Monday, March 2, 2015

Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, MARCH 2- One has to have been an original Trekie or fan of the original Star Trek series that aired from 1966 to 1969. Captain James Kirk (William Shatner), and others were the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise, that explored outer space representing the United Federation of Planets. Captain Kirk's second in command Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) was the only actor on the series to appear in all 80 episodes of the show. The character Mr. Spock became one of the show's biggest stars along with Captain Kirk. It may have been those pointy ears or uncanny logical reasoning of the character, or was it the great acting of Leonard Nimoy.
This was a television show in the late 1960's that already had cell phones; they were called 'communicators'. There were also weapons such as phasers to stun opponents, and proton bombs sent at enemies. This was a show ahead of its time. While many thought that Captain Kirk was the star, there were those who thought Mr. Spock was the star of the show. By the way, there were six motion pictures made, and four spin off series of the original Star Trek. However, we have lost Mr. Spock, and he will not come back to us as he did in the movie Star Trek 3. Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. One of Mr. Spocks favorite lines was 'LIVE LONG AND PROSPER' as he raised his fingers in a special way as he said good-bye to friends. Good-bye Mr. Spock we will miss you.
Getting back to the real world, the DREAM ACT has once again been passed by the state assembly. It has died three times before in the state senate, and there is no reason why it won't a fourth time.
This year State Senator Jeff Klein is no longer Co-Leader of the state senate, but that has not stopped Governor Cuomo from bringing him back into the budget negotiations as the fourth person in the room. This has State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. so angry that he wants the Senate Democratic Conference to boycott the budget hearings. You can go to my blog at to read the letter he has written.
Governor Cuomo has finally called for that special election for the vacant Staten Island congressional seat. Brooklyn Democratic City Councilman Vincent Gentile will face off against Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. Here in the Bronx who cares what is going on in Staten Island. I thought Staten Island succeeded from the city when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
With all the chatter about Sheldon Silver in the state assembly, and rumors of possible charges coming down from the U.S. Attorney on Senate Representing Leader Dean Skelows, let's go to the City Council. Word I am getting from a very reliable source is that one of maybe two Bronx City Council members are going be named soon .by the Bronx DA or U.S. Attorney. Could it be Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo on the petition she handed in, or could it be Councilman Fernando Cabrera about the Kingsbridge National Ice Center controversy? Check my blog for the latest developments.
Lastly the Bedford Mosholu Community Association will be holding their Annual Flea Market on Saturday March 7th at the St. Mary's Orthodox Church on Bedford Park Blvd. and Decatur Ave. from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Admission is free.
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