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Coffee drinkers hope for last-minute reprieve to save Buunni

The temperature was a chilly 32 degrees outside of Buunni Coffee, but there was nowhere else Sarina Prabasi wanted to be at that moment. When the doors finally opened in 2018 at 3702 Riverdale Ave., after months of delay, this location marked the official expansion of an idea to bring hot Ethiopian coffee to the city, which Prabasi started with husband Elias Gurmu in Washington Heights.

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Haller now out-raising Dinowitz in council race, Lora starts strong

As the March 23 special election race heats up for the city council seat once held by Andrew Cohen, environmental activist Jessica Haller is an early winner among the five candidates in the race — at least when it comes to fundraising.

Off-campus students aren’t quite ‘good neighbors'

‘Twas a few nights after Christmas and all through the house, a party lasted for hours, awakening even the smallest mouse. That was the case one evening in The Majestic. The building at 3660 Waldo Ave., is popular with Manhattan College students wanting to live off campus. And according to some of their immediate neighbors inside the building, some student apartments are infamous for causing a racket at all hours of the night.

City council candidates get some respite from COVID

Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally heeded calls to lower the petition signature threshold allowing city council candidates to qualify for special election ballot access — well sort of.

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Cuomo reduces petition signatures, but is it enough?

Petitioning to get on the ballot for the March 23 city council special election is well under way, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stepped in to reduce some of that burden in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Just not by a lot.

And they’re off ... kinda

Petitioning during COVID forces two out of race

The field for the special election to replace Andrew Cohen on the city council narrowed Tuesday as Abigail Martin and Marcos Sierra both dropped out of the race. But it doesn’t mean they don’t still have hopes of becoming a member of the city council. Both said they’re going to wait to run in the June primary for the seat, and leave the March 23 special election to fill Cohen’s last year of his term to someone else.

Bowman ready to make progressive waves on Hill

It might not be the kind of news House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to hear, but The Squad — an unofficial group of progressive members of Congress led by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — expanded a bit this election cycle with a few new members, including the newly sworn in U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL ELECTION

Candidates band together versus Ben Franklin Club

Just a few weeks ago, all seven candidates looking to replace Andrew Cohen on the city council visited with members of the Ben Franklin Club — virtually — in the hopes to get that endorsement. But as of Monday, only one is left seeking it — the one many felt was going to get it anyway, thanks to his strong family connections.

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BronxNet, Press hosting February city council debate

Now that Mayor Bill de Blasio has made the special election to replace Andrew Cohen on the council official, two Bronx-based media outlets are creating a forum allowing the five candidates a chance to debate.

Carlton Berkley wants to give a voice to the voiceless

In a time when racial justice protests have taken hold of the country, Carlton Berkley says it’s already been his life’s work. A former New York Police Department detective and a criminal justice advocate, “Chucky” — as many call him — jumped into a crowded special election race late last year, hoping to replace Andrew Cohen on the city council.

Covering for a community when the big chair’s empty

What happens when a city council district doesn’t have a city council member? That’s the question some were asking even before Andrew Cohen stepped down from his city council seat Dec. 31 to become a Bronx Supreme Court judge. His departure leaves the greater Riverdale and Kingsbridge area, as well as Norwood and Wakefield without representation until after a March 23 special election.

David Moore: A businessman on a mission for humanity

Those who have heard of David Moore probably know him from his professional endeavors. For instance, he’s the chair and chief executive of Moore Holdings. But there’s something else that some might find just as commendable, even though it may not catch as much attention: David Moore is on a mission for humanity.

POLICE BEAT

Robbing one store just wasn’t enough

A hungry burglar decided he needed a little more than breaking into one Broadway store just before Christmas. He decided to break into two.

POLITICAL ARENA

Dinowitz is Ben Franklin Club choice

As expected, Eric Dinowitz has earned the endorsement of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, picking up 117 of a possible 143 votes.

PRESS POINTS

Developers getting busy in the nabe

The new year is still quite young, but yet real estate developers have been super-busy — especially in this part of the Bronx.

SCHOOL DESK

Alma mater condemns Giuliani

In the eleventh hour of the Trump presidency, many higher education institutions are rescinding honorary degrees or taking other actions against the president and his inner circle — especially in the wake of the pro-Trump riot that stormed the Capitol building Jan. 6.

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