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Monday, January 12, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Jan. 12

Friday night, City Island residents protested plans to cut the hours of a local firehouse, which would leave the neighborhood dependent on off-island firehouses during the night. The affected company responded only last Tuesday to a fire during exactly the hours being cut.

The Daily News reports on the impact of the shooting deaths of two students in the first graduating class at the Validus Preparatory Academy, the new health and fitness themed high school in Bathgate.

Services were held Friday for the young Bronx Marine killed in Afghanistan on New Year's Day.

A former NYPD officer and Bronx resident has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and rape for allegedly drugging a woman he met in a Bronx bar and then raping her in a White Plains motel.

One man was killed and another wounded when gunfire erupted at a birthday party in Hunt's Point on Saturday.

Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin has come out in favor of Caroline Kennedy's bid to succeed Hillary Clinton in the Senate, reports Liz Benjamin, but has so far been unable to lure Kennedy to the Bronx. Benjamin notes that Kennedy has twice been to Brooklyn and once to Queens since she announced her interest in the seat.

City Councilman James Vacca has joined a contingent supporting a new bill which will add 'a five-minute "grace period" to time restrictions on parking spots'.

George Vescey fulminates about the City's concessions to the new Yankee Stadium in Saturday's Times. There will be a hearing this Thursday on the requests by both the Yankees and the Mets for $400 million in municipal bonds to finish their new stadiums. Meanwhile, the New York Times reported last week that the entire municipal bond market is the subject of a nation-wide corruption and anti-trust investigation. Room Eight connects the dots: articles on the Yankees' specific requests paired with the news last Friday that the board governing municipal bonds "lacks the authority" to do anything of the sort.

-Posted by Rachel Waldholz


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