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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Dec. 15

The City Council's decision to vote no to Related Companies' Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment proposal could spur living wage legislation. (The Web is awash this morning with articles and opinion pieces about the vote - some praising it, others slamming it. We'll link to them in a seperate post this afternoon.)

In other news:

A former Broadway actress has opened a dance studio in Throgs Neck.

Urban Health Plan has received $12 million in stimulus money to expand its health clinic on Southern Boulevard.

A former director of the Bronx Conservatory of Music, a non-profit which offers cheap music lessons to kids from low-income families, has been charged with pocketing grant money.

Three Bronx post offices - Crotona Park, Van Nest, and Oak Point - are still in danger of closing. Originally, seven Bronx locations were on the chopping block, but the list has been trimmed.

Last year, Ocelot Capital, a notorious (and now defunct) private equity group, abandoned dozens of apartment buildings in the Bronx. Recently, some of the building came under new ownership and tenants there are hopeful. But in the other buildings - now owned by Hunter Property Management - tenants say their complaints go unheard, and that the apartments are deteriorating. More here in the Mount Hope Monitor.

Despite the poor economy, New York City hospital execs earned seriously big bucks last year. Here in the Bronx, Bronx Lebanon Hosptial CEO Miguel Fuentes Jr., came out on top, with a $4.8 million pay-package. It would take someone earning $10-an-hour (the so-called living wage) about 250 years to make a similar amount.

City Island residents are up in arms over noisy gunfire and bombs blasts from a nearby NYPD training facility.


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