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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bronx News Roundup: Oct. 9

Let's get right to the news.

Yesterday, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) made a push to diminish the noxious odors coming from a Hunt's Point fertilizer plant that residents have been complaining about for years. That, however, will not prevent the Natural Resources Defense Council from pursuing a lawsuit it filed against the plant back in June. The lawsuit claims the plants odors diminish the quality of life for local residents.

A teenage mom from the Bronx was charged with manslaughter in the death of her infant child.

Police say Samuel Abreu confessed to strangling to death 32-year-old Silvia Hughes and dumping her body in an empty lot in Mott Haven. Over the weekend, Abreu, 24, told the Daily News that Hughes was a good friend and good mom and somebody he talked to about his problems.

A story about Kennedy High School volleyball player Mariely Hernandez from Five Boro Sports.

In a story that appeared last Friday in the Times, columnist Jim Dwyer talks to Jim Buckley, long-time Bronx housing advocate and head of the University Neighborhood Housing Program, about how the credit crisis is affecting the borough.

And finally, Deparment of Environmental Protection Commisioner Emily Lloyd resigned from her position yesterday. Apparently there is no truth to the rumor that she was tired of hearing residents in the Bronx complain about the disastrous Croton Water Filtration Plant project, which has become somewhat of a time-honored tradition here in the northwest part of the borough.

In all seriousness, Lloyd inherited a terrible situation with the filter plant, but made matters worse this past summer by trying to push through widely opposed plan to use explosives for excavating rock at the Jerome Park Reservoir. She had served as DEP commisioner since 2005.


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