Sunday, April 12th, 2015
For two days this winter, the school bus left without Anna Perez.
The elevators in her Bronx public housing development were out – again. Perez, 21, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was stranded in her 10th floor apartment, according to her mother, Haydee Perez.
“It’s stressful, especially when I can’t take her to school,” said Haydee Perez, 51. “She starts crying.”
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Tired waiting for repairs, frustrated tenants at one of the city’s biggest public housing developments filed suit charging conditions there are “a danger to their life, health or safety.”
Twenty tenants of Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx sued NYCHA, asking a judge to force repairs of moldy bathrooms, leaky pipes and broken elevators.
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.