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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Congestion Pricing Deal and Gonzalez Trial Update

In his super-juicy Bronx politics column this week, Bob Kapstatter says Mayor Bloomberg is pushing his Congestion Pricing plan in the borough by dangling transit incentives in exchange for support.

Also, there's an even juicier (in our opinion) little nugget about indicted State Senator Efrain Gonzalez, who is facing federal fraud and corruption charges. Kappy says Gonzalez's lawyer, "Don't Worry" Murray Richman tells him that the embattled senator is fighting to have his trial date pushed back to September.

That would allow Gonzalez to get on the ballot for the Democratic primary.

Now, if Gonzalez is convicted things could get interesting. From what we've been told, if no other Democratic candidates get enough signatures to get on the ballot, the Bronx Democratic Party, headed by Jose Rivera, will choose a replacement candidate.

Rivera is set for a pre-trial hearing on April 7, according to Kapstatter.


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