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Friday, September 5, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Sept. 5

City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell announced yesterday that he would soon introduce legislation to ammend the term limits law, extending the current two-term limit to three. He feels that the current term limits “rob the public of a choice.” At least 27 of the 51 City Council members are amenable to modifying the term limits law and voters have twice supported the legislation.

Police are still unable to locate the hit-and-run driver who struck and severely injured 61-year-old construction worker, Howard Golding, on August 12th. Authorities say they need the community’s help in identifying the driver.

In a controversial letter written in Spanish and addressed to “voters,” Assemblyman Jose Rivera accused his colleague, Assemblyman Michael Benjamin of “ignor[ing] the needs of our community as Latino people” and has urged voters to support Benjamin’s opponent, Sigfredo Gonzalez. Benjamin, who is black, deems the letter “vile and digusting” and “an effort to ignite ugly ethnic divisions.”

The Irish Echo newspaper will be holding their Best of the Bronx 2008 reception and awards presentation to honor Irish and Irish Americans from the Bronx.

Back in July, Norwood News ran an article about the New Select Bus Route and how the west Bronx passengers were not pleased that the often-used local BX12 bus route had been canceled. The New York Times reports, however, that the majority of riders are happy with the Select Bus Route, oftening cutting commute times in half.

An armed robber broke into the caferia at Bronx Community College last night and stole $12,000 in cash.

The Jacqueline Denise Davis Garden, located on 165th street and Boston Road, is a community garden that is part of the Learn it, Grow it, Eat it program. The garden is used to educate teens about healthy eating habits by allowing them to grow their own fruits and vegetables.


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