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Monday, March 2, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Mar. 2

Here we go. Bloomberg has set the date for the special election to fill Adolfo Carrion's seat as Bronx Borough President: April 21.

Those running for the seat so far include Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr and Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera; Liz Benjamin adds Councilman Larry Seabrook, and former State Sen. Israel Ruiz has declared himself a possible contender.

Meanwhile, Carrion starts his new job today as first-ever director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs. The Times and the Daily News both published critical looks at his time in office; m0re on that below.

The Green Party has announced that it plans to run a City Concil candidate, Bronx Community Board 9 member Walter Nestler, against Annabel Palma in the 18th District
Some inside baseball from Liz Benjamin on how Carl Heastie's election to head the Bronx Democratic Party is playing out in city politics.

Last Friday the NYPD arrested a suspect in the 1988 rape and murder of a Bronx woman and her daughter, as a result of work by the Department's Cold Case Squad.

A livery cab smashed into a minivan on Bruckner Blvd. Saturday night, killing the cabdriver and seriously injuring the family in the van, including a 6-year-old girl. And on Sunday a 56-year-old man was struck and killed by a tow truck in Riverdale.

Part of Leggett Ave. in Hunts Point has been named in honor of Bronx boilermaker Arlington Leon Eastmond.

And the Times had a weekend profile of a Bronx man who has spent 22 years piloting an elevator in a 5th Avenue Co-op.


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