Confusion reigns as legislature, courts battle on redistricting

By MIAWLING LAM Redistricting maps for the state Senate, Assembly and congressional districts continue to be unresolved, with the latest plans out of Albany remaining a moving target. Legislators released revised boundaries for Senate and Assembly seats in a 253-page document late last Sunday but failed to heed calls to include significant changes. Under the [...]

Few accidents logged at disputed school crossing

    By MIAWLING LAM The NYPD has logged just two dozen accidents outside two of Riverdale’s public schools since 2007, new statistics show. Official crash data prepared exclusively for the Riverdale Review reveals police have recorded only 25 accidents along the six-block stretch of Independence Avenue between West 232nd and West 238th streets in [...]

Bronx Irish Heritage Celebration

Indian Point vital to NYC’s livelihood and growth: Giuliani

By MIAWLING LAM Closing Indian Point would be catastrophic for New York City and result in more brownouts, blackouts and higher utility bills, according to former mayor Rudy Giuliani. The one-time presidential candidate weighed in on the controversial topic during his keynote address at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Irish Heritage luncheon last Wednesday. Speaking [...]

Education News

P.S. 81 “P.S. 81 Presents A Bronx Tale” is in the works—more than 100 students are already involved in preparing for the June 9 performance. The revue, produced by parent coordinator Nina Velazquez, will feature music that has some kind of Bronx connection. Songs made famous by Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Dion and the Belmonts, [...]

Merchants hail new recycling program a success

By MIAWLING LAM Locals have embraced the expansion of a popular city-run recycling program. North Riverdale Merchants Association president Gary Wartels said residents and businesses have responded enthusiastically to the Public Space Recycling initiative. Under the program, run by the city’s Department of Sanitation, cerulean blue and emerald green baskets are placed in strategic locations [...]

Charter school on track to fill seats

By MIAWLING LAM The Tech International Charter School, a new middle school slated to open in Kingsbridge this September, appears to be on track to fill each of its 132 sixth-grade seats. Officials touted the community’s strong support of the school during last Tuesday’s board meeting and said interest in TI remains strong. TI co-founder [...]

Hebrew Home offers new light for low-vision residents

By PAULETTE SCHNEIDER Thanks to a gift from philanthropist Sonia Jaye, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has become the first nursing home in the nation to include a special unit for low-vision residents. “When Sonia came to the Hebrew Home, she had a vision about vision. And her vision was to create a place unlike [...]

Merchant evades $18,000 water bill with help of local pol

By ALLISON SUMMERS Councilman G. Oliver Koppell’s office saved a Riverdale business owner $18,000 in water bills last week after a staffer recognized the billing period in question coincided with a major water main break. Back in June 2009, Tremont Paint Store owner Mark Lipton began receiving a series of bills for an extraordinarily high [...]

Mayor proposes to slash $43 million from NYPL

By MIAWLING LAM Fewer library books could be purchased and staff hours could be slashed if austerity measures outlined in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s preliminary budget proceed as planned. Under the draft budget released earlier this month, city funds for the New York Public Library could be cut by nearly $43 million in fiscal year 2013. [...]

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