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News / Politics

Sepúlveda wins special election for State Senate seat

Luis Sepúlveda

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.

Politics

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

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.

Parks / Transportation

Community urges state to change Sheridan plan

Protesters rallied at Hunts Point Riverside Park on March 26.

Concerned citizens gathered at Hunts Point Riverside park on Monday, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to build off-ramps between the Sheridan and Edgewater Road.

Education

Residents rally against school merger

Students and educators rally at City Hall on Feb. 27.

“We’ve been told a merger is different than a closure because students and teachers will have a school to go to,” said one teacher. “However, Rucker will be no more. Where do our public schools go? They’re relocated permanently, and they’re forgotten.”

News

City announces plans for new jail in Mott Haven

The Mott Haven site where the city wants to build a new jail.

Not so fast, said two other elected officials with a major say in the matter.

Crime

Longwood man sentenced to a year in jail for animal abuse

Sassy the dog

A Longwood man who slammed a puppy to the floor, causing one of her legs to require amputation, will spend the next year behind bars for the incident, the Bronx DA announced today. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that the man, Roberto Martinez, 25, of 946 Leggett Avenue, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to a […]

Business / Food

Hunts Point food distribution market workers ratify new contract

The Hunts Point market on Edgewater Road.

A looming strike has been averted at the Hunts Point Produce Market, as workers voted today to ratify a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement.

Housing

Residents alarmed over new market-rate development

Residents alarmed over new market-rate development

Housing advocates and residents hope that a market-rate development scheduled for construction in Longwood is not a sign of worrying things to come in the area.

Government / Politics

Salamanca will chair City Council’s Land Use Committee

Rafael Salamanca Jr.

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. was named to chair the City Council’s influential Land Use Committee, where he will be responsible for working to shape zoning measures, development and affordable housing across the city.