Neighborhood Notes: Primaries and Participatory Budgeting

September Primary
New York State’s Primary takes place on Sept. 12. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. across the Bronx. To find your nearest poll site, go to

Participatory Budgeting
The Office of Councilman Andrew Cohen will host a public session on Participatory Budgeting, where constituents can decide how $1 million in capital monies can be spent on community improvements. It will be held at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, 3225 Reservoir Oval E. on Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 549-7300.

Farmers Market
NYC Health + Hospitals holds a farmers market near NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx at the corner of Mosholu Parkway and Jerome Avenue every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 22. For more information, call 311.

Sen. Bailey Office Hrs. at MMCC
Constituent service hours by the office of state Sen. Jamaal T. Bailey are now available at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC), 3450 DeKalb Ave., every first and third Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 547-8854.

School Calendar
The New York City School Calendar for the 2017-2018 school year is available online at  or at your nearest school. The first day of school is Sept. 7.

Tenants Support Specialists
The Mayor’s Tenants Support Unit is available to answer questions tenant-related at the office of Sen. Gustavo Rivera, 2432 Grand Concourse, Suite 506, each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last appointment is at 2:30 p.m.) Appointments are required. To set up an appointment, call (718) 933-2034.

Be a Mentor
Sign up to be a mentor through iMentor, which matches high school students with mentors to help build mentees’ soft skills like communication, time management, and optimism in their future while guiding mentees through the college application process. Mentors are required to commit to a weekly online communication and a monthly in-person meeting at the school. To sign up, log on to Mentors are typically paired with a mentee by October.

Poll Workers Sought
Apply to become a standby poll worker at Responsibilities include setting up voting equipment, process voters, and assist voters if required. Candidates must be a New York City resident.

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) offers an overnight trip to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Oct. 5-6, with a visit to the National African-American History & Culture Museum. Stay includes one-night hotel and several meals. For more detailed information and rates, call the MMCC Senior Center at (718) 798-6601. 

Health Bucks
Health Bucks coupons, which offer $2 discounts on fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, is available through the offices of Councilman Ritchie Torres, 573 E. Fordham Rd. (718) 842-8100, or Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, 1377 Jerome Ave. (718) 588-7500.

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