of Union Community Health Center. “Union is grateful to have such a dedicated and active community partner in Fordham University.  The basketball team not only demonstrated their team spirit, but also their commitment to children in the Bronx.”

For more information, please visit


In the Realm of Dreams & Fears

Longwood Arts Project, the visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, presents “In the Realm of Dreams & Fears,” on view from Wed., Feb. 6th through Wed., May 1st at Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos.

The opening reception and the opportunity to meet the curator and artists will take place Wed., Feb. 6th , in conjunction with that evening’s Bronx Culture Trolley. Longwood Art Gallery is located on the campus of Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please visit 718.518.6728 or



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