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BRONX COURTS: The New York Times reported that the Bronx courts "are failing." In the first installment of a three-part series, William Glaberson writes that "a plague of delays in the Bronx criminal courts is undermining one of the central ideas of the justice system, the promise of a speedy trial." The story — based on an examination of court records, observations of trials, analyses of statistics and dozens of interviews — presents examples of the dysfunction of the Bronx criminal justice system. The second part was published today.

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JAIL DEATHS: A state agency found that Correctional Medical Care Inc., a private health care provider for county jails, played a role in the deaths of nine inmates across New York between 2009 and 2011, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported Saturday. The state attorney general's office says it is investigating CMC. The company told the upstate newspaper that it hires qualified medical staff. The company says the jails it operates in consistently meet or exceed national standards in their jails.

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]]> (Administrator) City Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:20:04 +0000
Today's Lead Story: City Population Hits Record High

More People Moving to City Than Leaving

According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg the city's population has reached an all-time high of 8.3 million and for the first time since the 1950's more people are moving into the city than moving out. The city's population grew by 161,000 between 2010 and 2012 bringing the population to 8.3 million. Each borough saw an increase in population but Brooklyn trumped them all with a jump of 61,000 people. "The facts bear out that this is a great place to come, to live, to vacation, to get medical care, to get an education," Bloomberg said.

Other Stories We're Following

Lawsuits Feared From New Unemployment Law (Crain's)

Report Says Bronx Rent Disputes Favor Landlords (NY Times)

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Outsiders Blamed For Unrest in Brooklyn (NY Times)

State Budget Begins to Take Shape (Albany Times Union)

Tax Cuts Eyed in State Budget (Buffalo News)

Gun Show Operators Agree to New Controls (NY Times)

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Pataki Endorses Castamatidis For Mayor (NY Times)

Senate Republicans Push Private Busing Plan (Daily News)

State Budget Is Looming (Gotham Gazette)

]]> (David Howard King) City Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:40:40 +0000
South Bronx Congressional District Leads Country in Hunger The South Bronx district represented by Congressman Jose Serrano has the highest rate of hunger in the country.

That's accoridng to the The Food Research and Action Center, which says Serrano's district has the highest rate of food instability and hunger out of any other congressional district. The rate is 36.3 percent.

One in six Americans (or 18.2 percent) report not being able to afford enough food, the FRAC study concluded. New York Sate has a rate of 18.8 percent food instability, while New York City as a whole performs better at 16.6 percent.

Mark Dunlea of Hunger Action Network, which released a statement on the report, says the study shows that more work needs to be done nationally and on the state level to increase incomes and support programs that provide food to the needy.

Hunger Action recently released a survey that showed a third of participants in emergency food programs have a job but make too little to provide enough food for their families.

"Congress needs to focus on providing living wage jobs to areas of high unemployment, rather than slashing government funding which will just push the economy back into a tailspin. Job restoration under this so-called recovery has been only half of prior recessions, and the jobs that have been created are paying poverty level wages," said Dunlea in a statement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still debating whether to include a minimum wage hike in the budget that is due April 1 — or whether to hash it out seperate of the spending plan. Democrats from both state legislative chambers support President Barack Obama's plan that would increase the minimum wage to $9 and tie it to inflation. Meanwhile, Cuomo proposed an increase to $8.75 without a tie to inflation. Senate Republicans have indicated they are still unsure if they increase any increase.

]]> (David Howard King) State Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:28:13 +0000
Hunger Likely To Increase In Post-Sandy NYC A new report brings the problem of food insecurity back to the table, citing new record highs even before Hurricane Sandy.

The number of New Yorkers living in households without enough food has hit an all time high of 1.4 million, or one in six, according to the report released earlier today by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

In the Bronx alone, 533,825 people, or 40 percent of the borough's residents, struggle against hunger, the report said. One in five over the age of 60, and over half of all Bronx children live in food insecure homes. Meanwhile, 90 percent of food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the Bronx reported an increase in the number of people served before the storm. Advocates believe that number has likely risen since Sandy.

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has had a tremendous impact on New York residents, especially those who are low-income," said Annabel Palma, chair of the New York City Council's general welfare committee, in a statement. "While we as a city will continue to rebuild after the storm and volunteer to assist storm victims, it is important to remember those for whom food insecurity and hunger were issues long before the hurricane."

From 2009 to 2011, nearly 474,000, or one in four children in New York, did not get enough food, the report said. That number is up 31 percent from 2006 to 2008, when 363,000, or one in five children struggled.

Even though Sandy brought these growing numbers into the public spotlight, pantries and kitchens still face dwindling funding.

“It should be considered a national scandal that, before the storm, one in four of our children and one in ten of our seniors, struggled against hunger," said Joel Berg, the executive director of the Coalition, in a statement. "If we can agree that no American should go hungry due to a natural disaster, surely we should agree that no American should go hungry due to human-made disasters such as recessions and program cut-backs."

Many volunteers and staff have admitted to using their own personal money to help fund these feeding programs, and the Coalition has asked President Obama to re-commit to his pledge to end U.S. child hunger by 2015.

For more information or to become a volunteer to help feed the hungry, visit

The New York Daily News has a list of places to get free meals.

]]> (Administrator) City Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:55:21 +0000
Union Bets Cash on Candidate in City Council Special Election

At least one union cares enough about the low-profile special election for Larry Seabrook's former City Council seat in the Bronx to weigh in with its own cash.

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has spent over $4,500 in the race, with most of the money going to pay for a full-color mailer backing candidate Andrew King, a former community organizer for the union.

King "knows that working families and the elderly face real obstacles, especially right now, and we need strong leadership," reads the flier.

The expenditure was the first disclosed under a city Campaign Finance Board rule that went into effect in May requiring any group that spends money on behalf of an unaffiliated candidate to disclose its support.

Under the rule, expenditures over $1,000 must be disclosed; expenditures over $5,000 require groups to disclose contributors.

Besides King, five other candidates are seeking the 12th City Council District seat vacated by Seabrook, who was convicted in late July on corruption charges.

King leads the pack in private funds raised, with over $28,000 in its campaign account, according to the CFB's website.


Image of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East flier distributed on behalf of Andy King.

]]> (Administrator) City Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:50:05 +0000
Today's Lead Story: City Students Start School Year

City Students Start School Year

Over one million students started the school year yesterday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted his oversight of the district and Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured the boroughs to greet children and teachers.“I think it’s indisputable that our schools are heading in the right direction," Bloomberg said during a visit to Middle School 327 in the Bronx. GothamSchools live-blogged the day.

In the Press...

City wants to accelerate marketing of logos (Daily News)

Popular Bronx 'flan man' stumps for Rivera challenger (Daily News)

Taxi commission says cab-hailing apps prohibited (NY Times)

Cuomo touts accomplishments during appearance at Democratic convention (Wall Street Journal)

Ethics board tells Assembly Democrats to preserve records (Associated Press)

Speaker Sheldon's actions won't be focus of ethics inquiry (NY Times)

Q&A with Atlantic Yards watchdog journalist (MetroFocus)

]]> (Administrator) City Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:31:10 +0000