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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.

Government

Participatory Budgeting voting underway

Participatory Budgeting voting underway

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.

Education / News / Politics

Melrose students join national walkout

Sophomore Jade Outlaw, 16, sings an acapella version of "Shine," a song written after Parkland by two student survivors.

South Bronx Community Charter High School students honor the national school walkout to end gun violence.

Culture / Politics

Bronxite develops podcast covering hyper-local news

Desiree Joy Frias

The hosts hope to bring awareness to hyper-local issues while keeping it progressive without a specific political slant. In the wake of the shut-down of local news outlets like DNAinfo and Gothamist, the team knew that hyper-local news coverage is essential.

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.

Government / Politics

Groups call on State Sen. Klein to resign

Heather Stewart of Empire State Indivisible demands State Sen. Jeff Klein's resignation, at City Hall on Jan. 12.

Representatives from grassroots coalitions across the state gathered on the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon to demand State Sen. Jeff Klein step down, in the wake of allegations he forcibly kissed a former staffer outside an Albany bar in 2015.

Government

Participatory Budgeting initiative surges ahead

Courtesy of Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.'s Office

Project ideas range from technology upgrades in schools to park renovations to bike racks and lanes.

Politics

Republican candidates face long odds in local City Council races

Patrick Delices is street campaigning at Hunts Point Station last Wednesday.

Even though no Bronx Republican has won a seat on the New York City Council in two decades, the party’s candidates in the 8th and 17th Council districts are not giving up on tomorrow’s general election without a fight.

Government / Politics

Salamanca easily wins Democratic primary

Rafael Salamanca Jr.

Rafael Salamanca Jr. cruised to victory in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, defeating retired health care administrator Helen Hines in a bid to continue representing Hunts Point and Melrose in the City Council.