For students at M.S. 343 in Mott Haven, a visit to the principal’s office is a treat. Principal Vincent Gassetto’s headquarters is where they’ll find Buttons, a tan terrier mix puppy nestled on a blue plaid dog bed.
The city does need new housing, but in his thirst to reach his goal of 200,000 affordable apartments our mayor appears to be blind to the value of human scale, open space and community character.
Parents at a few high-performing Mott Haven schools are worried that years of hard work and academic success could be undercut when the city closes JHS162 and offers its students the opportunity to transfer to those schools.
Just how Intro 495, a proposed law that would cap the amount of garbage that can be dumped on the South Bronx, North Brooklyn and Southern Queens, went from near-certain passage to imminent defeat offers a text book example of the city’s backroom politics.
Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. has built an early fund-raising lead with big contributions from the Bronx Democratic Party machine and elected officials, along with numerous smaller contributions.
As the district manager of Community Board 2 Rafael Salamanca was an energetic advocate for Hunts Point and Longwood. He was a visible presence at neighborhood meetings that addressed concerns about traffic on the area’s truck-burdened streets and issues of health and housing.
Rafael Salamanca, the candidate backed by the Bronx Democratic Party machine, continues to bring in large contributions from elected officials and from businesses that need the support of politicians.