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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bronx Roundup for Dec. 9

Offering some perspective from Albany, an editorial entitled The Espada Problem, published today in the Times Union, previews what the NY State Senate might look like with Pedro Espada Jr. in charge. First on the list? Don't expect any progress on campaign finance reform from the Senate's #2 Democrat, the article editorializes.

Bill Hammond of the Daily News offers President pro tempore-elect (are we really going to call him President Pro-Tem) of the state Senate Malcolm Smith some "constructive criticism" for dealing with the so-called "three amigos."

The AP is reporting that the Yankees will ask the city for
$259 million more in tax-exempt bonds and another $111 million in taxable bonds to help cover the ever-increasing cost of their new $1.3 billion stadium. In addition, the projected costs of Macombs Dam Park and the ball fields now covered by the new Yankee Stadium on 161st Street have swelled 50 percent from the 2006 estimate, the Times reports.

The number of Sidekick thefts in The Bronx is on the rise. Since March undercover officers have battled theft of the text-friendly mobile phone, reports the Columbia Journalist.

A Bronx man faces cocaine charges in Yorktown.


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