Bronx Mourns Death of 46th Precinct Police Officer Miosotis Familia

Police have still cordoned off three square blocks, from 183rd to 182nd streets and Grand Concourse down to Jerome Avenue, following the fatal shooting of an on duty police officer. Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, of the 46th Precinct, was shot in the head early morning hours of July 5 on East 183rd Street and Morris Avenue in Fordham Heights. Familia sat in a marked command truck with her partner when Alexander Bonds approached the vehicle and fired a bullet from his revolver into the window. Police later apprehended Bonds a block from the scene, killing him after he drew his


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Reconstruction to Begin on Step Street in Kingsbridge

  A so-called step street in Kingsbridge is set to undergo a $6.6 million reconstruction following years of complaints. The multi-agency operation between the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), and local officials united to “make the necessary upgrades that will allow this step street to flourish, and create a safer, more efficient passageway for the community,” according to DOT’s Bronx Borough Commissioner Nivardo Lopez. The 230-foot long step street, comprised of ten flights of concrete steps, connects Heath Avenue and Kingsbridge Terrace. It will be given a complete


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Cinco de Mayo Place Unveiled on Cinco de Mayo

COUNCILMAN FERNANDO CABRERA celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a street renaming fittingly named after the Mexican holiday. Cinco de Mayo Place (May Fifth Place) can be found at the corner of Jerome Avenue and East 193rd Street in Kingsbridge. Cabrera sponsored the bill that saw the street renaming become law. He joins in celebrating the occasion with members of the Mexican Coalition that include (l-r) President of Migrant Affairs Committee Estado Puebla Mexico Maritz Marin, an unidentified woman, Consul General of Mexico ambassador Diego Gomez, secretary of Migrant Affairs for Estado Puebla Mexico Ernesto Leyva, President of the Mexican Coalition


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Inquiring Photographer: $85 Billion New York City Budget

This week we asked readers their thoughts on what should be included in the proposed $85 billion New York City budget. I think it’s very important for the de Blasio Administration to fund transportation, education, health issues and children’s health and education, and to fund local colleges. There isn’t enough money being spent on higher education and money should also be allocated for senior citizens. Grace Chanke Norwood   This money should go to people in need, like people on public assistance because they really need it to help pay their rent and buy food. They should spend some of


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Inquiring Photographer: Where do you holiday shop?

This week we asked readers where they would be buying their holiday gifts this season. Honestly, I’m doing all of my shopping online with minor shopping in the stores because the stores are crazy right now. So most things I will get online. I will go to Bay Plaza, Fordham or Parkchester. There’s a lot of good deals, also on 125th Street there are some good deals. Diana Sawaked Van Nest   I definitely have my Christmas list and I’m going to shop here in the Bronx to support our merchants and vendors. So most of my shopping will be


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Kingsbridge Step Street to Get $7M Facelift

Call it a step in the right direction. Funds have been earmarked to fix an elongated staircase in Kingsbridge. The $7 million bid to fix the so-called step street at 229th Street between Heath and Summit avenues. Residents have long complained about the treacherous step street, which remained in use despite barricades by the city Department of Transportation. Long Island-based construction firm Padilla Construction Services Inc. won the bid to restore the concrete steps.

PB’s Not to Blame; NYC’s Capital Process Needs Reform

Participatory Budgeting introduces the public to the City budget process and gives them a direct say in how millions of tax dollars are spent in our communities every year.  This grassroots, people-powered initiative not only increases civic engagement, it connects individuals to their neighbors and encourages them to learn how local government plays an important role in our daily lives. Yes, Participatory Budgeting has its flaws.  It is labor intensive for Council Members’ staff; volunteers don’t necessarily have the time necessary to devote; and it is challenging for community members to learn the complexity of the City budget.  However, Participatory


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Inquiring Photographer: Delay of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center

This week we asked readers their thoughts on the delay of redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory into an ice skating center, and if they think the project will ever be completed.  I think an ice skating rink should be built there; it would be fun. There’s not many over here. Most of them are far away, like Manhattan. I honestly think they want to build something else there, they don’t want to build a skating rink. I heard some saying it was a waste of money, that once they build it, no one would go. Jahira Davis Yonkers   I


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With New 52nd Precinct Commanding Officer, a Change of the Guard

  On his third day as the newest commanding officer of the 52nd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo emphasized the relationship between community and police can only strengthen and “better the community.” “It’ll also probably make the officers’ work a little bit easier and more efficient,” said Fiorillo, addressing residents at the latest 52nd Precinct Community Council meeting, a public forum where residents voice crime-related concerns with the precinct’s top officers. At the meeting, Fiorillo got a taste of everyday issues happening in the Five-Two, a stationhouse covering Norwood, Bedford Park, Kingsbridge, University Heights and parts of Fordham. Crime has


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