Financial Focus: Income Tax Planning 2017

A new government, a new tax plan, a new world! Have you read or heard about some of the new tax and economic policy changes for 2017? They include: *20% Import Tax on Canadian Imports *Elimination of 3.8% Investment Tax to pay for healthcare *President Trump calls for Income Tax Overhaul *ObamaCare: gone! Yes, after eight years of tax and financial policy under President Barack Obama, our new President, is proposing (and is already implementing) a tax and financial policy which will change our U.S. economy and your pocketbook at the same time. In simple terms, being proposed is: *a 66% Small Business


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Open Letter to the Bronx By Mayor Bill de Blasio

This week my administration is moving City Hall to the Bronx for a week. It’s something we like to call “City Hall in Your Borough.” Monday through Friday I’ll be working from the Bronx County Courthouse with many of the key people in city government. On Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., we’ll be hosting the City Resource Fair at The Bronx County Building. You can sign up at nyc.gov/Bronx or call (212) 748-0281. You can meet with us and share your concerns, questions and suggestions. On Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., we’ll be at the Adlai E. Stevenson High


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Gjonaj to Receive Bronx Democratic Party Endorsement

The Bronx Democratic County Committee will throw their support to Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, who is running in the widely crowded race for the 13th Council District seat currently held by the term-limited Councilman Jimmy Vacca. The endorsement gives Assemblyman Gjonaj a major advantage over other contenders in the race. The seat covers Allerton, City Island, Country Club, Edgewater Park, Ferry Point, Morris Park, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Throggs Neck, Van Nest, and Westchester Square. Assemblyman Gjonaj, who has a business and real estate background, currently represents the 80th Assembly District, which extends into Norwood. For the past several


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De Blasio Administration Brings Essential City Resources to the Bronx

Bronx residents have the chance to take their gripes directly to senior administrators from various city agencies at a first-ever City Resource Fair on May 23, saving the cumbersome trip to downtown Manhattan where many officials are headquartered. Higher ups from city departments for transportation, parks, finance, health, education, Small Business Services, NYPD, and Economic Development Corporation are scheduled to arrive to lend their ears to Bronx residents who stop by Bronx Borough Hall that day. In some cases, as in the case of the City Resource Fair that took place in Staten Island last month to kick off the initiative, agency commissioners


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Latest Edition of Norwood News is Out!

The latest edition of the Norwood News is out, serving the Bronx community with plenty of news to use. We begin with page one and the local 52nd Precinct’s efforts to squash the heroin culture that continues to sweep the borough. It’s at the precinct, serving Norwood, Bedford Park, Kingsbridge, Fordham, and University Heights where officers are noticing an uptick that’s related to the use of fentanyl, a dangerous narcotic. We delve into just what the Police Department is doing to combat this sad epidemic. Behind the front pages you’ll find a related story on the Drug Enforcement Administration charging


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City Expands Legal Help for Immigrant Communities  

The city announced its launched a $1.3 million expansion in legal assistance and training for the city’s immigrant communities, doubling down its commitment to protecting immigrants regardless of status. Beginning this summer, ActionNYC, which has been kicking up immigration services following an aggressive enforcement stance from the federal government, will have a new legal screening site at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the South Bronx opened. ActionNYC will also grant 20 fellowships for legal and outreach training and technical assistance to community-based organizations across the city. “We are committed to expanding services for our fellow New Yorkers, especially in the face of


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The Economic Engine of Affordable Housing in the Bronx

From the Mill Brook Houses to Lafayette Boynton, families in the Bronx have always been on the front line of fighting for affordable housing. That fight has only taken on greater importance as the borough gets less and less affordable for low- and middle-income families who are struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully, the borough of the Bronx – and all of New York – has taken a huge step forward in combating our state’s dire housing crisis, as the Governor and State Legislature recently approved $2.5 billion for affordable and supportive housing. With over 88,000 New Yorkers still homeless


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After Three Years, Oval Skate Park Project Yet to Start

When it comes to a skate park project that hasn’t begun, the progress, or lack thereof, particularly miffs the Norwood Council Member who earmarked funds to build it more than three years ago. “If I could build it myself, I would,” Councilman Andrew Cohen, who allocated $750,000 in capital funds to the New York City Department of Parks to build the skate park, told the Norwood News. The proposal to build the skate park was hailed by neighborhood skaters who’ve longed for an appropriate space to perfect their skating skills. Indeed, a vision for the skate park stretches back to


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