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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 8

At a press conference announcing endorsements from Assemblyman Jose Rivera and Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. said Eric Stevenson -- the candidate expected to take over Michael Benjamin's 79th Assembly District seat -- was intimidated into withdrawing his endorsement of Espada. Stevenson said he had no idea what Espada was talking about.

Planned Parenthood is now officially backing the primary opponents of both Espada (Gustavo Rivera), and his top Senate ally, Ruben Diaz Sr. (Charlie Ramos).

In his latest campaign finance filing, Espada said he spent $17,000 on produce that he's given out during his campaign. But the manager of Hunts Point Market, where Espada says he sent a $17,000 check to, said the market doesn't sell produce, it just leases space for produce vendors.

As we mentioned in yesterday's roundup, the apartment building generally considered the "birthplace of hip hop" will be purchased and renovated by a city-backed housing group.More here. And here.

Prosecutors have the defendants in the Riverdale synagogue bomb plot trial on tape testing out hand-held missile launchers. And reportedly getting really excited about them.

The Post's Bronx girls high school soccer preview says the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy squad has become one of the top teams in the borough after two seasons of playing at the varsity level.


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