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Friday, July 29, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Friday, July 29

We're short-staffed today, so a quick but substantive round-up folks ... Have a great weekend!

This story in the Riverdale Press caught our eye. The Amalgamated Houses, the sprawling, leafy limited-equity co-operative wedged in between Norwood and Kingsbridge Heights, has hired a new property manager, Charles Zsebedics, who was convicted for participating in a scheme a decade ago that defrauded his former company of $1.3 million. The Amalgamated's board was well aware of Azebedics'history but did its due diligence and decided that he had learned from his mistakes and that he was the best person for the job.

Andrew Boryga, a graduate of BxNN's youth journalism program for high school students, continues to do great work for the New York Times in between his academic pursuits at Cornell. In this Times' City Room blog piece, which also appeared in today's print edition, Boryga profiles artist Nicolas Dumit Estevez who had himself baptized on the Bronx River as a new Bronxite and to bring attention to his new exhibit at the Longwood Art Gallery on the Hostos Community College campus.

A plan to close 17 Bronx post offices, the most in the city, continued to roil postal workers and those who say local post offices are a lifeline for seniors and local communities.

The Daily News reports that 60 Bronx businesses are in danger of going under following the massive Jerome Avenue water main break on Wednesday morning.

Cops are looking for the shooter responsible for shooting a 5-year-old boy in the leg while he was walking with his mom near Holland and Astor avenues in the east Bronx last night.

Four police officers assigned to the Bronx district attorney's office have been caught cheating on their timesheets, the Post reports.

Lots of tasty morsels in Bob Kappstatter's column as usual this week, including the possibility that the financially struggling Bronx Museum of the Arts might try to emulate the Museum of Modern Art by developing a new, substantial revenue stream by building housing for artists on an adjacent property.


  1. How did the Board of the Amalgamated assess that Charles Zsebedics learned from his mistakes when he received a mere slap on the wrist for his transgressions against other shareholders and then later got his "sentence" reduced? The Board at Park City Estates kept him as General Manager because another Board Member at Park City was indicted for fraud as well during their bid rigging and kick back schemes. They were only on the hook for 1.35 million. I can only imagine how much more they actually got away with before they were caught? These people arent fooling anyone.

  2. An elderly woman named "Mickey" kept screaming that he deserved a second chance. He alredy got a second chance - from the same people he robbed. And he was paid very well to manage that property. While the elderly are certainly entitled to their opinions, they must also consider the concerns of shareholders who do not benefit at all from entitlement programs like S.C.R.I.E or D.R.I.E. In addition, the new shareholders are paying dearly for the "frugality" of the shareholders of yesteryear who preferred cheap rent over solid, well maintainted buildings. This is why you have water damage in apartments, various plumbing problems, boiler issues, structural issues etc. The earlier shareholders opted for cheap rent and the buildings were neglected. Since the elderly receive the most benefit from the various social service organizations in bed with the Education Department of the Amalgamated, they seldom have the same issues that the working person in the coop experiences.

    The only people who deserve a chance are the people who adhere to the laws that regulate the conduct of working class citizens. As it stands, we are being bombarded with criminals and agendas.


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