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Monday, June 29, 2009

Bronx News Roundup June 29

OK, what would Monday be without an Espada/State Senate roundup to start things off?

Despite the avalanche of mail and literature saturating the 33rd Senate District during the great Espada v. Gonzalez primary faceoff last fall, the state Board of Elections says that Espada’s recently filed (and very late) expense reports indicate “no activity.”

According to the Albany Times Union, the state has withdrawn a contract for $3 million to Espada’s Soundview Healthcare Network because of alleged misstatements about the organization’s history of tax delinquency.

New York Magazine’s take on the mess in the state Senate.

Tom Robbins says the governor isn’t using the full powers of his office to stop Espada from turning state government upside down.

The latest on the connection between Bronx lawyer/uber political fixer Stanley Schlein and Espada.

Sam Roberts of the Times reports that help is on the way for New Yorkers exasperated by the deadlocked Senate – but not until 2013, after the decennial redistricting will heavily favor demographic changes in downstate (read Democratic) areas.

Millions of gallons of groundwater and stormwater pollutants associated with the Croton water filtration plant project in Van Cortlandt Park are being inappropriately discharged into parkland, says Karen Argenti on Waterblogged.

The Times reports on the growing competition among vendors selling ices, or helados.

The Bronx Knows, an HIV testing organization, celebrated its first year and a 28 percent hike in the number of Bronxites tested.

A shooting death in Mott Haven.


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