Fate of Muller Center Goes Federal as Bronx Boro Prez and Mayor Lock Horns

In order to block the Bloomberg administration’s plan to turn the Muller Army Reserve Center into a homeless shelter, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. once again decided to boycott a scheduled meeting of the three member authority that controls the Muller Center’s fate. The Muller Redevelopment Authority (LRA) – made up of Diaz, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Tokumbo Shobowale, the chief of staff for Deputy Mayor Robert Steel and managed by the city’s quasi-governmental Economic Development Corporation – needs all three members to vote on a recommendation for the vacant army reserve center. So, no Diaz, no vote. This is the second time, Diaz has missed an authority meeting in protest. That means the Muller Center’s fate will fall back into the hands of the Department of Defense and the federal government.

BronxTalk: Music for the holidays… and the Vacca show…

? ? This Monday evening BronxTalk will present a special holiday show featuring the music of Jann Klose,a multi-cultural artist, who’s lived all over the world (Kenya, South Africa, Germany) and tours all over the world, but calls the Bronx his home. Beginning at 9:00pm, host Gary Axelbank will interview Klose and he will also perform original music, present music videos, and ring in the season with some holiday music. Here’s his web site: Jann Klose.

Walmart: Bronxites Love Us!



Contact: Steven Restivo, Walmart

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80 Percent of Bronx Residents Support Bringing Retailer to the City

NEW YORK, December 14, 2010 –New data shows that New Yorkers want Walmart and are shopping the brand more than ever. According to a citywide poll commissioned by Walmart and conducted by Douglas E. Schoen, LLC, 80percent of Bronx residents say they favor Walmart coming to the city. At the same time, Walmart’s sales data tracked that New Yorkers spent more than $165 million at stores outside the city during the last 12 months. “New Yorkers want Walmart and we want to make access to jobs and affordable groceries more convenient,” said Joe Venezia, Senior Vice President, Walmart U.S. “As we step up efforts to open stores here, we will continue to engage with the community to build even more support for what our brand can deliver.”

Key findings from the poll include:

Bronx News Roundup, Dec. 15

Every news outlet under the sun has coverage of Pedro Espada, Jr.’s indictment, as the now-former Senate Majority Leader and his son were charged yesterday with six counts of embezzlement and conspiracy. Here’s what we posted last night. Here’s the Times’ take, which reminds readers of how once upon a time, in 2006, Espada had accused his then-rival

Ten Questions for Cathie Black

How would the incoming schools chancellor—or you—score on a quiz covering the system she inherits, her predecessor’s reforms and the steep challenges awaiting her?