“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.
Bronx public housing residents, community organizations, labor unions and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall in February to demand adequate funding and oversight of the long neglected and dilapidated NYCHA buildings.
“Some of the artists have never had the opportunity to actually teach about their work or share their work with a larger audience,” said Blanka Amezkua.
Elected officials say they will protect New Yorkers’ interests if Donald Trump carries out threats to cut off funding to the Big Apple because of its status as a sanctuary city.