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Local leaders in Washington Heights blasted the developer behind the George Washington Bridge Bus Station renovation, charging it failed to hire local workers for the project, is not offering enough community space in the retail complex and is keeping locals in the dark about its plans.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents the area in which the station sits at West 178th Street and Broadway, ripped the George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture at a meeting of the Council’s transportation committee, saying it hasn’t followed through on promises to work with the neighborhood.
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.”
When the small group of community members was asked if they were happy with the way the government spends their money, the room was silent. Hands shot up moments later when residents were asked what changes they wanted to see in their communities.
On November 10, Councilman Mark Treyger wrapped up the last of three community assemblies as part of District 47’s progressive participatory budgeting [PB] initiative. Treyger has allocated $1 million of discretionary funds for residents’ ideas. District 47 – which includes Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Sea Gate and Coney Island – is among 24 of the city’s 50 districts to sign up for PB.