In a scathing letter to the mayor on Apr. 22, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. registered his “disdain for the timing of your creation of a Design Advisory Group for the future sites of the new borough-based jails that have been proposed to replace Rikers Island,” blasting the administration for its “lack of any real commitment to community input in its ongoing proposal to build a new jail in The Bronx.”
Mott Haven residents held a community vigil in front Patterson Houses on March 26, for a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head a week earlier after dropping off his younger sister home from school.
In immigrant-friendly New York City, some immigrants feel Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning his back on them by eliminating funding for adult literacy programs they say are essential for upward mobility.
Patients in Mott Haven say they are seeing shorter wait times and quicker care for common illnesses since the opening of a new express clinic at Lincoln Medical Center six months ago.
“We understand you’re doing the best you can,” one frustrated resident and frequent meeting attendee, told officers. “But all our resources are being sucked down the drain by this drug stuff.” He shook his head. “Our neighborhood is the hub of heroin; it’s Home Depot.”
Hunts Point native Amanda Septimo will try to unseat Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo in a face-off that pits a 27-year-old, grass roots organizer against an 82-year-old party matriarch whom the challenger says has long been out of touch with her embattled constituents.