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Friday, July 17, 2009

Bronx News Roundup for July 17th

Just a day after Manhattan City Councilman Miguel Martinez admitted to using taxpayers' money improperly through slush funds, Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo of the Bronx is suspected of funneling money through a nonprofit to pay for trips to Puerto Rico for her and her mother.

After the chaos that was the New York State Senate for almost five weeks, $85 million in grants was approved last Thursday and has been divided amongst the parties, with $77 million going to New York State Senate Democrats and just $8 million to Republicans. Bronx State Senator Pedro Espada received $2 million, of which $1.5 million is going to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.

A strain of West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, but no cases of infection have been reported yet.

A wild motorist that raged down Gun Hill Road on Sunday, killing one man and injuring nine people, was identified yesterday and is being held at a hospital until he can attend trial.

Smokeless tobacco is becoming increasingly popular for teenage athletes in the Bronx even though medical statistics disprove what might be a common myth that using snuff or chew is less harmful than smoking cigarettes (Data shows chewing tobacco has three times as much nicotine, and is therefore three times more addictive than cigarettes).

A bill to make texting-while-driving illegal is expected to be signed into law soon. If broken, it can wield fines anywhere up to $150. This is one step by the Senate to try and diminish crash statistics that show younger drivers are up to five times more likely to be in a car accident than an 18-year-old driver.


  1. Hopefully the FEDS will indict Arroyo and Baez for their slushy ways... abusing tax payers monies.. How dispicable!

  2. Check the facts. Regarding whether smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking, the research firmly supports that it is (no lung cancer and reduced incidence of all other tobacco related effects including a steep reduction in the risk of oral cancer). The nicotine is still there but while it is addictive it is not a big health concern.

    The NYDaily News rewrote information from health sites and created some new and false information. Yes, smokeless is tobacco if that matters to you but the important thing is it has about 1% of the harm that smoking does.


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