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Does the Bronx matter?



Five Manhattanites are vying to represent the newly drawn Congressional District 13, about one-quarter of which falls within the Bronx. The borough is home to about 19 percent of registered Democrats who could weigh-in on the race. 

Still, much of the focus has been on Manhattan. 

Last weekend, The New York Times brought that reality home to the doorsteps of its 4,784,000 subscribers, with its endorsement of Clyde Williams. 

The Times editorial page said the district included “parts of the South Bronx.” 

Then, the New York Post’s endorsement of state Sen. Adriano Espaillat on Sunday mislabeled the district he is running in as District 15 and said it covered upper Manhattan, with no mention of the northern borough. 

Congressional District 13 includes the Northwest Bronx neighborhoods of Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood Bedford Park and University Heights. It also includes Marble Hill, (technically Manhattan) which also was not mentioned by The New York Times.

Knowledge of the mainland has varied among candidates for the seat. 

We ran into Mr. Espaillat  — who already represents nearby neighborhoods as a state senator — campaigning in the Bronx last week near his newly-opened campaign office on Kingsbridge Road.

He has said openly that he thinks Bronx voters will carry him to victory.

Just after 5 p.m., Mr. Espaillat and his staffers handed literature to people coming off the No. 4 train at the corner of Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue. Most walked by.

But a few minutes later, former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer arrived and as people recognized the former borough president and walked up to get a picture (sometimes a kiss), Mr. Ferrer directed them Mr. Espaillat’s way: “Say hello to your next Congressman, Adriano Espaillat,” he said.

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Does the Bronx Matter yes but only if you are living in an area where the majority of the people are Hispanics?

I have lived in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx (actually between Bailey Avenue and Albany Crescent) and I have to tell you that not only do we not count as part of the Bronx we don’t even count as part of the Kingsbridge Business Development Group. Can tell you now that when it comes to politicians they never come to even ask for our votes? For the three terms that Bloomberg has been in office he has never once came near this section of the Bronx. Does this surprise anyone who lives here? Hell no. You must remember that we do not enough of those who are known as Hispanics. Think about it who represents the Bronx, Fernando Ferrerr, Robert Ramirez Adirano Espaillat, Gustavo Rivera, and Adolfo Carrion are all only interested in their people (and Fererr has said so on many occasions). You see this area of Kingsbridge is made up of majority of white and blacks who are lower and middle middle class so we don’t count.

I personally think that we should send all of these non English speaking people back to where it is they think they come from. Although to the best of my knowledge they have made it clear they do not know what country they come from since they are so mixed up. But still lets send them away.

Friday, June 22, 2012