Pedro Espada Jr., the new State Senate president, said in a radio interview on Tuesday morning that he personally wanted to bring same sex marriage to a vote. He also went on to say that he intends to fire the Senate’s highest-ranking Democratic staff member, Angelo Aponte, who as secretary of the Senate was the top aide to Malcolm A. Smith, the former majority leader. More here
State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. requested more than $2 million dollars in Senate earmarks this year for two groups with links to the health care organization that he founded according to the New York Times
Democrats met behind closed doors this morning to discuss a possible legal path to help them block the shift of control of the New York Senate to Republicans after the defection of Democrats Pedro Espada Jr. and Hiram Monserrate. Also, Governor Patterson called the shift an “outrage” and vowed to try and stop it, although there isn’t much he can do.
Mott Haven residents express anger over the Department of Parks and Recreation plans to plant trees in front of homes.
Sensors planned for the Bronx River Parkway will transmit real-time information on vehicle speeds and traffic volumes to police and public works employees.
Residents in the Wakefield section of the Bronx are unhappy over State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson’s undecided stance on the gay marriage debate.