Hundreds of workers with Verizon held a demonstration along the Grand Concourse at East Fordham Road on April 20. Nearly 40,000 workers walked off the job over a week ago after executives declined to negotiate a new contract with retail workers and technicians. Verizon execs also tried to implement a waiver in the new contracts that stated Verizon can change any stipulations in the contract at any time. For Faith Griffith, a three-year Verizon employee living in nearby Tracey Towers for the last five years, the strike signified her “last paycheck” from Verizon the week of April 18. Griffith, a single
By HAYLEY CAMACHO The northwest Bronx has seen quite a batch of news stories that have gripped, intrigued and caused quite a stir during 2014. The Norwood News tracked many of these stories this year, and in some cases, broken them. As part of a yearly tradition, we look back at some of the top stories of 2014.
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.
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
By David Cruz A Bronx judge has ruled Councilman Fernando Cabrera can remain in the race to unseat incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera, despite records showing some of Cabrera’s petition signatures were invalid. State judge John W. Carter ruled in favor for Cabrera on several technicalities that included the improper subpoena of one witness whose alleged improprieties were presented too late into the trial. “While the judge refused to consider a number of our objections on technical grounds, this much is certain: Fernando Cabrera’s campaign repeatedly forged signatures from voters who testified they never signed,” said Karthik Ganapathy, a Rivera
By DAVID CRUZ Higher political aspirations are brewing these days, as several Bronx incumbents jockey to unseat their fellow incumbents within the Bronx political sphere, a rare development in the Bronx. This season could also pit the rest of the delegation against one another when the time for endorsements comes. While ambitious legislators have yet to fully flesh out their political ambitions, several warning shots can be heard in the distance, signaling open season for election 2014.
With the Assembly dominated by Democrats and Speaker Sheldon Silver, all eyes are on the Senate, which is controlled by an unprecedented coalition of Republicans and four independent Democrats, led by Bronxite Jeff Klein, who is nowhere to be found.
In hopes of gaining a little understanding about what’s happening on the final days of the state legislature’s 2013 session, we took a field trip yesterday from the Bronx to Albany with our colleagues at the Riverdale Press. It was an enlightening experience, which we will flesh out in a piece for next week’s print edition. But for now, here are few news items and observations.
Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera, accompanied by special guest Congressman Charles Rangel, will be hosting an immigration information session this Saturday, June 8, 2013. The session will address any questions that local residents may have about immigration reform, immigration fraud, the pathway to citizenship, and the New York State DREAM Act. Senator Rivera encourages all members of the community that are currently navigating through the complicated and often confusing immigration process to attend the information session.