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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 2

Bad news for Senate buddies Pedro Espada, Jr. and Ruben Diaz, Sr.: Spanish-language newspaper El Diario/La Prensa is backing their rival candidates in the Sept. 14 primary. In a release sent this morning, the paper announced the endorsements of Espada-challenger Gustavo Rivera and Carlos Ramos, who is looking to unseat Diaz in the 32nd Senate District. The statement called Rivera a "rising star," and chided Diaz for his "narrow mindedness."

Voters in Riverdale, where Democrats historically turn out to elections in high numbers, could play a key role in determining the outcome of Senate races in the 31st and 33rd Districts, the Riverdale Press is reporting.

A 6-alarm fire broke out last night in a record store on White Plains Road near 236th Street, causing the building's roof to collapse and spreading quickly to businesses nearby. At least a dozen firefighters were reportedly injured and several stores destroyed.

It's a parking ticket showdown between a tow truck operator and an NYPD officer from the 45th Precinct. Tow truck driver Marvin Robbins says the  cop gave him an invalid parking ticket as payback for his job, which is to tow illegally parked police vehicles.

Harlem Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV (who is running for Charles Rangel's seat in Congress) supposedly took campaign donations from the owner of a Melrose strip club, who is being sued for sexual harassment by the club's dancers.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., is urging the city to test all schools for PCB, a toxic building material. Tests done by the city last month showed high levels of the chemical at a public school in Co-op City.

The new Mott Haven Educational Campus debuted this week, a college-like 280,000-square-foot site that will house four schools. The Mayor announced that the city will add a total of 17,000 new classroom seats this year to relieve overcrowding.

A surveillance camera caught two arsonists on tape as they tried to set fire to a West Farms apartment building on Tuesday morning. Police are still looking for both suspects.

1 comment:

  1. Regarding Newspaper endorsements -- I noticed that Gay City News also endorsed Ramos (of course) and Gustavo Rivera. I was pleased to see this. Eventhough Pedro voted for marriage equality, Gay City News quite correctly recognized that he is not a reliable ally:

    "In another Bronx race, Pedro Espada, currently under investigation for an array of ethical abuses, faces a challenge from Gustavo Rivera,... Espada’s is an odd case — an incumbent Democrat who voted for marriage equality but has drawn opposition from gay groups, including the Stonewall Democrats and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club. The reason for that opposition is Espada’s unprincipled unreliability as a Democrat — twice last year he threatened to bolt from the party, once throwing control of the Senate up in the air for a month. Yes, he voted for gay marriage, but one more defection could flip the Senate back into Republican hands — a move that would doom a vote on marriage and transgender rights for the foreseeable future. We urge a vote for Gustavo Rivera on September 14."



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