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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, June 22

Fire Department officials have launched an internal probe after an image of President Obama, painted on a toolbox inside a Tremont firehouse, was defaced with the words "Hustler" and "Allah Akbar."

More details on the murder of Mohamed Jalloh, the 18-year-old Bronx resident who was stabbed to death in Washington Heights on Sunday.

A Riverdale man was shot dead execution-style outside a hotel in Yonkers early Monday morning.

Richard Izquierdo Arroyo, the nephew of Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, and grandson of Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, will be sentenced this Friday. "Little Ricky" pled guilty in March to embezzling $115,000 from a nonprofit group. Despite this, Assemblywoman Arroyo had no qualms keeping him on as her chief-of-staff.

The upcoming trial of Councilman Larry Seabrook may be further delayed after his lawyer, Murray Richman (aka "Don't Worry Murray) told a judge that he - Richman - may have a conflict of interest with one of the witnesses. Seabrook, who has a nickname of his own, faces money laundering, extortion and fraud charges. Some of the charges are tied to the so-called "slush-fund scandal" which has already bought down Richard Izquierdo Arroyo (see above) and former Manhattan councilman Miguel Martinez, among others.

A federal judge will decide later this week whether or not to bail the four men accused of trying to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale last year.

Last Friday, housing adovcates rallied outside State Sen. Jeff Klein's home in Pelham Parkway, to protest his refusal to support a vacancy decontrol bill.

Not for the first time, parks advocates are accusing the city of giving Bronx residents a bum deal with regards to the new parks and playgrounds slated to replace the parkland the Yankee Stadium swallowed up. 

Jewish Home Lifecare recently cut the ribbon on its latest residence for low-income seniors. The 71-unit building is located at 2552 Webb Ave.

Four Bronx youths are suing the city, and demanding $1 million apiece, after being arresting last month for having a water-balloon fight on Walton Avenue.

A community group in Mott Haven wants to reseed Bronx Kill with oysters and mussels, in an effort to clean up the polluted waterway which separates the Bronx from Randalls Island.

At several outdoor locations in the Bronx, pianos have appeared for residents young and old to bang away on.  The pianos are part of a citywide art project called “Play Me, I’m Yours.”

The Jersey Shore's Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, could be Bronx-bound.


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