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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Koppell, Miranda Rights on BronxTalk

Last Monday night Councilman Oliver Koppell talked on BronxTalk with host Gary Axelbank about the living wage bill, the siting of supportive housing in the 11th Council District, community board appointments, and more.  Here's a link to the show.

This Monday night, on June 14 beginning at 9pm, the Supervising Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Timothy Rountree and attorney Guylaine Harrison (both are professors in the Monroe College School of Criminal Justice), will talk with host Gary Axelbank about the recent Supreme Court revision of Miranda Rights rules.

To have your say, call 718-960-7241 during the program.

For more than fifteen years, BronxTalk has been seen live each Monday night at 9:00pm on Bronxnet's Cablevision channel 67. It's also on Verizon Fios channel 33 and streamed live at bronxnet.org. Produced by Jane Folloro, BronxTalk is repeated each day at 9:30am, 3:30pm, and 9:00pm. Archives are available at blip.tv and search for "BronxTalk."

1 comment:

  1. Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association, which spearheaded community opposition to the ill-conceived facility proposed for Cannon Place, is not opposed to supportive housing. We said many, many times that the community would welcome a facility of 8-10 units, which we have done often times before and were among the first to do, and which incidentally is the size of the facilities routinely opposed in Riverdale and "never a problem" as Councilman Koppell said last week. We know small facilities are usually not a problem.

    Studies show that small-scale supportive housing facilities do not undermine communities and large scale facilities do. FIPNA was routinely told that a small-scale facility would not be "cost effective," but Urban Pathway's proposed price tag of at least $35 million dollars of taxpayer money -- on a dangerous lot where major cost overruns were inevitable -- gives the lie to this assertion. Small facilities are simply less profitable for agencies and developers.

    EVERYONE agreed that the $35 million (plus) Urban Pathways proposal for 90, 74, or even 48 units was a terrible idea -- with the notable exception of the developers and Councilman Koppell, whose steadfast support for Urban Pathways against the interests of his own constituents (to the point of grilling potential CB appointees, as you rightly pointed out) raises serious questions about his true motivation.

    The city administration needs to choose its legacy. Provide compassionate housing for the homeless? Or systematically import chronic social problems into the outer boroughs, especially the Bronx, with no thought of the long-term impact? Enrich developers? Or protect and balance low-density family neighborhoods and their economic tax base? It is time to take an honest stock of the importance of strong, healthy, mixed and diverse communities like ours.

    FIPNA is proposing CB8 adopt a Moratorium on any and all increases in existing social service programming and new siting, including but not limited to nursing home and/or rehabilitation centers, supportive housing or other group homes in the area east of the Major Deegan Expressway; until and unless fair share distribution is equivalent in other parts of the district.

    And it's time for Councilman Koppell to do his job: which is to represent us.


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