Daily Archives: April 13, 2017

Lew’s View: Don’t Close Rikers Island

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The latest issue I have with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is his ill-advised support of a plan to close the prison on Rikers Island.
Under the leadership of former Corrections Commissioner Bernie Kerik, Rikers had nearly twice the number of inmates as it does now and it ran relatively smoothly. Under de Blasio, the system is run by an outsider whose last job was in Maine and who lacks the management experience to run a big city jail system.

I also find it extremely ironic and moronic that the mayor who did away with the successful practice of closing failing schools and opening smaller schools in their place would agree to a plan to close a failing prison and open smaller jails all across the city. His bone-headed plan goes hand-in-hand with his decision to offer every criminal a job upon their release from prison. Something I’m sure every City College graduate would love to have.

The real solution for the problems at Rikers Island would be to hire an experienced manager to whip the place into shape. Unfortunately, lack of management experience has plagued the de Blasio administration from day one. New York City really cannot afford another four years of mismanagement.

–LEW LEONE (Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5)


The Blox TV Is Generating Buzz for the Bronx

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Marco Shalma and Gillian Todd are co-founders The Blox TV. Located in the South Bronx, this startup helped raise money with a Kickstarter campaign and a little help from neighbors and friends. They say their mission is to find out what’s trending and hot, and the connection to them. The topics are Bronx-centric.

Proud Bronx native and fashion entrepreneur Jerome Lamaar helped inspire the creation of The Blox. His new store 9J brings high fashion to the borough.

Painter Devon Rodriquez says The Blox has helped give him much needed exposure. At just 21 years old, the talented artist does paintings so realistic that they almost look like photos.

From the gentrification of the borough’s neighborhoods to the hottest places to see and be seen, The Blox TV sends the message that you don’t have to leave the Bronx to be successful. Video Fox5NY