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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.

Health

Councilman pushes for opioid antidote in schools

A vile of naloxone.

The South Bronx had the highest rate of drug overdoses in the city last year, according to a study by the health department. City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. is proposing a bill to require local schools to have the antidote on hand to administer if needed, but the mayor’s office is pushing back.

Education

HPAC fair gathers longtime residents and newcomers

Claudell and Jovan draw their favorite thing to do outdoors while their mother, Claudia Vaughan, learns new recipes to cook at home.

More than 400 people attended the Hunts Point Alliance for Children’s back to school fair, going home with backpacks for the kids and healthy recipes for the adults.

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.

Parks

Local parks get safety upgrades

Local parks get safety upgrades

The city is installing 40 blue light “help points” in city parks, including Soundview Starlight Concrete Plant and Pugsley Creek parks.

Housing / Politics

Councilman looks to defend his seat in Sept. 12 primary

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.

“Every couple of weeks, there’s a different pressing issue,” says City Councilman Rafael Salamanca, 37, who will run in a Sept. 12 primary to protect his seat in the 17th City Council District.

Government / Politics

New chair brings fighting spirit to Board 2

Roberto Crespo meets with transportation officials on East 163rd Street to discuss local traffic problems.

In selecting Roberto Crespo to be its new chair, Community Board 2 has tabbed a lifelong resident who says he will play hardball with developers and city officials to ensure Hunts Point residents get a fair shake.

Housing

Residents fear secret gentrification plans

Protester Tahica Fredericks

Some dozen protesters rallied outside a closed-door meeting in Longwood, suspicious that officials are planning to rezone a huge chunk of the South Bronx without public input. The planning department and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca say it isn’t so.

Police

Crossing the Bruckner still a dangerous affair

A pedestrian runs for his life crossing the Bruckner Expressway on Hunts Point Avenue.

The six-lane Bruckner Boulevard has one of the highest traffic volumes in the city, and was the scene for three vehicular deaths in March and April. As a result, neighbors and elected officials are demanding that the city make some changes to improve lives for pedestrians.