Bronx News Roundup, July 1

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Happy July, all! Here's what's happening in the borough this first day of the month:

The BoogieDowner blog raised questions yesterday about senate candidate Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter's work history and wonders how she can continue to receive disability payments while campaigning full-time. The post includes a response from Pilgrim-Hunter's campaign. Pilgrim-Hunter is one of four candidates challenging incumbent Pedro Espada, Jr. in the race for 33rd Senate District seat. A robust and heated debate is developing in the comments section of their post.

The NYOFCo fertilizer plant in Hunts Point is finally leaving the neighborhood-much the delight of residents who've been plagued by the plant's foul-smelling odors for years.

A Bronx car theft ring was broken up by police and the Attorney General's office yesterday, with 17 people arrested on felony charges.

More troubles for the Arroyo clan: an aide to Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo has been accused of posing as a police officer and robbing a Bronx home in May (Arroyo's grandson, Richard Izquierdo Arroyo, was sentenced to a year in jail this week for embezzlement).

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez donated $250,000 to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center to construct the hospital's new children's outpatient center.

Two of the four pianos placed at various Bronx sites as part of the “Play Me, I'm Yours,” public art project were damaged this week.

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