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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bronx News Roundup Feb. 3

Lots of housing news today:

The State Assembly yesterday passed a series of bills designed to strengthen rent-regulation laws. In previous years, the legislation would have thrown out by the Republican majority. Now the Democrats are in charge things are expected to change. It'll be interesting to see what State Senator Pedro Espada (who's chair of the Senate Housing Committee) does. In the past, he's been criticized by tenant rights groups for being too "landlord friendly."

More than 50 percent of Bronx residents worry they'll be priced out of the borough by rising rents.

A rezoning proposal could transform a 30-block area near the Yankee Stadium. Under the plan, many of the auto repair shops and parking lots that dominate the neighborhood will be replaced by apartments buildings and acres of retail space.

A 128-unit apartment building, aimed at low-incomes families and those leaving the shelter system, has sprung up on Freeman Street in a neighborhood that come on leaps and bounds in the last 20 years. Intervale Green, as the building's called, was built using a "green" design. Tenants will receive a free computer, Internet access, and other benefits.

Bronx residents can voice their opinions about proposed MTA service cuts and fare increases at a meeting this Wednesday.

The Bronx is becoming a mecca for immigrants from across the globe.

In his weekly column, Bob Kappsatter says Assemblyman Jose Rivera, the former Democratic party chairman, may run for borough president. If he does (which would certainly spice things up) son Joel would abandon his own bid and run for a third City Council term, says Kappstatter, where he could face a strong challenge from Radame Perez of Mastermind Management. More about Mastermind here.


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