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Unionized workers in the Bronx, represented by 32BJ SEIU, rallied at the Bronx Supreme Court against the potential renegotiation of their contract by the Bronx Realty Advisory Board. Threats of strikes emerged as the board considered reopening negotiations, prompting concerns about lowered standards and benefits. Elected officials, including Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, voiced support for the union, emphasizing the importance of fair contracts and the role of unions in protecting workers' rights. However, the realty board cited rising expenses and regulatory challenges, urging collaboration with property owners to address housing affordability concerns. more
David Pomeranz, the incoming chief executive of RiverSpring Living, brings decades of dedication and innovation to his new role. Having started as a wheelchair transporter at Hebrew Home at Riverdale in 1985, Pomeranz's journey is both a testament to his commitment and a love story intertwined with the institution. As he prepares to succeed Daniel Reingold after 35 years of leadership, Pomeranz aims for evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes, focusing on integrating technology and enhancing partnerships, notably with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His vision includes promoting joy and connection, especially vital after the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. more
The introduction of 180 electric school buses to New York City, alongside the development of a groundbreaking electric truck charging depot in the Bronx, marks a significant leap towards sustainable transportation. Mayor Eric Adams and U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat champion this initiative, emphasizing its impact on reducing emissions and creating green job opportunities. This effort aligns with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz's proposed legislation, aimed at achieving ambitious climate goals by transitioning public transportation to zero-emission vehicles. Funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supports these endeavors, reflecting a broader commitment to rebuilding infrastructure and addressing climate change on a national scale. more
The fire in a Marble Hill apartment last week that displaced 27 tenants while injuring 10 people was caused by a lithium-ion battery, according to investigators.  And that has some worried about when the dangerous batteries — used primarily in scooters and e-bikes — can be taken off the streets. more
A petition by recently ousted BronxNet board chair Paul Gentile has caught the eye of the Attorney General Letitia James. And if her charities bureau does decide to investigate, the move has support from some very powerful political backers, which has hung a dark cloud over the cable public service entity. more
If there’s anyone who might be an excellent candidate to run the Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corp., it’s Laura Levine-Pinedo. more
Whether it be at a park, a food shelter or a book club, volunteering consistently proves to be a great way for people of all ages to make friends, combat loneliness, and find extra meaning in their lives. more
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the RSS-Riverdale Senior Services center. Over the past five decades, the RSS has provided older adults with support and services that have helped them stay engaged in the community, as well as with friends and family. more
It’s a tale of two communities — but if the Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corp. has its way — it might just be one. more
For years, many who have lived — or just simply drove by — the Van Cortlandt Motel on Broadway have begged and pleaded for the city to do something about it. Whether it’s attracting more crime, or being used to house people who have nowhere else to go, the motel seemed to be an institution that was never going to go anywhere. more
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