Helen Hines hopes to pull off an upset, as incumbent Rafael Salamanca’s only opponent in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary for the 17th City Council District seat.
“Every couple of weeks, there’s a different pressing issue,” says City Councilman Rafael Salamanca, 37, who will run in a Sept. 12 primary to protect his seat in the 17th City Council District.
In selecting Roberto Crespo to be its new chair, Community Board 2 has tabbed a lifelong resident who says he will play hardball with developers and city officials to ensure Hunts Point residents get a fair shake.
Over the past 15 years, the community service arm of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, CITGO, has been the principal—-and sometimes, the only—-funder for South Bronx grassroots groups Green Worker Cooperatives, and advocacy group Mothers on the Move.
Local advocates say that the plan is essentially a highway expansion, and ignores many of the community’s ideas for reviving the area shared in dozens of meetings with city planners and elected officials over the past decade.