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Friday, September 26, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Sept. 26

The Rainbow Rebels, a coalition of Bronx politicians attempting to oust Party Chairman Jose Rivera, are gearing up for Sunday's key vote at the Uptopia Paradise Theater. In theory, the vote should determined whether Rivera stays or goes. But the losers will probably take the winners to court, says the Daily News. If Rivera (pictured) does fall, Assemblyman Carl Heastie is favorite to replace him.

The mother of an unsupervised 5-year-old boy, who was abandoned two miles from home by a school bus driver, is suing the city.

The barely-used Sheridan Expressway should be razed according to a "Freeways without Futures," a study by the Congress for the New Urbanism. See here and here.

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill requiring calling card providers to disclose all fees and conditions associated with their cards. The bill, sponsored by Bronx Congressman Eliot Engel, could put an end to hidden costs and charges. Those most affected are usually immigrants and American soldiers abroad because they rely on cards to call home. On average, cards deliver just 60 percent of the minutes they advertise, according to a study released earlier this year by the Hispanic Institute. More here in the Norwood News.

Recent hurricanes have killed more than 600 people in Haiti and left thousands without homes. New York officials are asking residents to donate toothbrushes, children's clothes, bottled water, and the like. In the Bronx, items can be dropped off at Cox Nissan at 1235 E. Tremont Ave., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., through Sunday. More here.

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