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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Inauguration and other bits and pieces

We're getting to this a little late, but here's a roundup of today's Bronx news:

The Inauguration
The Bronx Lab School on Gun Hill Road was one of many Bronx schools to hold screenings of this afternoon's inauguration.

Mount Hope Monitor contributor Rebecca Chao visited MS 399 on 184th Street where hundreds of excited (and occasionally emotional) students watched proceedings in the school's auditorium. “He [Obama] makes us feel powerful, hopeful," said one eighth grader before the speech. "If he can do it, anyone can do it.” Afterwards, Student Council members, responding to Obama's can-do attitude and call to public service, said they were inspired more than ever to reverse the DOE's recent decision to close their school.

Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano had this to say:

Today our national dream of equality for all was one step closer as we watched the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This man who came from such an unlikely background to the presidency has become the repository of our hopes and dreams. Now he will have the chance deliver on the promise of his message. We will stand side-by-side with him and put our collective strength to fixing our nation.

As a boy from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico that grew up in the projects in The Bronx, and came to serve in the U.S. Congress, I believe in unlikely journeys and the power of the American dream.
More here.

Other news
Councilman Jimmy Vacca is co-sponsoring a bill that's sure to be popular with car owners.

State Senator Pedro Espada has once again failed to file a required financial disclosure report.

In September, Jonas Bronck Academy, a middle school, will move into Fordham Place, the building that houses Sears and Best Buy. The school is currently located on Manhattan College Parkway in Riverdale.

One of Bob Kappstatter's anonymous sources thinks he/she knows why Borough President Adolfo Carrion's confirmation as Obama's director of urban policy is taking an age and a day.


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