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Sep 29, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Police release photo of suspect in fatal Bronx stabbing

Police released a photo and description Monday of a possible suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Bronx teen that left three other people wounded.

NYPD officers are searching for a black male in his late teens or early 20s who goes by the name “Shaq.”

He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light blue do-rag, police said.

The suspect is believed to be carrying a knife, cops said.

He’s wanted in connection to the stabbing death of Justin Fallu, 14.

The teen was mortally wounded around 3 a.m. Sunday after a fight broke out at a birthday party on Barnes Ave. near Pelham Parkway.

He was taken by paramedics to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died, cops said.

Two 18-year-olds were stabbed in the chest and a 17-year-old cut on the left side of his torso in the melee, police said.

Those victims are still hospitalized but in stable condition.

Residents of the building where the chaos unfolded said the teens had been partying in an apartment and smoking marijuana in the stairwells all day.

Shortly before 3 a.m., the party spilled out into the lobby — and a fight ensued.

Justin, who lived at East 243rd St., was remembered with a makeshift memorial outside his house. It was covered in messages to the 14-year-old, and pictures of him with his dad and other family were spread across one of his favorite shirts.

Neighbors and a close family friend said Justin was a respectable boy who was trying to break up the fight that erupted, according to accounts relayed to them by people they say were at the party.

Nick West, best friend to Justin’s dad Evan Fallu, said the teen had been like a nephew to him.

“Unfortunately he got caught up with some friends, they went to a party and got caught up with some gang guys,” he said. “The kid was not a violent person. He was trying to help his friends and he got the short end of the stick.

“That man right there, his father, is going through it right now,” West said, point to the photo on the memorial.

Resident Dayna Davenport also said several people who were at the party saw Justin trying to prevent bloodshed.

“People who are trying to criminalize him, (saying) ‘They was drinking’ or ‘Why was he out that late?’ — He was a kid. Kids do rebellious things. And those people, they’re really sorry, tired, listless individuals,” she noted.

A police source said the teen attended P.S. 754, the J.M. Rapport School for Career Development.

None of the neighbors or family friends recognized the young man identified by police as a possible suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Sep 29, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Former Soundview synagogue is a historic site


A Soundview house of worship could be in for some historic repairs.

The Green Pasture Baptist Church, originally the Chevra Linas Hazedek Synagogue when it was built in 1932, has been recommended to be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Baptist congregation purchased the Romanesque Revival-style building at 1115 Ward Ave. in 1979 and church members decided to not to alter the Jewish symbols and motifs, preserving the links to the building’s earlier use.

“It’s really incredible how preserved the iconography is,” said Jonathan Taylor, who prepared the nominating report for the building.

The Bronx religious site is one of 22 statewide that have been recommended for preservation.

Inclusion in the registers can afford property owners with assistance in repairing buildings, enabling them to apply for grants and historic rehabilitation tax credits from Albany and Washingtion.

“Preserving these historic locations is an important way to honor and share New York’s legacy,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “These sites are an enduring example of our state’s proud and diverse heritage . . . ”

The original syangogue was built between 1928 and 1932 by a congregation from Harlem, after the IRT Pelham subway line made it more desirable for New Yorkers to migrate to the neighborhood.

The building’s subsequent use as a Baptist church shows the change that neighborhoods undergo from one generation to the next, Taylor’s report noted.

“These congregations tend to have a special appreciation for the worshipers that came before them,” said Ann Friedman of the nonprofit New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Once the building is officially designated as part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Landmarks Conservancy will help the current occupants apply for grants to repair leaks that have damaged the upper sanctuary.

“We surveyed over 30 former synagogues, now churches in the South Bronx,” Friedman added. “This was one of the most intact, retaining even the original Hebrew name of the congregation over the door.”

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Sep 29, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx group gets help in quest for open discovery

Lawmakers will stand with religious and labor leaders, and members of a Bronx grassroots group, to demand legislative changes that would prevent prosecutors from withholding evidence gathered against those accused of a crime.

The expansion of pre-trial sharing of information, called open file discovery, could help prevent wrongful convictions, and allow defendants to make informed decisions before accepting a plea deal, say proponents of the reform.

“We’re trying to reach out and raise awareness about this issue,” said Julio Pabón, a Discovery for Justice spokesman. “A lot of people just don’t know about it.”

Pabon will be joined by state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson and City Councilman Andy King on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse. The rally is slated for 11 a.m. Monday.

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Sep 28, 2014

BRONX NEWS: 1 teen dead, 3 others injured after stabbing at Bronx house party

A 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death and three other teens were wounded when a Bronx party erupted in blood-soaked violence early Sunday, police and witnesses said.

Justin Fallu and two 18-year-olds were stabbed in the chest and a 17-year-old was cut on the left side of his torso after an argument inside a Barnes Ave. apartment in the Pelham Parkway area turned fatal about 3 a.m., police and neighbors said.

Paramedics found one of the blood-covered victims a block away at Wallace Ave. and Pelham Parkway. Above his stab wound was a tattoo that read, “Never Fear Death.”

All four victims were taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where Justin died, cops said.

The boy’s neighbors were shocked by the news.

