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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bronx News Roundup April 21

In case you haven't heard, a special election is being held in the Bronx today to determine who will be the next borough president.

Assuming Ruben Diaz Jr. emerges victorious, and assuming he picks Aurelia Greene to be his deputy, two assembly seats will open up. Greene wants her current chief-of-staff, Vanessa Gibson to succeed her in the 77th Assembly District (Highbridge, Morrisania, parts of Morris Heights). Community activist Joel R. Rivera is also running. Until a few days ago, Rivera (no relation to Assemblyman Jose Rivera and his kids) was one of several candidates running for Helen Foster's City Council seat. But in a recent press release, he said the campaign "has decided to switch gears and run for [Greene's] open seat in the upcoming special election in early June." Here's Rivera's campaign Web site. (Gibson doesn't appear to have one.) According to Bob Kappstatter, Diaz (District 85) has tapped his executive assistant, Marcus Crespo, to take his seat.

State Senator Pedro Espada's residency is again being questioned. Check out the video at the end of the post. It's well worth a watch. Espada himself, an unidentified baby, and the BoogieDowner's Erin all make an appearance.

Still on politics, Congressmen Eliot Engel and Joseph Crowley have been using campaign contributions to spend big on food. According to the Daily News, Engel has a particular liking for Hunan Balcony, a Chinese restaurant in Riverdale.

Charter schools in the Bronx and beyond are becoming increasingly popular with parents.

Cops shot and injured an armed man in Mott Haven yesterday.

A pubic hearing will be held at the Bronx Library Center next Tuesday on the proposed water bill hike. Homeowners are expected to be hit with a 14 percent increase come July 1. More here.

Here's the Associated Press' take on the Grand Concourse's centennial year.

The Yankees may be forced to slash their sky-high ticket prices.


  1. for some reason our favorite bronx news blog decided to bypass the latest Times story on the yankee park scam. as a public service, i'll provide it for you....


    ... as if you need further proof that the needs of bronx communities have been overlooked.

    one point from the article that needs correcting... the yankees were not being honest when they said they did not control the timing of the replacement parks. the fact is they have EVERYTHING to do with the timing of the new parks because the city ceded control to the yankees by agreeing that it would be the yankees' call when the old stadium would be torn down.... not the city's.

    so if the yankees cared at all about having the parks replaced in a timely fashion and helping out their neighbors, as mr. smith claims, they'd have torn the thing down already... as the Mets did with shea for their parking lot.

    but by keeping the old stadium standing, they are simply delaying the replacement parks.

    of course, you can add this to the long list of ways that city and bronx electeds abandoned their constituents when it came to this stadium deal.

    one more question, who's paying for the elctricity to keep the old stadium alight each night?

  2. Gary, thanks for adding the link. Moving forward, if anyone out there comes across a good Bronx story we've neglected to include in these daily roundups, please do post the url in the comments section. That would be helpful. Sometimes we miss stuff. Cheers.


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