City Island Issues


Drones are US


Half of the US Mexican border is being patrolled by drones to control desolate stretches lacking enforcement agents, camera towers, ground sensors, or fences. The same strategy will now be applied to the Canadian border.

Drones sweep remote mountains, canyons and rivers with a high-resolution video camera and return within three days for another video in the same spot, then officials with direct knowledge of the effort spoke with AP on condition of anonymity because details have not been made public. These two videos are analyzed with sophisticated software to identify the tracks of a farmer, his cows, or immigrants who entered the country illegally, or maybe a drug-laden vehicle.

The old fashioned approach of boots on the ground is over and out. The number of Border Patrol agents on the 1,954-mile border has doubled to surpass 18,000 and fencing nine fold to 700 miles.

"Fill Up the Food Banks"


Fill Up the Food Banks" food drive is underway! In observance of Mother Teresa’s 103rd birthday, I am teaming up with Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, asking area residents to bring donations of nonperishable food (pasta, sauce, soup, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, etc.) to the corner of Lydig and Holland Avenues, beneath the street sign reading “Mother Teresa Way,” at 11 AM on Monday, August 26. We will be there, along with volunteers, to collect the food and deliver the donations to the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway food pantry.



President Obama's Cuba visit may have finally changed the way things are done inside the Communist island. Leaders of the Communist Party are facing unusual public criticism from inside their ranks for imposing new secrecy on social and economic reforms.

BBC News - Fidel Castro scorns Obama's Cuba visit

Obamas Tear Down This Wall Moment in Cuba | RealClearWorld

Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'



Snowplow drivers are having a go at it just to keep ahead of the sleet and ice which has been falling all night.

There is no one else who actually sees the ice and snow firsthand like those people driving the plows.

These dedicated individuals are racing to keep our roads plowed to stay ahead of the fast-falling sleet and snow.

"What's made it hard this year is that the streets keep freezing after it snows," says Guy, a driver who's been at it for nearly 20 years. "It makes it hard to pick up snow." He continues to say...



Are the New York Rangers on the back burner? Not yet, but hey may soon be out of range.(Update)

Rangers shutout moves LA Kings one away from second Stanley Cup in three years. Los Angeles wins in New York and takes a 3-0 series edge. The Kings are just one win away from winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.

For 85 seasons, the New York Rangers hockey team has entertained fans with some of the most memorable moments in New York sporting history.

During their first 16 seasons, the Rangers missed the playoffs only once, and only twice did they fall lower than third place. By the early 1940s, the Blueshirts’ popularity contributed to the decline of the Americans, who left The Garden for Brooklyn before eventually folding in 1942. During that 16-year span in which they were one of two New York hockey teams, the Rangers won three regular-season championships, finished second five times and third on six other occasions. Rangers’ nights at The Garden became popular, attracting a ‘dinner-jacket’ crowd that often included sports figures, Broadway entertainers, New York’s society elite and City Hall politicians.

Playing at one of the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, The New York Rangers have built a storied reputation on pride, passion and tradition. Will this rich tradition continue?

City Island Images...


New York City journalist starts online newspaper

City Island has a new web-based paper that is updated daily by an experienced journalist.

Roberto Soto, a City Island resident for the past 15 years and the first news director of News 12 The Bronx, started City Island Images from his Fordham Street apartment about two months ago.

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The National Football League has issued yet another highly publicized penalty, this time against Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, and it fined the New England Patriots $1 million. The league also took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs, which were used in the AFC title game.



NYPD has arrested a man on charges of assault as a hate crime after a 24-year-old says he was punched in the face.

Officials are now investigating whether it was part of a "knockout" assault of an unsuspecting person with one punch. The man says he overheard a group talking about it before he was attacked.

Police say the victim told them he was walking in Brooklyn around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.

Amrit Marajh, 28, of Brooklyn has bee arrested, along with three others who were taken into custody and were released.



Hispanics have made tremendous contributions to AMERICA to make it the land of the free and the home of the brave. One fine individual is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who cut his teeth and developed an artistic flair while his father was the Latino political celebrity in The Big Apple.
Now he has blossomed into a powerhouse playwright and producer.

Hamilton’s America is our America. Lin-Manuel Miranda on Writing in Aaron Burr's Bedroom. via @GPerfPBS

Hamilton's America ~ About the Documentary via @GPerfPBS