“I just saw him last night,” said Nyvia Galarza, 52. “He said, ‘I’m going to a party.’ He was a good kid, he didn’t deserve to go out like that.”

The other victims were listed in stable condition Sunday, police said.

Residents of the building where the chaos unfolded said the teens had been partying in an apartment and smoking marijuana in the stairwells all day. Shortly before 3 a.m., the party spilled out into the lobby.

“They were screaming at each other in the lobby,” said one woman, who did not want to be identified.

“Someone said, ‘Yeah? Well go ahead and do it.’ And the next thing you know, they came out and did it,” she said.

Another tenant said that he called the police after he felt the party had gotten out of control.

“I called the cops at 2 a.m., and they just said all they could do was ask to turn the music down. As soon as the cops left, they turned the music back up, and 20 minutes later, this (is) what happened,” he said, pointing at the bloody clothing in the middle of the street.

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Sep 28, 2014

BRONX NEWS: 1 hospitalized after Bronx building fire

A blaze in a Bronx building Saturday sent one person to the hospital, authorities said.

The fire broke out in the basement of the three-story building on Rhinelander Ave. at about 8:15 p.m., according to the New York Fire Department.

Firefighters on the scene had the blaze under control less than an hour later, at 8:57 p.m.

The victim, who was expected to survive, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in serious condition, fire officials said.

Arson is not suspected.

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Sep 28, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Man dies after being struck by 2 cars in the Bronx

A 26-year-old man died after he was struck by two cars as he ran across a Bronx parkway early Sunday, police said.

The man was hit first by a Honda minivan, which remained at the scene, and second by a black livery car, which sped away, as he sprinted across Pelham Parkway near White Plains Road around 1 a.m., authorities said.

The Honda driver, Louis Cabreia, 52, said he was driving in the left lane when the man appeared to leap out from the grassy median and fall in the roadway.

Cabreia struck the man with the front right side of his bumper, he said in Spanish, still visibly shaken from the incident.

The second vehicle then slammed into the man, who was knocked out of his red sneakers, and drove off without stopping, Cabreia said. Officials confirmed Cabreia’s account and let him go without any charges.

Emergency responders rushed the man to St. Barnabas Hospital, but he could not be saved.

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Sep 28, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Oliver’s new play: Hello, ‘Dolly House’

Jamaican funnyman Oliver Samuels is returning to New York as the star of the play “Dolly House,” a comedic stage work created around Caribbean-style notions of “politics, power, intimacy, class, mistrust and betrayal.”

Presented by EVERYBODY’S Magazine and Herman Hall Communications, the play will be staged on the Wingate High School campus in Brooklyn on Oct. 4 and at York College in Queens on Oct. 5.

Samuels — who plays the landlord of the “Dolly House” Jamaican tenement yard residence — will be the focus of special bash to celebrate his Oct. 4 birthday. The play also stars Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing.

Wingate Campus is at 600 Kingston Ave. between Winthrop St. and Rutland Road in Brooklyn. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. York College is 94-45 Guy Brewer Blvd., Queens. Show begins at 4 p.m. General admission tickets for each show is per person. To purchase tickets online or find ticket outlets, visit www.everybodys or call (718) 941-1879.


Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar — in town last week for United Nations proceedings and an important, high-level Trinidad & Tobago Investment Conference — took time to preside over a flag-raising ceremony in lower Manhattan commemorating the twin-island nation’s Republic Day.

In addition to the UN General Assembly meetings, Persad-Bissessar was slated to attend the Sept. 25 Council on Foreign Relations’ high-level Trinidad & Tobago Investment Conference, which also featured a group of top government officials touting the nation’s business opportunities.

The invitation-only flag-raising — presented by the Invest Caribbean Now! international business forum, the Bowling Green Association and the city Department of Parks and Recreation — took place in Bowling Green Park, near the famed Charging Bull statue. Persad-Bissessar took a moment to visit the bull, a very popular tourist attraction.

“As a private sector group, we teamed with Bowling Green Association to organize this event as a private sector group. We recommended it and delivered it,” said Felicia Persaud, founder and CEO of Invest Caribbean Now! and Hard Beat Communictions, who has created a total of four Caribbean flag-raising ceremonies with support from Bowling Green Association chair Arthur Piccolo.

“I have personally been involved in making three similar flag raisings happen – twice for Guyana, and St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Persaud. The Guyana flag-raisings marked the nation’s independence and the St. Kitts and Nevis Premier Vance Amory headed his nation’s event, which marked the birthday of Nevis-born, American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Persaud presented the prime minister with a certificate of appreciation at the ceremony for “making history at Bowling Green.” And ICN President Sheila Newtown-Moses looked forward to future partnerships between Invest Caribbean Now and the Trinidad and Tobago government.

The prime minister also celebrated Republic Day with T&T nationals at a town hall meeting at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Sept. 25.

For information on doing business in the Trinidad and Tobago, visit www.investt.


