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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, March 25

The Yankees are expanding their food options at their new stadium.

With the MTA expected today to approved huge fare hikes and massive service cuts to close their billion dollar budget gap, the Times says leaders in the State Senate have failed the region's 8 million transit riders. [More on the local angle on this story later, but Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz and State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. have expressed little desire to bend to the MTA's proposals of taxing bridges on the East and Harlem rivers even if it means fares could rise 23 percent and local services cut be drastically cut.]

More on the NYPD detective who was indicted yesterday on charges she lied to a grand jury about a Bronx drug bust in 2007. Surveillance video contradicted her statements, prosecutors said. More here.

St. Barnabas Hospital is fighting the efforts of its interns and residents to unionize.

The SUNY Charter School Committee put a high-performing Bronx charter school on probation for not meeting teacher certification standards. Trustees for the school are reluctant to take action becaus the school has been so successful. The fifth- through eighth-grade school outperformed other schools in its district in reading and math by 22 points and posted a much higher graduation rate.


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