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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bronx News Roundup April 14

The Gotham Gazette takes a look at the borough president's race, and concludes front-runner Ruben Diaz Jr. "practically has a set of keys to borough hall already." The real race, says reporter Courtney Gross, occured months back when the so-called Rainbow Rebels ousted then-Party Chairman Jose Rivera. The 2000-word story also touches on what could be two fascinating City Council races this fall involving incumbents Maria Baez (14th District) and Joel Rivera (District 15).

A five-year-old boy was reunited with his worried mother after hopping on the No. 1 train at the 225th Street and ending up in South Ferry. This story was also picked up in the UK.

Phil Spector, the Bronx-born music producer and songwriter, was found guilty of murder yesterday.

A Bronx nun has been chosen to do a scripture reading at tomorrow's installation mass for incoming Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Still on nuns, the movie "Doubt," which is set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in the 1960s, came out on DVD last week. Watching it bought back memories (mostly good ones) for Daily News columnist Patrice O'Shaughnessy who went to St. Raymonds.

Affordable housing advocates are having a hard time wooing State Senator Pedro Espada, the Senate's housing committee chairman, as they push for a vote to repeal vacancy decontrol.

Curtis Silwa of Guardian Angels fame has started giving free tours of the Bronx.

Toxic waste in Bronx schools has parents up in arms - and suing the city.

Bob Kappstatter looks at who might replace Assemblymembers Ruben Diaz Jr. and Aurelia Greene should they become borough president and deputy borough president respectively.

The BBC interviews a family who became homeless last summer and now live in a Bronx homeless shelter.

1 comment:

  1. thank you to the gotham gazette for their intelligent, well-researched political column on bronx politics. surely we need more of this sort of responsible reporting to shed light on what goes on behind the heretofore closed political doors in the bronx.

    having said that, i am constantly amazed that when it comes to the bronx, political speculation continues to be about who likes who, who will support who, and who owes who political favors and absolutely nothing about what any of our elected officials actually do or do not do.

    is it of any concern to anyone whether re-electing incumbents or supporting one "camp" or another might lead to more rapes of the bronx like the yankee stadium and filtration deals, or what any of these prospective candidates feel should be done at the kingsbridge armory, or how any of these people think the dreadful problem of out-of-control landlords should be tackled, not to mention the onslaught of eduction, environmental, and economic crises bronxites face daily?

    just once i'd like to see an evaluation of bronx politics based on that criteria... things that REALLY matter to our lives.... than who has raised money for who or who is cutting yet another backroom political deal with who.


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