Thursday, October 11, 2012

Comic Con Is Coming

By Robert Press

BRONX, NEW YORK, October 11- Comic Con 2012 is the second largest convention for anything that has to do with the classic old comic books, comic book characters, new Science Fiction comics, books movies, TV shows, and just about anything that can be classified as entertainment. This year it will be even bigger and better than Comic Con 2011. Last year I placed on my blog characters and events related to Comic Con 2001, and again this year on my blog at I am placing listings of appearances, characters to show, signings, and other events that will go on at Comic Con 2012. This year Comic Con 2012 will run from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October14th at the Javits Center located on 11th Avenue between 33rd and 36th Streets. I will have photos of Comic Con 2012 on my blog as soon as I can.

Last week we told you of the leaving of Community Board # 7 District Manager Fernando Tirado on his own, after two failed attempts by CB 7 Chair Paul Foster to oust the DM. We also said that we believed that a former CB 7 board member would replace Tirado as DM, but we are now being told that the new District Manager of CB 7 will be an ally of Councilman Fernando Cabrera's chief of staff Greg Faulkner in the name of Ms. Lisa Sills-Short the current Land Use Chair on CB 7. We also have been told that Councilman Cabrera may not be aware of what is going on at CB 7, and possibly not even know that Faulkner may be trying to derail the Kingsbridge National Ice Center proposal for the Kingsbridge Armory for as of yet unknown reasons.

Speaking of the Kingsbridge Armory, Community Board 7 will be hosting a community input meeting regarding the potential redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. This meeting will take place at Monroe College’s King Hall Auditorium, located at 2501 Jerome Avenue, on Thursday, October 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 4th public meeting by the Department of Transportation for the East Gun Hill Road Study as part of the “Congested Corridors Project” is scheduled for Wednesday October 17th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Montefiore Community Center located at 3450 Dekalb Avenue (corner Gun Hill Road). The purpose of this meeting is to present and discuss the proposed improvements related to traffic, pedestrians, parking, safety, and transit conditions.

I got to be at the Bronx Democratic County Committee headquarters to see the debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican Challenger Mitt Romney. I was sitting near Bronx County Democratic Leader Carl Heastie who seemed confident before the debate that President Obama would come out the easy winner. Republican candidate Romney apparently took off his MITTS, and started to slug it out with the president. I turned to see Chairman Heastie take deep interest in the debate, and did not move at all from his seat only to answer a quick phone call.
After the debate I asked some of those in attendance who they thought won the debate knowing I was in a room full of Loyal Democrats, and it seemed that they did not want to admit that their democratic president may have been outwitted by Mitt. As the TV reporters came on to do an analysis of the debate, some said that Romney is fresh off many hard debates while Obama has not debated since four years ago and may have been a little rusty. The next debate will be a town hall meeting at Hofstra University on Long Island, and I am sure that President Obama will have done many mock debates before that. I expect to hear from the president to his Republican challenger “You said that the unemployment rate was over 8 percent”. “Did you see the latest report-Its at 7.8 percent”.

Finally while Mr. Mark Gjonaj may have beaten incumbent Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera in the Democratic primary, he will have to beat her once again in the November General election as Assemblywoman Rivera has the Working Families line.

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail us at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

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