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Monday, January 11, 2010

Bronx News Roundup for Jan. 11

This isn't really exactly a Bronx thing, but we couldn't resist: The New York Post reports that the city's new comptroller, John Liu, is requiring staffers to rise when he enters a room and address him as "Mr. Comptroller." 

A Post editorial says Attorney General Andrew Cuomo needs to successfully connect the dots on State Senator Pedro Espada's alleged funneling of state money to his health center business or the AG's office does not deserve the greater authority Cuomo is seeking.

Meanwhile, Crain's (which only provides its on-line content to registered subscribers) had this to say about Cuomo's inquiry:

Insiders say it was no accident that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo unveiled his investigation of controversial state senator Pedro Espada on the heels of Gov. David Paterson's state of the state speech. “It shows action to Paterson's prose,” one Democratic insider says, referring to the governor's promise to push for reforms.
Another Democratic aide calls Mr. Espada a “perfect target” because Mr. Cuomo can burnish his “cleaning up the Legislature” credentials without alienating the powers that be, as Mr. Espada is disliked by many colleagues. “This becomes especially valuable if Paterson fails to deliver on any of his proposed reforms, while Cuomo collects a trophy scalp to wave before the angry masses,” the aide says.
Mr. Cuomo is looking for evidence that Mr. Espada broke laws by seeking funding for nonprofit organizations that he controls, failing to report campaign contributions, or living in his Westchester County house while portraying his Bronx apartment as his primary address. The legislator brought the state Senate to a standstill last year by defecting to the Republican conference and then back to the Democrats.
“Pedro Espada, for better or worse, is the symbol of all that is wrong in Albany,” the first insider says.
Speaking of Espada, again, those in the political blogosphere who can't stand the idea of him running in the Democratic primary this September unopposed are raising the prospect of drafting Lilliam Perez, who is on the staff of State Senator Eric Schneiderman.. She had expressed interest in the seat a while back but then backed away.

And the last word today on Esapda: Believe it or not, the Boogiedowners, the Bedford Park bloggers who are no fans of the senator, say they had a good experience at one of Espada's health centers in Wakefield, where they went to get the flu vaccine for their daughter. 

A pregnant Bronx woman is still waiting for an apology from Howard Safir (former police commissioner under Rudy Giuliani) who hit her with his Ford Escalade as he was backing up in Manhattan and drove off. He told investigators he did not know he hit her and has not been charged.

Parents are rallying to save Christopher Columbus High School, which is slated for closure.

The Times reports that unionized workers of the New York Public Library can take paid leave or receive comp time when the temperature dips below 68 degrees at a branch. 


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