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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bronx News Roundup Oct. 7

City Limits Weekly looks at the business leaders behind the push to give Bloomberg four more years, including Susan L. Hayes who runs a big construction company, sits on the mayor's Commission on Construction Opportunity, and until recently was the treasurer of the New York Building Congress. Among the Congress’s top priorities: getting approval for the Croton filtration plant which is suffering from skyrocketing cost overruns.

From the Daily News: “Beat the Streets, an after-school wrestling program for city youth, opened a training center last week at Harry S Truman High School in Co-Op City.”

The Daily News’ Kappstatter unveils more of his trademark snark in his indispensable Bronx Boro News column today. And he has district leader and loyal Ben Franklin Club member Bruce Feld saying Oliver Koppell could be in political hot water for backing Jose Rivera rather than the Ben Franklin-supported Rainbow Rebels.

A rundown of Bronx eateries that made (and didn’t make) this year’s Zagat’s guide.

This might not be the hoped-for Hilton or Holiday Inn borough leaders perennially pine for, but this hotel on the Hutch garnered sufficient interest for a buyer to shell out almost $12 million.

The Times looks at how buildings snapped up by landlords backed by private equity financing are cutting back on maintenance because of overly rosy predictions of how many rent-stabilized apartments they could flip to market-rate rents.


Bedford Park resident Lois Harr, who directs Campus Ministry and Social Action at Manhattan College, alerted us to this event at Our Lady of Refuge Parish Center tomorrow night: Rigoberto Contreras Diaz, a Mexican coffee producer, will be at the church on Wed. at 7 p.m. to talk about Fair Trade coffee. He belongs to a co-op which enables him to sell his coffee on the Fair Trade market. Harr’s group will be serving Fair Trade Coffee and chocolate samples and there will Free Trade handcraft catalogues on hand. The OLR Parish Center is located on East 198th St. between Briggs and Bainbridge avenues.

On TV …

Gary Axelbank, host of BronxTalk PrimeTime, had former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer on his show last night to talk about education, term limits, his work on behalf of Willets Point businesses, and the Yankee Stadium deal. If you missed it, no problem. The show re-airs every days this week at 9:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on channel 67 (Cablevision only).


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