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Friday, December 11, 2009

Bronx News Roundup, Friday Dec. 11

City Hall magazine says Bronx Democrats are shying away from challenging controversial Bronx State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. Two names mentioned as possible challengers -- Lillian Perez (chief of staff for Sen. Eric Schneiderman) and Haile Rivera (a local activist and former Obama organizer) -- have said they're not looking to run against Espada.

The Daily News reports that Council members Oliver Koppell and Annabel Palma are introducing a bill that would tie the creation of living wage jobs ($10 an hour, plus benefits or $11.50 an hour) to city-subsidized development projects.

[Side note on this effort: A little too late for ensuring living wage at the Bronx's Kingsbridge Armory project, where the developer, The Related Companies, is receiving millions in city tax breaks and a discount on the sale price. It's also too late for this to bill to pass before the end of the year. All Council bills die on Dec. 31 and there's no way it's getting done by then. However, it's true that there is momentum for "living wage" legislation and many Council members are pledging to take up the cause in early 2010. Koppell and Palma's bill will get the ball rolling.]

The city is telling all public school principals to prepare for a 1.5% midyear budget cut. Here's how the principal of the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, a successful small high school in the south Bronx, is planning to make the cuts.

Since 2007, food stamp usage in the Bronx has gone up 27%.

A look at all the best high school football players in the Bronx this year. And here's the borough's best girl volleyball players.

Bronx schools have improved according to the DOE's overall school grading system.

The brother of the Bronx mother who was shot execution style on Monday morning wants justice.

A new report say there are more than 500 stalled construction projects in New York City. But only 24 of them are in the Bronx.

Two Bronx high schools -- High School for American Studies at Lehman College and Bronx Science (the two are literally blocks away from each other as part of the northwest Bronx's education mile) -- have been named to U.S. World and Report's top 100 American high schools.


  1. The link for the high schools in US News and World Reports is actually linking to the girl's volleyball story.

    Just as an FYI.

  2. Thanks for pointing that out Nancy. It's been changed.


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