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Friday, October 23, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Oct. 23

Gov. David Paterson wants the New York State Senate to vote on a same-sex marriage bill within the next few weeks during a special session of the legislature to address New York’s budget. Sen. Ruben Diaz has vowed to do whatever it takes to prevent the bill to legalize same-sex marriage from becoming law or getting to the floor of the Senate this year.

We've written about Diaz's opposition before, as well as the attitude of Assemblyman Michael Benjamin.

The man suspected of shooting Sadie Mitchell has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He pleaded not guilty in Bronx Criminal Court this morning.

A Bronx father is suing NYC Transit after his son was stabbed on a city bus. He says the bus driver did not call for help and abandoned his bleeding son on the street.

English teacher Greg Van Voorhis at the Bronx School of Law and Finance is being investigated by the New York City Department of Education after allegations that he gave students lewd stories to read.

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) is adding a pilot Bronx Express program for service between Woodlawn and 149th Street-Grand Concourse. The pilot will begin on Oct. 26. and end on Dec. 11. Express trains will operate every 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

Bronx resident Rosa N. Rivera pleaded guilty today to aiding and assisting in the presentation of a false individual income tax return for clients and to filing a false individual income tax return.


  1. If you choose to include articles from religious sources in your "News Roundup" posts, please be sure to post the counterpoint as well. It is insulting and belittling to many people to use the term "same-sex 'marriage'" with marriage in quotation marks. If this blog is to be considered a legitimate source of news, it needs to be unbiased.

  2. Anonymous, you are correct and we appreciate the feedback. If the bill were to become law, same-sex spouses would obviously be married just like anyone else. We removed the quotes. Thanks.
    -Jordan Moss, Editor

  3. This is Mark Rodriguez from The Political Parent Party. I would like to take this opportunity to stress the fact that if public opinion is supportive of same sex marriage in NYS, why can't we be just as supportive of an equal parenting/joint custody law? As a victim of the NYS Family Court system I have witnessed the devastation on our kids via divorce. As a candidate for the NYS Assembly in 2010 I do support same sex marriage because the USA is a Democracy not a Theocracy like Iran. But I will also push for joint custody for BOTH parents who are decent, stable and fit for parenting. My opponent, Carl Heastie along with some of The Rainbow Rebels fully supported neither. The time has come to end this nonsense of hypocrisy and ignorance and allow the institution of The Family to thrive with both parents, gay or straight and end the crimilization of parents via the current domestic violence laws. Our children deserve better!


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