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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 28

Newly sworn-in U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to make peace with immigrant advocates, including Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera and other Hispanic lawmakers, who believe her immigration stance is too conservative. According to the Times article, an anti-immigration group ranked her in the top 22 of all Representatives based on her immigration voting record in the House over the past two years.

Because Gillibrand reached out to him, Rivera postponed a scheduled press conference to announce plans to meet with opposition candidates for a possible 2010 election.

More bad news coming from the new Yankee Stadium project. Not only will local residents have to wait until 2011 to use news parks (to replace the parks taken by the city and the Yankees to build the new stadium), but now the Independent Budget Office said the cost of replacing two parks has risen to $195 million, $16.3 million of which can't be accounted for. More here. And here. The parks will be paid for using taxpayer money with the Yankees chipping in $10 million.

Here's the Daily News full story on Assemblyman Jose Rivera's bid to overturn the court decision that led to ouster as Bronx Democratic Party chairman.

A big fire in Morrisania forced people from their homes last night.

NYC's Health Commissioner is launching a campaign to reduce residents' sodium intake by aiming. He says a reduction in smoking and sodium will have the greatest impact on people's health.


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