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Monday, August 17, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, August 17

Both Bronx residents and baseball fans are fighting to save the old Yankee Stadium's Gate 2. Although New York City has plans to remove the gate which would cost around $10 million to preserve, Yankee and Bronx enthusiasts argue that the gate should be used as an entryway into the new Heritage Park. Visit the Save Gate 2 website for more information on how the gate will preserve Bronx history.

[On the flip side, there was a protest yesterday afternoon calling for the old stadium to be torn down immediately and for the Yankees to fulfill promises they made to the community concerning jobs and environmental protection. More on this, including photos, later today.]

Continuing on with the ever interesting and chaotic chronicles of Senator Pedro Espada Jr.'s summer of controversy, the Senator now says that he is making efforts to stop nepotism in his office. Senator Espada Jr.'s son was recently hired for a $120,000 a year Senate job, but resigned after one week amid a sea of criticism for nepotism.

In BP Ruben Diaz Jr.'s budget for 2010, over 40 Bronx schools, parks and cultural organizations will receive $21 million in funding. The much needed money will go towards improving houses, playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities and a slew of non-profit groups.

After eight years and only slight progress in completing the Ferry Point golf course, the Parks Department is estimating that the project will need another $80 million to be completed. The construction process already has dealt with many controversies including a FBI investigation for supposed dealings with the mafia.

Bronx politicians speak out against the MTA after the Daily News broke the story about the MTA cutting back student discounts on express buses to Manhattan.

Early this morning a Bronx cab driver, Amadou Ndiaye, was shot dead in an attempted robbery in the Baychester. Police are still investigating the crime.

Yesterday afternoon, two men were wounded in a gunfight in Crotona Park.


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