Wrongful convictions have been at the center of public discourse lately. Every few weeks, there's a headline about a new exoneration, some poor guy locked up for 20 years for a crime it turned out he did not commit. In 2013, 87 people were exonerated across America, the most in any year on record. ... More >>
Amanda Rosario remembered a big gray room, and she remembered the smell of it. She hated the smell of it. She was on her mom's lap, she remembered, and her dad sat across from them. Her mom wore dark jeans and her dad had a thin face. That's all she remembered of the last time she saw him. She was t ... More >>
Incumbent Democrat Rubén Díaz Jr. was re-elected borough president of the Bronx in a landslide. Díaz was not always running for re-election; he ditched his bid for public advocate and instead refocused his efforts on the borough presidency in November 2012. There weren't any races that were that ... More >>
"Bronx is leading city in private sector job growth," read a Daily News headline today. "B'klyn tops outer-boro jobs boom," read a New York Post headline today. Both statements are accurate. Job data is malleable and, as Democrats and Republicans show when new numbers are released each month, the ... More >>
There's a good chance this week will go down in New York City political history textbooks. And not for the best reasons. If you've watched the news (or Twitter) over the past three days, you've come across the Dan Holleran/Malcolm Smith story that involved bribing and mayoral rigging. Then, of cour ... More >>
And now for even more reasons to be skeptical about the alleged economic recovery: Unemployment is down, but a smaller share of Americans are in the labor force and many have just given up on trying to find work. The newest Bureau of Labor Statistics data came out this morning, and the April jobs n ... More >>
While Rubén Díaz Sr. lobs bombs against gay rights, son Rubén Jr. and lesbian granddaughter Erica run for cover
Though the rain caused the cancellation of the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade, it would not deter Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. from holding his "March for Morality" against gay marriage yesterday. Over the next several hours, the Bronx County Courthouse would provide the set for a very strang ... More >>
LazioRick Lazio is dropping out of the governor's race, he announced today. He'll also withdraw from the Conservative Party. This follows his significant loss to Carl Paladino in the primaries, and sets the stage for a battle royale between Andrew Cuomo and Paladino. To the pain!
Bronx County, better known as the Bronx: the Birthplace of Hip-Hop. The fourth-most populated borough. Home to the richest baseball franchise and the most recognizable of international sports brands, and also, one of the five poorest congressional districts in the country. But is it under-rec ... More >>
On the Sons of the Bronx, George and Mike
The Bronx contains the country's poorest congressional district, has the greatest share of families receiving food stamps of any county its size in the nation, and has both the city's highest share of low-wage workers and an unemployment rate well above the national average. According to U- ... More >>
On thin ice in Yankee Land
Since an emergency shelter dropped into a Bronx neighborhood without any local input in August, residents there beat the drum against the plan -- even stationing crowds outside of one of Mayor Bloomberg's campaign offices in the weeks leading up to the election. All the theatrics, the placard ... More >>
New York Times graphicBronx County, with a 13.3% unemployment rate, has joined Hidalgo County, TX as the US counties of their size with the greatest share of people receiving food stamps at 29%. Nationally, 1 in 8 adults and one in 4 children are using food stamps, according to data collected ... More >>
For Espada and Monserrate, the future is all used up
As soon as the tryptophan wears off, Assemblyman Carl Heastie -- the court-decided victor in the Bronx Democratic County chairmanship fray -- will get straight to business. "Once we come back on Monday I'm going to hit the ground running," he said, at his first press conference since the ruling, ... More >>
Now the court will have to sort out the mess of the Bronx Democratic Party leadership, since a Board of Elections ruling late yesterday afternoon left another question mark. Commissioners listened to arguments from the Bronx Democratic Party's "Rainbow Rebels" to invalidate Assemblyman Jose Rivera ... More >>
Commemorations of the attacks of September 11, 2001 are planned or have been held in all five boroughs. Mayor Bloomberg will hold a private remembrance tomorrow at Zuccotti Park at Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street, starting at 8:40 a.m. The victims' named will be read and four momen ... More >>
Think you've got it tough? Try being queer in the Bronx.
'Sometimes they don't open the windows and let the walls breathe'
Simply put, Fernando Ferrer's chances today live in the Bronxin the dusty-brown apartment high-rises and the neat middle class row houses of the borough that raised him from Fox Street to the doorstep of City Hall. At polling places off the borough's Third Avenue spine, reports at mid-morning ... More >>
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