Government / Politics
As the district manager of Community Board 2 Rafael Salamanca was an energetic advocate for Hunts Point and Longwood as well as a visible presence at neighborhood meetings that addressed concerns about traffic on the area’s truck-burdened streets and issues of health and housing.
Community Board 2 District Manager Rafael Salamanca has announced he will run for the vacant 17th district city council seat, joining a long list of candidates.
News / Politics
Amanda Septimo has set her sights on the open City Council seat in Bronx District 17, which includes Hunts Point and Longwood. At 24, Septimo would become the youngest council member in the city.
City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo has announced that she will resign at the end of the year, after ten years representing Hunts Point and Mott Haven.
A Longwood church with an in-demand food pantry was evicted in July. Though the social services nonprofit that owns the building says the church hasn’t been paid its bills, the pastor says greed is fueling the dispute.
Business / Environment
Community Board 2 says it will keep an eye on an influx of new auto businesses that were forced to leave Queens, to ensure they comply with environmental regulations.
Several South Bronx organizations are slated to receive funding from the New York City Council for the programs and services they run in their communities.
Parks / Video
52 Park will get a long-needed facelift to add a skate park and make its playground safer, its basketball courts more playable and its theater more audience-friendly.
On Jan. 20, Sampson suffered a heart attack, which ultimately took his life at the age of 73. As a sign of remembrance, Community Board 2 has voted unanimously to co-name East 163rd Street and Rev. James A. Polite Avenue after Sampson.