Bronx News Weekend Roundup, June 27

Weather: Mostly sunny and in the 80s today.Quick Hits: The Times’ David Gonzalez, himself a graduate of St. Martin of Tours School in Crotona, offers this poignant piece on the school’s closing and emotional last day of classes, which was last Wednesday. The 86-year-old parochial school is one of 26 closed this year by the Archdiocese of New York because of budget cuts and low enrollment.NY1 catches up with Reverend Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the Bronx Baptist preacher now working as the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom.A Bronx mother of four was struck by a car and killed on Saturday night while crossing a street in Queens.

Gay Marriage Becomes Law – Diazes React Very Differently

With the historic passage of gay marriage Friday night in the state Senate and Gov. Cuomo signing the legislation immediately, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and his father, State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., the only Democrat to vote against the bill, had very different reactions. “God, not Albany, has settled the definition of marriage a long time ago,” Diaz Sr. said on the Senate floor.In sharp contrast, the borough president, who did not publicly support same-sex marriage, said he looked forward to the wedding of his lesbian niece, Erica Diaz, who made headlines when she crashed her grandfather’s anti-gay marriage rally on the courthouse steps and then took him on in a NY Post op-ed, and his chief of staff Paul Del Duca. He added: “Now that the debate on marriage equality has been resolved, it is time for us to come together and move forward in a positive manner with respect for our fellow Bronxites and all New Yorkers, irrespective of our differences, backgrounds and religious beliefs. We must both celebrate and build upon our diversity for a better and brighter future for all of our hard working families. I also wish to complement Governor Andrew Cuomo for working sincerely and diligently to ensure that the appropriate balance of protections are ensured within the bill.