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Friday, October 31, 2008

Bronx News Roundup for Oct. 31

Community organizing has gotten more than its 15 minutes of fame, thanks to the presidential election and the McCain campaign’s assault on community organizing and ACORN. Jon Stewart had ACORN chief Bertha Lewis on his show last night along with a wacko who compared organizing with crack dealing.

State lawmakers, including Assemblymen Michael Benjamin and Ruben Diaz of the Bronx, are supporting a bill that would require any municipality in the state with term limits to hold a referendum on any changes.

David Gonzalez takes a look at the Bronx roots of Grupo Folklorico, a 1970s Latin jazz band which is reuniting for a Bronx concert this Saturday.

The Daily News examines the Bronx lot where old city buses go to die.

If you thought the mayor and the City Council would continue getting along after they agreed on term limits, you’d be wrong. The Times details how City Council members who reluctantly went along with Bloomberg on extending term limits, like Jimmy Vacca of the east Bronx, are teed off now that the administration is quickly pivoting to “reform” the way the city funds senior centers. Cuts are looming and closures may be in the offing. Messing with senior centers is like messing with local pols’ air supply. Fasten your seatbelts.


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