Does the Bronx matter?
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By Adam Wisnieski
“It was a Bronx question, would that go to the Bronx as well?” Mr. Lewis said.
“When I say Uptown I mean every last part of it,” Mr. Williams said.
When Craig Schley took a stab it, he didn’t mention the Bronx at all, but talked about what he described as Mr. Rangel’s failures on affordable housing issues.
Mr. Rangel admitted he was not happy to see the Bronx redrawn into his district, but followed up with a ‘I have friends that are Bronxites’ kind of gesture.
“Since I went up [to the Bronx], it is one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me. I cannot distinguish in walking up and down the streets from being in the 15th Congressional District. I got my family up there. I’ve got friends and relatives up there,” he said.
“Geography does not matter. All of the conditions that affect the Bronx, much of Manhattan, much of New York City are all the same,” Joyce Johnson said, referring specifically to education.
Grimaldi takes on Engel
Aniello Grimaldi, a former Bronx assistant district attorney and Interfaith minister is challenging Rep. Eliot Engel in the congressional primary on Tuesday, June 26.
Mr. Engel has been a member of the House since 1989 and is considered a shoe-in for another term.
Congressional District 16 was redrawn to include southern Westchester and the northern Bronx, including Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil and a slice of Kingsbridge (just Irwin Avenue and residents who live on the west side of Tibbett Avenue). The areas of Rockland County were not included in this district.
Mr. Grimaldi, a lifelong Bronxite, does not live in the district he wishes to represent, but congressmen only need to be residents of New York State when elected, not residents of their districts as is the case for state legislators.
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