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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bronx News Roundup: Nov. 12

Getting a little bit of a late start today, but let's see what's floating around cyberspace.

My favorite story today is about a Morrisania area grandfather named Diogenes Angeles, 57, who used karate learned as a youngster to successfully defend himself against a trio of would-be attackers.

State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn said he and the other two Democratic dissidents, Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Senator-elect Pedro Espada, Jr., both of the Bronx, would not decide on who they would support for Democratic leader until January. New York Democrats now control the State Senate 32-30, but need the threesome, which Espada is now dubbing, "The Three Amigos,"to vote in Malcolm Smith, the party's current minority leader.

More on this in the Daily News and more coming in the new edition of the Norwood News, which will be online and on the streets by tomorrow morning. We spoke with Espada, Jr. on Monday. He basically said the same he planned to vote for a Democrat, "but not Malcolm Smith." Say what you will about Espada, but the man knows how to make headlines. We're going to keep a close eye on how this story unfolds.

Bronxites are having a disporpotionally tough time getting new or refinanced loans, according a new report by Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, an NYU thinktank.

The DOE is asking principals to trim 1.3% of their budgets, meaning big schools will take bigger hits. The north Bronx's DeWitt Clinton High School stands to lose $400,000.

Speaking of cuts, the Animal Care and Control Center, a nonprofit wing of the Health Department, will slash $434,000 from its budget. The Center wants to put a new animal shelter in the old Fordham Library, much to the dismay of local residents and leaders.

Look for what's new in the Norwood News, coming tomorrow.


  1. I think State Senator Jose M. Serrano should submit his name for Majority Leader, if and only if, Malcolm Smith's submits to the unfair demands of the Gang of Three that the Leader be a Latino.

  2. The people of the 33rd Senatorial District are so foolish elected such a person to office like Espada. And the Reverend should go to confession and confess the big sin that he just made before it is too late.


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