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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, August 19

On the political front: former Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer will announce his endorsement of Gustavo Rivera today, according to a press release sent out this morning. Rivera is one of two candidates challenging Senator Pedro Espada, Jr., and he's been racking up a good amount of political support lately. We'll be covering the announcement this afternoon, so check back later for more details.

In a local Assembly race, candidate Luis Sepulveda is turning his attention to the borough's growing population of Bangladeshi residents in order to unseat longtime incumbent Peter Rivera.

Activists rallied outside of a Bronx catering hall last week, where Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. was holding a fundraiser, to protest the senator's anti-gay agenda.

Personal contributions from outside their legislative districts make up most of New York candidates' campaign funds, according to the Star-Gazette. Sen. Pedro Espada and Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson were among those mentioned.

An 18-year-old South Bronx student, originally from war-torn Sierra Leone, was honored last night by the Yankees during the team's 2nd annual "Hope Week."

The Times reviews Manuel Acevedo's exhibit, on display at the Bronx River Art Center until Aug. 28.

The Daily News follows up on yesterday's Village Voice piece on Pedro Espada's overdue tailor's bill.

An inspection of the city's supermarkets found that many are overcharging customers for items, with the highest number of violations happening in five Bronx neighborhoods.

Tenants in a Creston Avenue apartment complex are asking for help in getting their building's many violations repaired by a negligent landlord. We were there and will post some video this afternoon. One apartment in particular was in a terrible state.

Thanks largely to the efforts of a plastic surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center, state law now requires doctors to inform breast cancer patients facing surgery about breast reconstruction options.

Elevated levels of the toxic construction material PCB were found in three city schools inspected recently, including P.S. 178, on Baychester Avenue.


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