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Monday, June 22, 2009

Bronx News Roundup for June 22

Roberto Garcia, who until recently worked here at Mosholu Preservation Corporation (which publishes the Norwood News and sponsors the Bronx News Network) as director or economic development and now works in community relations at Montefiore, is featured in the New York Times’ City Room blog answering questions about the deteriorating state of Bainbridge Avenue and 204th Street In Norwood.

Karen Argenti, a relentless watchdog of the filtration plant construction, has 22 questions about the project, with footnotes, for the Croton Facilities Monitoring Committee and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Felix V. Matos Rodriguez will take over Hostos Community College next month. (You need a subscription to view full article.)

Congressman Jose Serrano leads all of his New York colleagues in securing earmarks for his district, according to an analysis done by the New York Post. Serrano says he’s successful because he asks for reasonable amounts of money and that his staff “does its homework.” He also does his best to win friends and influence his colleagues. “I’m not here to make enemies,” he told The Post.

The Daily News says its inquiry quashed a Department of Education decision to close MS 399’s science lab. The troubled school, which is on E. 184th Street just west of the Concourse, is slated for closure in two years. Mount Hope Monitor had this story in January.

And in Senate stalemate news ...

This might actually work. Gov Paterson is threatening to keep the legislature in session every day – even weekends – throughout the summer until they solve their leadership problems and start addressing legislation.

Sen. Pedro Espada showed a Daily News reporter his 201st Street co-op. Neighbors in the building continue to say they rarely see him there.

‘Anyone but Pedro.’ That’s what Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger says is the stance of her Democratic colleagues, many of whom she said would be willing to accept a Republican leader over Espada, the freshman turncoat lawmaker who upended state politics when he sided with the GOP. Espada has nominally remained a Democrat. In the same Wall Street Journal article, Espada says his tactics “are not deemed disgraceful in my neck of the woods.”

Espada says he’ll give up his Senate paycheck if his colleagues do it first.

Newsday has this nugget on the seeds of the upheaval.

The Daily News is continuing its “Don’t Pay the Bums” campaign today, urging the state comptroller to not sign off on Senate paychecks until the leadership struggle is resolved.


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