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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, July 13

Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner died in Florida this morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 80 years old. Already, the accolades are coming in thick and fast, including this statement from Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr:

Today I join 1.4 million Bronxites, and Yankee fans across the world, in mourning the passing of a great man, ‘The Boss,’ George Steinbrenner. During his tenure as owner of the New York Yankees, Mr. Steinbrenner did everything in his power to create his own winning tradition in the Bronx, an effort that resulted in seven World Series championships. While other baseball fans were jealous of this success, Yankee fans, like myself, loved him for it. Both the Bronx and New York City have lost a giant today—in baseball and in charity—and my deepest condolences go out to the Steinbrenners and the entire New York Yankees family.
In other news, Sonia Sotomayor, the Bronx-raised supreme court justice, is writing a memoir.

As we mentioned in our story of the day, plans to do away with the Sheridan Expressway are gaining traction.

More on State Senator Pedro Espada's press conference outside the Bronx Board of Elections yesterday, during which he claimed "God is on my side." Here's our coverage of the event.

Bob Kappsatter's weekly political column includes news of Assemblyman Nelson Castro messy divorce, and a look at which Bronx Council members have been awarded the most member item money.

Tentative plans in are place to bring free broadband Internet access to the Bronx, the borough with the highest percentage of households without it.

Bronx detectives believe they know who's responsible for the 1981 murder of 20-year-old Janet Agosto.

In Westchester Square, traffic cops spend their days guarding their colleagues' private vehicles, which are often parked next to expired coin meters, according to the Post.

Bronx schools are set to receive a large slice of the $37 million in capital funds Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr. has at his disposal in fiscal year 2010.

Last Saturday, at a Bronx firehouse on East 150th Street, local residents gathered to commemorate the lives of fire victims and to celebrate the city budget deal which saved several firehouses from closure.


  1. Completely unacceptable!

    It is illegal for City employees, including Traffic Enforcement Agents, to park their private vehicles at meters in violation of the regulations. The City does not pay for their personal parking when they commute to work!

    You mean to tell me the people we pay to enforce traffic regulations are instead spending their work day helping their buddies break the law?!!


    Every one of them standing guard, instead of DOING THEIR JOB should be fired IMMEDIATELY. Along with half the Dirty Five-Two, that is.

  2. Something the media may want to follow-up on with regard to Mr. Espada's statements yesterday. In the various reports he claims to be a Christian and specifically a Catholic. Since he is making this claim, I think he is opening the door to further questions about his personal faith. For example -- is he a registered member of any Catholic parish? If so, which one? In the stories about giving out food outside St. Brendan's Church in Norwood -- he claims he has no idea who Fr. Stewart (the pastor of St. Brendan's) is. If he really lives on 201st Street -- St. Brendan's would be a close option to join. Since he doesn't know the pastor of this neighborhood church, I'll assume he's not a member of St. Brendan's. Maybe he is a member of St. Philip Neri parish on the Grand Concourse, which is slightly closer to his alleged residence? Maybe he is registered at a parish in Mamaroneck where he seems have a lot of sushi delivered? Sushi Sundays after mass on Sunday in the Espada home? Maybe he's not registered in a parish at all (not that uncommon) but nonetheless, where exactly does he attend Mass on Sunday? Again -- I'm only asking since he wants us to consider his Catholicism as one of his qualifications for re-election.


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