Editor’s Note: The Norwood News has launched a new feature–The Bronx Beltway, covering stories you’ll hear about in the world of Bronx politics.  By DAVID CRUZ  State of the City The Bronx was mentioned by name five times during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech, where he outlined an unheard of $200 million capital improvement project intended to spruce up the still dormant South Bronx waterfront.

Primary Night Roundup

By David Cruz It will be business as usual in the November elections as the Bronx political landscape remained virtually unchanged following several hotly-contested races this year.

Bronx Primary Day – A Mid-Day Recap

By David Cruz It’s the calm before the big political storm tonight, as several races will be decided by voters in this year’s Primary in the borough. For now, accusations of polling impropriety, get-out-the-vote text messages and Primary victory parties are in order. The most action thus far has been in the race for the 33rd Senate District, a large central/northwest Bronx district, where Councilman Fernando Cabrera of the 14th District, the lead challenger against incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera, is accusing one poll site of voting misdeed. This came after Cabrera noticed his name was not on the enrollment list for


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Benjamin Franklin Reform Democrats Holds Off on Endorsement of Congressional Candidate

By David Cruz Election 2014 is still in the early stages, and with an unusual year in politics shaping in the Bronx, the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democrats held off on an early endorsement for candidates in the 13th Congressional District held by longtime incumbent, Congressman Charles Rangel. Members voted unanimously to postpone their endorsement during their Feb. 24 gathering shortly after Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, whose district falls within the political club, spoke in favor of delaying the vote.

Victor Pichardo Wins Controversial 86th AD Primary

By the slimmest of margins, Victor Pichardo emerged with a victory in the heated and congested special election for the 86th Assembly District, which includes University Heights and Morris Heights. Though the Board of Elections finally declared him the winner by 72 votes last week, Pichardo did not emerge unscathed and a lawsuit looms.

Ritchie Torres, the Freshest of New Faces in Bronx Politics

As midnight approached outside of Ritchie Torres’ campaign headquarters in Belmont, a half dozen political soldiers basked in the dim, orange light, happily drinking, smoking and trading war stories. After an exhaustive Democratic primary campaign in the Bronx’s 15th District that ended in success last Tuesday night, there was nothing left to do but relax and enjoy the moment.

Bronx Primary Day: Final Notes Before Results

Polls have closed and now it’s wait-and-see time throughout the five boroughs. There are several competitive races right here in the Bronx that are up for grabs tonight. Here are a few final notes from the campaign trail.

Bronx Primary Update: A Mid-Day Report

Liz Thompson gently escorted 79-year-old Jean Williams out of the PS 86 polling site in Kingsbridge Heights. Williams isn’t moving quite as well as she used to, but she “always” votes, Thompson said.