Sunday, January 18th, 2015
A Bronx community board fired its longtime district manager — nearly 1½ years after he was fined for using office resources for years to run the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Francisco Gonzalez said he deserved better than being ousted from the six-figure position he held for more than 20 years at Community Board 9, which serves a swath of the southeast Bronx that includes Soundview, Castle Hill and Parkchester.
“I have never violated the trust of the community,” Gonzalez said after the 17-2 closed-door vote sealing his fate. “I feel that this is a disgrace.”
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Mervin Moore is not a doctor. But he sees every shooting, stabbing and assault victim who comes through Jacobi Medical Center’s trauma ward in the Bronx.
“We deal with street violence,” Moore said. “It is a disease. And we are the cure.”
Moore works for Stand Up to Violence, an anti-violence program operated by Jacobi Medical Center. Launched in August, the program’s staff mentors victims of violence in Jacobi’s trauma ward. The goal is to prevent retaliation attacks by treating violence like a disease that spreads from perpetrator to victim.
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx.
And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.
His parents say his asthma has grown worse with the spread of dark mold across the bathroom ceiling caused by a leaky pipe in the family’s three-bedroom apartment at the Castle Hill Houses.
This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.
Friday, December 12th, 2014
It was early morning New Year’s Day in 1999, when Orlando Ferrand, a resident of Manhattan at the time, hopped on a subway train headed toward the Bronx. He was heavily intoxicated after a night of partying and had no reason to be headed there.
When he woke up, he was at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He had overdosed and nearly died.
“Somebody saved my life here in the Bronx, in Jacobi Hospital. I took that as a sign,” Ferrand said.