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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Feb. 5

With former community organizer Barack Obama now president of the United States, grass roots groups, including the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition are getting a chance to have their input heard at the highest level of government.

Bronx Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. continues to raise funds for a run at the borough presidency, though he's yet to formally declare and current B.P. Adolfo Carrion's future is still in doubt.

Carrion is rumored to be in line for a position with the new Obama administration and has also raised more than $1 million for the city Comptroller's race. If Carrion gets a job with Obama, it would lead to a special election, which could pit Diaz, Jr. against fellow Bronxite, Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera. East Bronx Councilmember Jimmy Vacca might also be in the running. Rivera froze his campaign funds a month ago, but would probably move to unfreeze them if Carrion bails for Washington.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is suing a South Bronx fertilizer company that residents have complained about for years.

More from Crain's on the massive re-zoning of South Bronx neighborhoods near 149th Street and the Grand Concourse, which could give the area a major facelift. It would essentially change the area from a manufacturing zone into more of a residential and retail hub.


  1. Alex,

    Ruben Diaz, Jr has all but formally declared, if you look at his CFB filings you will see he is listed as running for Bronx Borough President. (no one else is listed as such)

    And if you check, I believe you will find that Jimmy Vacca is not running and is backing Ruben Diaz, Jr. for the post.

    That leaves Joel Rivera alone with a frozen account, now why would you freeze your account if you thought Carrion was running for Comptroller???

  2. That is because Joel Rivera only had intentions of running if there were to be a special election. Joel Rivera probably knows himself that he will lose to Ruben Diaz Jr. Now his father wants to run. Ruben Diaz Jr. has the most support and is the better candidate for the job. It is just so obvious that the Rivera's won't let go and want to continue fighting with the Diaz's.


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