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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.

A row of elegant, century-old houses across the street from an NYPD tow pound the city wants to convert into a jail. Photo: Joe Hirsch

New jail belongs behind courthouse, says councilman

Politics March 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm 0 comments

Reaction has been fierce in Mott Haven, where residents have said they will fight the city’s plan to build a jail on the site of an NYPD tow pound.

Photo: Paula Moura

South Bronx is new home for some hurricane victims

Government, Health March 4, 2018 at 7:07 pm 0 comments

People displaced by extreme weather events caused by climate change have no legal protections, said an attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Law. In contrast, the captains of industry whose businesses, environmental experts argue, are at the root of these catastrophes in the first place, receive every possible break.

Diaz Jr. hammers mayor at State of the Borough

Diaz Jr. hammers mayor at State of the Borough

Government, Politics February 22, 2018 at 4:45 pm 1 comment

Borough president says new Bronx jail site must be decided locally In his State of the Borough address this afternoon, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. kept Mayor Bill de Blasio on notice that he will stand firm against the city’s plan to build a new jail in Mott Haven withoutRead More