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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A local murder and some news links, Aug. 28

Late last night a man police identified as 30-year-old Nino Ganan was shot and killed near West Fordham Road and Aqueduct Avenue. Police found Ganan shot twice, once in the back and once in the leg. EMS workers pronounced him dead at the scene. Cops say no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

According to police, Ganan lived nearby the scene of his death at 83 W. 188th St., just a block or so away.

Here's NY1 reporter Dean Meminger's story on a one-year anniversary ceremony commemorating the deaths of the two Bronx firefighters who died fighting a blaze on Walton Avenue. Go to yesterday's post for more on this.

More fallout from the Deutsche Bank building debacle. According to a NY Post report, Greg Blinn, the CEO of the John Galt Corp., a little known entity doing demolition and asbestos abatement, will remain part of the project because he is also vice president of Regional Scaffolding & Hoisting. Both Regional Scaffolding and the John Galt Corp. are located here in the northwest Bronx on Webster Avenue.

The Daily News reports that John Galt can still make millions by scrapping metal from the project.

And we couldn't resist putting in this little tidbit that showed up in the LA Times yesterday about Jeff Flake, the pork-fighting Republican from Arizona, who continually gets put in his place by Jose Serrano for bashing the Bronx congressman's local earmarks. The LA Times put in a Flake quote from 2006 about a $300,000 grant for the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Here's a few exerpts from the actual exchange on the house floor:

Flake: "Mr. Chairman, my amendment would strike funding for the Bronx Council for marketing local arts initiatives. My staff and I were befuddled as to what the Bronx Council originally was. It appears that a Bronx Council got money last year in the same section of the bill, but the earmark was called, $150,000 for the Bronx Council for the Arts for its Arts Cultural Corridor Project to promote local arts initiatives.''

Serrano: "But, first of all, I notice that three of the gentleman's 10 amendments are directed at New York. I do not know what you are angry about; the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the World Series, so you shouldn't be that upset. But the fact of life is that the more you get up on these, sir, the more I realize that you do not know what you are talking about because you seem to spend so much time on either the wording or how it appears when, in fact, you do very little to understand what it is."

Serrano (later): "I make no excuses about getting the Federal Government to earmark dollars into that district. Let me repeat that again: I make no excuses about the fact that I earmark dollars to go into the poorest congressional district in the Nation, which is situated in the richest city on Earth."

1 comment:

  1. Regarding the exchange between Rep. Flake and Rep. Serrano...LONG LIVE JOSE SERRANO!!!

    There are plenty of other earmarks handed out by politicians that do much less to lift up struggling communities. And their are plenty of communities receiving pork that are less deserving than the South Bronx.

    I suggest we invite Congressman Flake to take part in one of Bronx Council on the Art's first Wednesday Trolley Tours (starting up again in October) to see the imipact this organization is having in the revitalization of the South Bronx. They are developing, supporting, and promoting Bronx-based artists and creating arts destinations for Bronx residents to enjoy. This kind of support for the arts is a crucial component for community development.


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