First of all, we apologize for the lateness of this post. But it's here, so let's get to the news. [Editor's note: Keep the comments coming, we love to hear the passion. But not the foul language or personal attacks.]
Bailout Fallout and Serrano
Bronx Congressman Jose E. Serrano is getting a lot of attention for voting against the House bailout plan that failed to pass yesterday (the only city rep to do so, and one of only four out of 29 in the entire Empire State).
Here's the Times blog story, which goes into some detail about Serrano's liberal leanings and possible motivations. And here's the WNYC story, where the reporter takes to a trader, Anthony Weiner (both liked the plan) and Serrano, who opposed it.
More musings about the struggle for power among Bronx Democrats in Daily News Borough Chief Bob Kappstatter's column this week. (And credits Norwood News Editor Jordan Moss with getting an "up-close" look at the action. Thanks Bob.) A nice little tidbit in there from Hector Ramirez, the district leader in the 86th District who sided with the insurgents, who said embattled Bronx Boss (or not) Jose Rivera came up to him at the meeting and told him: "I'll see you on the street." Once again, thanks Bob.
Borough's Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Have Kids
A very interesting story in the Times about a recenlty released study that found that "same-sex couples in the Bronx are more likely to have children than those in another borough." A couple of interesting stats from the story:
- There are 3,000 same-sex couples in the Bronx.
- 49% of the Bronx's same-sex couples have children.
- 11% of the city's same-sex couples live in the Bronx.
"The Bronx lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has largely been a hidden community for a very long time because of very real homophobia. The Bronx is a very machismo borough, and it’s a very religious borough. The religious institutions have a very strong foothold here, and they preach from the pulpit that homosexuality is a sin. But the world is starting to change and the Bronx is finally getting in line."