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Friday, May 8, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, May 8

Habitat for Humanity will be holding its annual "Women Build" event this Saturday, during which an all-women team of volunteers will help build affordable housing in Longwood.

State Senate Jeff Klein has sponsored a bill that, if passed, would force landlords to inform tenants if their building is in forclosure. At present, tenants only get wind of the bad news when a city marshal shows up and tries to evict them, Klein says.

Still on housing, Klein's Seante colleague Pedro Espada was ambushed (or nearly ambushed) by a group of angry tenants and housing advocates yesterday, outside Manhattan's ritzy Water Club. We'll have more on this later.

Mount Hope Housing Company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new apartment building on Walton Avenue yesterday. We'll have more on this later, too.

More on Sonia Sotomayor, the Bronx-born federal judge who's considered by many to be the leading candidate to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. The Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has her at 13-8 to be offered the postion. Chicago-based judege Diane Wood is second favorite at 9-4. Longer shots, if you want to waste some money, are Hillary Clinton (100-1) and, er, Michelle Obama (500-1).

A protest was held yesterday outside the Bronx Supreme Court, to bring attention to the near fatel beating of SUNY Oswego student Angelo Moreno last fall. Moreno, who's from the Bronx, suffered a tramatic brain injury, after arguing with a soldier about Obama.

The Yankees have reached a deal with the city that will allow them to flog parts of the old Yankee Stadium (seats, lockers, etc.) to fans.

1 comment:

  1. Gregory Rodriguez thinks that Sonia Sotomayor won't be appointed to Supreme Court - Because Republicans do not court Latinos

    I feel a lot of respect and admiration for Gregory Rodriguez, Great Intelligence and Great Intellectual. He may be wrong, but he is always very deep in his thoughts and comments.

    My Corollary for this Theorem is that CIR or "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" is not so important for Obama and pursuing it could be a Pandora's Box for Democrats.

    Los Angeles Times
    The jilted Latino voter
    Both parties once courted Latino voters. But the GOP tilted rightward, and now the economy and jobs are the big issues, even among Latinos. It all means less focus on them as a voting bloc.

    Gregory Rodriguez
    May 11, 2009


    Some excerpts :

    Paradoxically, it might be that such lopsided support means there will not be a Latino nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. It's one thing to put U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a New Yorker and the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, on the short list.

    But without solid Republican competition for Latino votes, the pressure to actually name her is minimal. (Besides, the White House is no doubt aware that Puerto Ricans make up less than 10% of the U.S. Latino population and, if Obama is looking for gains in that demographic, such a selection would have little political resonance in Western battleground states and among the two-thirds of Latinos who are of Mexican origin.)

    All this adds up to Democratic complacency vis-a-vis Latino voters (and probably no Latino nominee). Democrats have other constituencies -- generally more sophisticated, monied and politically savvy -- to tend to.

    In the meantime, a survey published last week by the nonpartisan Latino Decisions found that 63% of respondents identify the economy and jobs as the "most important issue for the new administration this year" (at 12%, immigration reform was a distant second). That means that, like most Americans, Latinos have money on their minds. And if the president helps ease the financial crisis, he's likely to keep their support no matter what else he does.

    Democratic strategists surely recognize the growing role Latinos will play in the future of politics in this country. The question is how far out of their way they will go to court them, especially without the presence of Republicans vying for Latinos' electoral love.


    Vicente Duque


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