Rivera Endorsed by Healthcare Groups

Candidate Gustavo Rivera at a press conference today, where he received the backing of three local healthcare groups.State Senate candidate Gustavo Rivera has a few more groups to add to his growing pile of endorsements.According to a press release, Rivera held a conference today to discus his own health agenda for the Bronx and where he announced the support of three major health care groups: the Committee of Interns and Residents, which represents resident physicians in the city, a healthcare workers union called 1199 SEIU, and the Nurses Association of New York. “We need leaders who will put health care first and never compromise our community for personal gain,” George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU, said in a statement. “Gustavo Rivera’s Healthcare for All agenda is exactly what we need keep the Bronx healthy and our community strong.”Rivera’s “Healthcare for All” agenda includes promises to fight health care cuts in Albany and increase wages for workers in the health care industry. You can read the rest of his statement here, at his campaign website.

Bedford Park Seniors Test New Voting Machines

A woman at the Bedford Park Multi Service Center feeds her test ballot into a new scanning machine, which the Board of Elections will use for the first time this year (Photo by Jeanmarie Evelly)Voters hitting the polls in state elections this fall won’t have any levers to pull this time. The State Board of Elections has traded in the old machines for a new voting system, debuting in New York on Sept. 14 during the Democratic primary. The Bedford Park Multi Service Center for Seniors hosted a demonstration this morning to teach seniors how to use the new machines. Voters are given new paper ballots to fill in by hand, using a pen and coloring in a bubble for the candidate of their choice, much like a high school standardized test.

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Bronx News Roundup, Aug. 24

This week, NY1 is taking readers and viewers back in time with a series called “Once Upon a Time in the Bronx.” Yesterday, the station had this piece about the history of Parkchester. Today, there’s this piece about Fashion Moda, a one-time gallery and performance space on Third Avenue. A woman wanted for a murder in Connecticut