The number of drug rehabilitation facilities in the South Bronx has long exceeded the neighborhood’s ability to absorb them, say Hunts Point residents who fear the opening of yet another one.
The city’s plan to make Longwood home for a new safe injection site for intravenous drug users is facing resistance from residents, who argue that the neighborhood is already awash in homeless shelters and social service programs, and can’t handle any more.
Jail reform advocates joined elected officials in front of a barbed wire fence that separates the Fulton Fish Market parking lot on Food Center Drive from the Vernon C. Bain Detention Center, to demand that the mayor close the jail otherwise known as “The Boat.”
City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. was named to chair the City Council’s influential Land Use Committee, where he will be responsible for working to shape zoning measures, development and affordable housing across the city.
Even though no Bronx Republican has won a seat on the New York City Council in two decades, the party’s candidates in the 8th and 17th Council districts are not giving up on tomorrow’s general election without a fight.
The South Bronx had the highest rate of drug overdoses in the city last year, according to a study by the health department. City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. is proposing a bill to require local schools to have the antidote on hand to administer if needed, but the mayor’s office is pushing back.
More than 400 people attended the Hunts Point Alliance for Children’s back to school fair, going home with backpacks for the kids and healthy recipes for the adults.