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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, A BTR PR. 23-29, 2021 29
11th Council District:
Why Abigail Martin?
BY ANTHONY RIVIECCIO,
As you read this article the
11th Council District “ ranked
choice “ special election ballots
are still being counted at
The Board of Elections. It’s
safe to say however, that minus
this fi nal vote,that Eric
Dinowitz, son of Assemblyman
Jeffrey Dinowitz has
In the 11th , we orginally
chose 2 candidates, Abigail
Martin & Dan Padernacht .
While Abagil withdrew because
of the primary ( via
COVID concerns) Dan stayed
in, and sadly came in fourth (
out of 7) .
Now there were many reasons
for Dan’s loss , but that’s
another story, that we’ll discuss
one day. But now by the
time you read this, it will
be Primary time. And yes, 6
of the 7 candidates ( including
Dan) will reappear, along
with 2 others, including Mrs
So who’s Abigail Martin?
According to her, she has
spent her career fi ghting for
those who are left behind
by the system, and has seen
fi rst-hand how economic challenges
can devastate fi nancially
fragile families and
Abigail is a social worker
who has spent her career
fi ghting for the most vulnerable
New Yorkers, both here in
The Bronx and across all fi ve
Abigail worked for seven
years at Court Appointed Special
Advocates (CASA), an organization
that advocates for
children in foster care, managing
CASA’s offi ce at the
Bronx Family Court.
Abigail worked at Montefi
ore Hospital’s Child Advocacy
Center, coordinating the
efforts of the Administration
of Children’s Services, the
NYPD’s Special Victims Division,
the Bronx District Attorney’s
Offi ce and forensic doctors
to minimize additional
trauma to children survivors
of abuse. While at Montefi ore,
Abigail was appointed to serve
as a student advisor.
She is also an adjunct professor,
at Columbia University’s
School of Social Work.
Some recent quotes from
her on the campaign trail , include:
“We have a moral duty to
care for all living creatures
and treat them with dignity”.
*Arts, Culture &Public
“Arts, culture, parks, and
libraries make NYC a vibrant,
livable city. We must bring
them back, better and stronger
*Child Welfare System
“Early identifi cation of issues
that lead to child abuse &
neglect are essential to keeping
*Public Safety & Police Reform
“We need a transparent
and accountable police system,
fostering a mutually benefi
cial relationship between
police and community members”.
So why Mrs Martin? A
mother of 3 with absolutely no
Maybe that’s why! Maybe
the cronyism that has infected
the district since the 1970s
( which are now crackling)
might fi nally start to break.
Council District 11 includes
the Northwest Bronx
neighborhoods of Bedford
Park, Kingsbridge, Norwood,
Riverdale, Van Cortlandt Village,
Wakefi eld, and Woodlawn.
Anthony Rivieccio has
been founder of The Northwest
Bronx Democrats , a
community & political organization
since 2003. Their target
areas are: Fordham, Kingsbridge
, Kingsbridge Heights ,
Bedford Park, Norwood , Allerton.
The current President
is Sheila Sanchez .
You can fi nd our Facebook
Group page by just going to
Facebook search and tying
in: “Northwest Bronx Democrats”.
We feature daily: NYC
& Bronx community & political
news, activities & events.
Our close to 2000 members include
: activists, NYC agency staff
directors, elected and party
offi cals-, including Councilpeople,
State Assembly, State
Senate & Congressional representatives,
people of interest.
Battery project enhances reliability to
Con Edison customers on City Island
Con Edison is bringing energy storage
technology to City Island to improve
The battery system on a customer
property at 220 City Island Avenue can
provide 1 megawatt – or a million watts
– to customers along the business strip.
That will take stress off the Con Edison
grid on hot summer days when electrical
“Battery technology can help us accomplish
several goals on behalf of our
customers,” said Santee Hernandez,
Con Edison’s project manager. “Power
discharged from a battery when our
customers need it the most means less
demand on our electric-delivery equipment.
And deploying batteries is another
way we are leading the transition
to a clean energy future.”
Under the demonstration project,
GI Energy and Con Edison are able to
choose customer locations where Con
Edison’s analysis shows the electrical
grid needs support. When Con Edison
is not using the energy storage unit for
grid support, GI Energy plans to dispatch
power from the system into the
The project underwent an extensive
safety review by the FDNY and the city
Department of Buildings.
Battery storage will take on greater
importance as the state increases the
amount of renewable energy lighting
homes and businesses, running vehicles
and providing heating and cooling.
That renewable energy will include
9,000 megawatts of offshore wind
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