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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bronx News Roundup: Nov. 4

Happy Election Day! Let's get to the news.

Bronx Elections Commisioner J.C. Polanco says his office is expecting record turnout with 715,000 new voters registered in New York City. He also says they're prepared for it. Based on Jordan's earlier post, we'll see.

The Inner City Press Web site just posted about voting troubles in the South Bronx.

The Attorney General set up a hotline for voting problems. Bronxites having problems should call, (718) 254-7000.

An interesting story in the Times about the half dozen closely contested State Senate Races that will decide which party takes the majority, which Republicans have held for decades. Also in the article, some intriguing in-fighting amongst the Democratic leadership. Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz, Jr. says he's forming a caucus that might side with Republicans if current Democratic leader Malcolm Smith (Queens) decides to pursue same-sex marriage legislation. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Senate Minority Leader Jeff Klein, reportedly a fundraising star, says he'll support Smith as majority leader if the Dems take control of the Senate.

Daily News Bronx Chief Bob Kappstatter has an imaginary conversation with former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (he's a fan of Bloomberg's term limits move), ruminates about Maria Baez's re-election prospects (they're not bad) and exposes Councilman Jimmy Vacca for his egregious flip-flop in supporting the mayor's term limits extension.

Produce business owner John Caggiano was sentenced to prison for running a gambling ring out of Hunt's Point Market for the Genovese crime family.

Bronxites play the name game a little differently than other boroughs. Jayden was the number one name in 2007 for Bronx boys. Ashley garned top spot among Bronx girls.


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