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Biaggi opens constituent office

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State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi has opened her constituent services office near Pelham Bay.

The office, located at 1250 Waters Place, Suite 1202 at the Hutchinson Metro Center, is the same Biaggi’s predecessor, former state Sen. Jeff Klein, used during his time in office.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with free parking available. Those who prefer to take the bus can jump off the Bx24 at Marconi Street.

Free shuttles also are available from Westchester Street, with access to the 6 train as well as the Bx4, Bx8, Bx40 and Bx42 buses.

 

Cohen joins council’s Progressive Caucus

Councilman Andrew Cohen is now a member of New York City Council’s Progressive Caucus, joining other Bronx representatives like Diana Ayala and Ritchie Torres in the 23-member group.

Cohen, according to a release, has been an advocate for immigrant rights and policies designed to ensure New York City remains a sanctuary city. He also fought to fund free legal services for any member of the immigrant community facing deportation.

Cohen also advocates for a more equitable bail system, evidence discovery reform in courts, and a safer pretrial detention approach.

“Since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, progressive democratic values have been under constant attack,” Cohen said, in a release. “It is up to New York City to lead the resistance and set the standards that other major municipalities can look to.”

 

Westchester activist wants change in Washington

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel seems to already have a challenger for next year.

Kenny Belvin of New Rochelle says he intends to run against the long-term congressman in the next Democratic primary, saying Washington needs a generational change.

Belvin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Oswego, according to his campaign website, and worked on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in 2016.

While in college, he wrote about hockey for the website Fansided, focused primarily on the New York Rangers.

He has since worked in North Carolina, primarily as a fundraiser for nonprofit organization, according to his bio. Belvin noted he also worked with the Democratic party there to help break the Republican supermajority.

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