As if we don’t have enough to deal with outside money pouring into our borough via developers bent on gentrifying The Bronx and creating their version of our home for wealthier prospective residents, now we have to deal with Upper East Side millionaires pouring monies into local elections to benefit their needs.
First of all, we’d like to make a correction that indeed this isn’t the first presidential candidate since RFK but there have been others like Reagan, Jesse Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, and even AL Gore.
So what do you need to know?
Get to St Mary’s Park as early as you can. Thousands of people have already clicked to RSVP via Welcome2TheBronx and we only represent a small fraction of that traffic.
This Thursday in St Mary’s Park in the heart of The South Bronx, Bernie Sanders is bringing his political revolution to our borough for a rally.
Since Maria del Carmen Arroyo decided to step down from her role as City Councilwoman representing the 17th district, the area has been without a representative since the start of the new year.
On February 23rd, a special election will take place to fill this void in one of the most visible districts that’s facing many issues including gentrification. (DISCLAIMER: In The interest of full disclosure, Welcome2TheBronx and myself are supporting Julio Pabon, a progressive candidate, who’s running under The Bronx is Not For Sale Platform.)
After announcing her resignation from City Council late November, Maria del Carmen Arroyo cited her decision was due to her wanting to dedicate time to “pressing family needs.”
Well the scandal plagued former Councilwoman seems to have been eyeing a deal in the private sector that has almost doubled to a $220,000 per year salary as Acacia Network’s new vice president of administration according to Capital New York.
Democratic New York State Assemblyman from The Bronx, Carl Heastie, is the apparent front runner and favorite candidate to become the next Assembly Speaker as Assemblyman Sheldon Silver steps down and is facing corruption charges after a decades long reign in Albany but is Heastie the right choice?
It’s a complex question with a myriad of points to look at. Most Bronxites would salivate at the fact that The Bronx would be the seat of the New York State Assembly and open doors for our borough but at what cost would this be?
Heastie, given his record (or lack thereof), is tainted as much as his would be predecessor.
The Bronx may be used to being an afterthought on politicians minds but it doesn’t mean that we have to sit down and take it.
Rep. Charles Rangel of the 13th Congressional District, which spans Upper Manhattan and the Northwest Bronx, has cancelled his appearance on the popular cable talk show, BronxTalk.
This was a unique opportunity for Rangel to address the issues that face our borough in a debate with State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Rev Michael Walrond who are challenging him in the upcoming primary.
We are tired of politicians turning their backs on us but we don’t have to take it sitting down. That’s why I’m encouraging folks to turn their backs on Rangel and vote for Espaillat who will be appearing on BronxTalk.
Get out and vote in the June 24th primary folks and make your voices heard.
3 campaign workers for Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo have been arrested for alleged fraud and are facing up to 7 years in prison.
So many scandals surrounding the Arroyos yet they never take the fall but instead those around them do like her own nephew, Richard Izquierdo Arroyo.
The only negative topic you’ll hear on Welcome2TheBronx is politics because we still have a long way to go in the Bronx when it comes to our elected officials.
Here’s a rather horrifying tale from Politicker (who referenced a Welcome2TheBronx article) with video evidence of Assemblyman José Rivera from the Bronx talking about “getting laid with young girls”.
Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda hosted the first meeting of the Roselyn Johnson Democratic club today, with an impressive turnout. The assemblyman stated that everyone in the room was a democrat who has voted in the last four elections and all but promised everyone present Election Day jobs.
Many Bronx elected officials made it out to the club’s grand opening: Senator Jeff Klein, Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblyman and Party Chairman Carl Heastie, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Councilmember Fernando Cabrera and Councilmember Annabel Palma.
Here are some interesting numbers about The Bronx and the New York City Council:
—The Bronx makes up 16.6% of New York City’s population.
—The Bronx has 8 of 51 seats on the City Council, or 15.6%.
—On the top five major council committees (Finance, Economic Development, Transportation, Education and Land Use), the Bronx delegation is represented by just 7 members out of the 69 total, or 10.1%; of course, none are chaired by a Bronx member.
The Mott Haven Herald has just published a very eye-opening article on just how deep lobbyists are in bed with our local politicians to make a deal with FreshDirect without community input.