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Monday, October 20, 2008

Bronx News Roundup: Oct. 20

Thanks to Nick for posting about the Tour de Bronx. I think I speak for many participants, when I say that I'm a moving a little slowly today. Congratulations to all who finished whatever route they ended up taking.

Here's the Bronx news floating around the Internet today.

Terms Limits
The big story this week, of course, will be how Bloomberg's bid to extend term limits to include a third term will shake out. The Times' reports that Bloomberg may be pressuring nonprofit groups to support the extension. Meanwhile, Comptroller Bill Thompson, a mayoral hopeful, said the mayor's using strongarm tactics and threats to bully support for the legislation.

In the Bronx, Council members Joel Rivera, Maria Baez and Oliver Koppell support the term limits extension. James Vacca and Annabel Palma oppose the plan. And Helen Foster and Maria Carme del Arroyo haven't made up their minds.

According to NY1, 16 members support the plan, 19 members are opposed and 16 are still undecided.

Following hearings last Thursday and Friday, there is expected to be a Council vote later this week. The outcome will change the trajectory of dozens of 2009 city races.

A hostage situation ended without violence on Saturday evening in Belmont. Three men were attempting to rob a family by gunpoint, but police were quickly called to the scene and the family was taken hostage. Police eventually negotiated the family's safe release and arrested the three suspects. Here's the NY1 report on the story.

A Bronx doctor was accused of molesting a boy at a health clinic in Washington Heights. Dr. Jaime Luis Cortes was also charged with molesting two boys in the Bronx in 1994, but was acquitted.


In a match-up of perhaps the two best high school football teams in the Bronx, perennial power Kennedy defeated resurgent Clinton, 14-8. Apparently, Clinton did a lot of trash talking before the big game, only to be put back in their place.

Students from throughout the Bronx gathered last Friday at Hostos Community College to address school violence and ways to stop or mediated it.

The Streetsblog writes about how PS 76 is turning a biking tragedy into a learning experience. In June, PS 76 fifth-grader Michael Needham died (following 18 days in a coma after being hit by a speeding car outside of the Allerton Library. On Wednesday, PS 76 students will participate in a bike rodeo to promote bike safety.


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