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As the deadline to file draws near, a number of Bronx politicos are openly considering running for the state senate seat Alessandra Biaggi is vacating. Even some who already have jobs in Albany. Some like Kenny Burgos, who was just elected in 2020 to the Assembly. But he’s not quite ready to commit. more
When an incumbent decides to stay the incumbent, challengers are usually few and far in between. But when that incumbent decides to move on? It might be easier to compile a list of everyone who isn’t vying to replace them. more
Thanksgiving is a holiday known for its seemingly never-ending cornucopia of food. But for many families, the holiday is like any other day — very little to eat, if anything at all. more
It’s a name that might evoke serenity and relaxation. But Letchworth Village was anything but.

For decades, the massive complex was home to thousands diagnosed with physical or mental disabilities. Too many, in fact. Residents — especially children — were forced to live in filthy conditions, many times with no clothes to wear and nothing to do.

It was enough to create a national outcry so loud, an entire nation radically reformed disability services.

“I’ve visited penal institutions all over the country,” U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi said. “I’ve visited hospitals all over the country. I’ve visited the worst brigs in the military. I’ve never seen anything like” Letchworth.

How could he know, less than a half-century later, his granddaughter would experience something tragically similar. But it wasn’t Letchworth Village state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi toured last month — instead, it was Rikers Island. A place also hidden far away from inquiring eyes, this time on a one-square-mile plot of mostly landfill-created dirt in the middle of the East River. But not hidden far enough. more

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