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NYPD Response to June Bronx Protest Violated Human Rights Law, Watchdog Charges

Cops filmed boxing in and beating hundreds of demonstrators during a Bronx protest of police violence committed violations of international human rights laws, a new report charges. The nearly 100-page report by Human Rights Watch includes the accounts of more than 80 people, among them medics and legal observers, who attended the June 4 protest […]

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‘Staff Error’ Led to Padlock on Bronx Home to Contested Columbus Statue, Says Parks Dept.

The city Department of Parks and Recreation says that “staff error” led to the repeated padlocking of a green space in the Little Italy section of The Bronx where petition-signers are demanding the city remove a statue of Christopher Columbus.  That statue has been assigned a police guard, the Norwood News reported earlier this month, […]

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Bronx Councilmember Cohen to Leave for Judgeship, Kicking Off Special Election Race

Bronx Councilmember Andrew Cohen was nominated for a judgeship this week by the borough’s Democratic machine — setting off a special-election scramble among five candidates eager to replace him. Among the hopefuls is a longtime local politician’s son. But with the pandemic-driven disarray, a new ranked-choice voting system in play for the March contest and […]

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Looking for Relief as Summer Heat Wave Hits Black and Brown Neighborhoods Hardest

On uncomfortably hot summer days in the past, 76-year-old James Grant would leave his apartment at the Cassidy-Lafayette Houses in Staten Island to cool off at the Cassidy Coles Senior Center. The center has been closed this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nearest cooling center is at Curtis High School, roughly a mile […]

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Two Years After AOC Shook Up Bronx and Queens Politics, Voters Still Appear Hungry for Change

Early returns from Tuesday’s primary elections suggest longtime Demcratic Party politicians in Queens and The Bronx could be ousted by relative newcomers in boroughs where the establishment’s power was not long ago all but assured. Just one result is certain in a sea of uncertainty: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who launched a new era for Queens […]