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Friday, August 31, 2007

Bronx News Roundup for Aug. 31

Opposition to Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan is growing, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, and it's strongest in the Bronx, where 74 percent of residents are giving it the thumbs down.

Details of a new exhibit coming to the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and featuring work from Quisqueya HenrĂ­quez, a Cuban artist, have been announced.

One of the officers involved in the 1999 Bronx shooting death of unarmed Amadou Diallo, has lost his bid to carry a gun and be reinstated as a full-status police officer, according NY1.

The Daily News has a story about a murder-suicide in Williamsbridge last night. Earlier this month, there a similar tragedy in Mount Hope when Mabelyn Arriola, 18, was stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend who then killed himself. As the Village Voice later pointed out, Arriola's death was largely ignored by the city's media, who in the same week wrote dozens of articles about the Greenwich Village murder (again at the hands of a boyfriend) of Boitumelo McCallum, the beautiful daughter of an NYU professor. It's always interesting what makes the papers and what doesn't. In a recent (and excellent) editorial the New York Times explored another case of selective news-telling. (You'll need a TimeSelect account to read it).

Talking of what gets attention and what doesn't, feel free to link to any Bronx stories we might have missed in this news roundup, in the comments section.


  1. I have a concern. There's not much online or in the news about what we're voting for or the names of the candidates for the Sept. 18th primary. The League of Women Voters website just listed that we're voting for Judges and District Attorneys, whose terms are expiring the end of the year.

    It seems when there's an election that is significant for the court system, nobody does much campaigning. I think that's unfortunate for both "criminals" and the public who needs to be protected. Do we want a judge and DAs who are hard asses or do we want them to be understanding--that maybe a criminal didn't really do the crime-- when dealing out sentences?

    And what all issues related to corporations, quality of life and more did the judges rule on? What kinds of judges are running? This is all important stuff.

  2. Anne, I agree. I consider myself mostly informed with what's going on, but have no clue about these upcoming elections, other than when and where to vote.

  3. You are confused for a good reason. There has been little or no information about this in the news media and the Board of Elections mailed out confusing material.
    We'll have more on this in our issue this week, but basically there are NO primaries this year, so your polling places will NOT be open in the Bronx on primary day. However, there will be a couple of general election races to vote on in November -- for Bronx district attorney and state Supreme Court. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz sent out a press release last week clarifying things. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and giving us the chance to explain it to readers of the blog.
    Jordan Moss


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