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Friday, October 24, 2008

Bronx News Roundup: Oct 24

Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is holding a fourth hearing on Capitol Hill about whether NYC officials inflated the land value of the new stadium in order to secure more tax-exempt bonds to finance the project. Currently, the Village Voice's Neil deMause is live-blogging the hearing, while video is available on the subcommittee's website. Yankees' President Randy Levine, Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance Martha Stark and President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation Seth Pinsky are on today's schedualed docket.

In more Yankee Stadium news, Standard & Poor's, the credit agency more commonly know for its S&P500 stock market index, said yesterday that the new Yankee Stadium is 30% over budget, warning that the country's recent economic turmoil could hinder the city's efforts to help finance the stadium through the sale of municipal debt.

NYPD officer and Bronxite Deon Taylor has been killed while serving with the Army in Afghanistan. The 30-year old Longwood resident died in a roadside bombing Wednesday.

Roy Gray was sentenced to 25 years to life for his role in a November 2004 shooting murder that took place on Hammersley Avenue.

"Boo at the Zoo" takes place this weekend at the Bronx Zoo reports the New York Times. The weekend celebration will include face painting, Halloween parades, games, music and even magic shows.

The Columbia Spectator paints "a small town portrait" of City Island, reminding us that The Bronx's "seaside village" is only a Bx29 ride away.


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