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Photo: Juan Garcia

Community groups call for creation of a ‘public bank’

Economy, Government June 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm 0 comments

Activists from citywide community organizations gathered in front of the New York Stock Exchange on June 6 to press the city to divest from Wall Street banks and instead create an alternative banking system that would allow communities to control their investments.

Van Asher Photo by Joe Hirsch

City shoots for safe injection site in Longwood

Government, Health May 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm 0 comments

A prominent Mott Haven business booster agrees that Longwood is a bad place to put the site, and has a suggestion for the mayor: Put it in The Hub.

Jackson Houses tenant leader Danny Barber, flanked by Rep. Jose E. Serrano (left) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (right) and protesters, at an anti-jail rally in Mott Haven on May 1. Photo: Joe Hirsch

Protesters rally in front of tow pound to denounce jail plan

Government May 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm 0 comments

Rep. Jose E. Serrano and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recalled their boyhoods growing up in the neighborhood, while assuring a hundred-some protesters that they are on residents’ side in their clash with the city over a new jail.

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Sepúlveda wins special election for State Senate seat

Politics April 25, 2018 at 5:04 pm 0 comments

Democrat Luis Sepúlveda won a special election for a seat on the State Senate in the 32nd senatorial district last night, easily defeating his two challengers.

Randy Dillard shared his experiences in Bronx housing court at a town hall at Monroe College this month to spread awareness about Right to Council, a bill funding council for low-income tenants facing eviction. Photo: Anna Brooks

Tenants hope new law will help stave off displacement

Housing, Politics April 24, 2018 at 11:34 am 0 comments

“Rezoning and gentrification are one and the same, and they cause displacement,” said a housing advocate from CASA: Community Action for Safe Apartments. “It hurts my heart to see my community members when they’re crying and have nowhere to go.”

Parishioners at Our Lady of Victory church in Claremont, in the Bronx, where many Hondurans pray. Photo: Paula Moura

Fear of deportation still haunts Hondurans, even after extension of amnesty program

Government, Immigration April 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm Comments are Disabled

The family is one of a growing number of Honduran immigrants with mixed immigration status who could be split by deportation or return together to a country that no longer feels like home. About 3,000 Hondurans in New York City are under Temporary Protection Status (TPS), a protection from deportation that allows immigrants to work in the U.S. after a natural disaster or armed conflict, according to city data.

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Education, Politics April 20, 2018 at 12:27 am 0 comments

Whoever wins the special election will hardly have time to get their seat warm. Another election will follow in the fall, for the two-year term that starts next January.

Participatory Budgeting voting underway

Participatory Budgeting voting underway

Politics April 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm 0 comments

A citywide government program called Participatory Budgeting allows citizens to vote on how the local council member will spend part of his money – up to $1 million — in the district.