“Music of Caribbean” by Carnival Trio — Trinidad-born David Gaskin (steel drum and vocals), John Romagnoli (drums) and Peter Falbo (electric bass) — will kick off the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s new school assembly program on Oct. 7 in Queens at 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

The assembly programs — for students from kindergarten to 12th grade — are excellent for children cared for by stay-at-home parents and a great destination for school field trips. Individual shows are held at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

On Oct. 7, “Music of Caribbean” by Carnival Trio – Trinidad-born David Gaskin (steel drum and vocals), John Romagnoli (drums) and Peter Falbo (electric bass) – will kick off the program’s inaugural 2014-2015 season, which runs from October through December. The interactive “Music of Caribbean” program teaches students about Caribbean culture and the origin of the steel drum.

“Jamaica, and the Queens community at large, deserves to have quality arts education/ performance programs at our doorstep. Through JCAL, that need is now met and made into reality through our debut season” said JCAL education director Juan Carlos Salina.

Upcoming shows include Dance of Brazil on Oct. 28; “Theatre Sports: Improve Your Mind” by the Freestyle Repertory Theater on Nov. 18; and The Nutcracker on Dec. 10.

In 2015, sessions include dance exhibitions, audience participation and an interactive lecture by the Hip-hop Fundamentals group on Jan.27; the West African-inspired music, dance and vocal presentation “Feraba in Biashi the Journey on Feb. 26; “Cello Fury: Sonic Fusion demonstration/performance on March 12; interactive Helen Keller-based sing language event “Helen and Me” by Anne Pasquale on March 26; “Chariot of the Sun: Puppetry” session on Greek mythology on April 21; and “Midsummer Nights Dream” by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey on May 12.

For information, call (718) 658-7400, ext. 153. To purchase tickets online, visit


Diabetes is one of the leading health problems in the Caribbean and among Caribbean-Americans, it is a serious international concern. Trinidad-American singer/poet Sharon Ghanny and her Team Sugar Babies are determined to make a difference by participating in the American Diabetes Association’s New York “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” on Oct. 11 in Manhattan.

Sugar Babies’ sponsor, Guyanese-American Ralph Tamesh of the 29-year-old Indo-Caribbean Federation, has provided T-shirts for the walk.

Ghanny – a Hindi singer and self-published poet – and the Sugar Babies Jinnel Mohammed, Salisha Ghany (cq) and others are among the thousands of individuals and teams from organizations and businesses taking part in the big fundraising walk to battle diabetes, which is a national concern in the United States too.

“This year, I decided we would to represent the community of Richmond Hill, Queens in great stride,” said Ghanny. “As a community member, I encourage everyone who is interested in helping find a cure to come out and join us in the walk, raise funds and help increase awareness,” she said, adding that the Sugar Babies’ sponsor, Guyanese-American Ralph Tamesh of the 29-year-old Indo-Caribbean Federation, has provided T-shirts for the walk.

“I recently travelled to Trinidad and was surprised at the increase of dialysis centers that had popped up over the years like Starbucks. What does it tell us as a society? If we, the people, are educated correctly on the disease then we do not have to be in this situation” said Ghanny, citing diet and overindulging of certain traditional foods as one of the contributing factors to the disease.

“As a friend of mine, said ‘just because your grandma had diabetes or heart disease, doesn’t mean it’s heredity it’s what you eat that is the predictor of your health.’ It is true we are what we eat.”

To get information on the New York “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” and to register, visit


The U.S. Open is over, but there was some excellent news from the tennis world — young Haitian-American tennis player Victoria Duval announced that she’s “cancer free!!” after a bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Duval – as a 17-year-old she burst into the spotlight with a stunning first round win over a top-15-ranked, 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the 2013 U.S. Open.

In a Facebook post on Sept. 22, the 18-year-old posted, “So grateful to everyone for the love and prayers. You have all helped me so much with your support. The road to a full recovery awaits and it will be tough but I will face this next challenge with faith.”

Duval was diagnosed during the 2014 Wimbledon tournament. Before the diagnosis, she won three qualifying matches and defeated 29th-seeded Sorana Cîrstea in the first round. In July, she made listed among the world’s top 100 players at No. 92.


Meet “Brooklyn’s Best,” a new awards event “celebrating people and places that make Brooklyn great,” and its 2014 honorees – Haitian American, Community2Community organization founder and CEO Marie Yolaine Eusebe, artist Federeca Hartley and businessman Waleed Cope.

The affair will be held at Brooklyn Burger & Brew Co., 202 Ralph Ave. (between MacDonough and Decatur Sts.) on Oct 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The new quarterly event is being presented by the Brooklyn-based event marketing and media relations agency Urban ID Media.

Eusebe is the founder and CEO of the Community2Community organization, which is working to create more self-sufficient communities in the Caribbean nation.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilman Robert Cornegy are among the supporters of the inaugural event, being presented by the Brooklyn-based event marketing and media relations agency Urban ID Media.

Donation for the event is and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Safe Horizons

Do you know a Brooklynite who deserves to be recognized by Brooklyn’s Best Honors? Or would you like to suggest a restaurant, club or lounge to host our next affair? Send your suggestions by email to


Business owners urged to attend New York State’s Annual MWBE (Minority- And Women-Owned Business Enterprises) Forum, Oct. 1 and 2 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

“Growing the economy has been a top priority of this administration and a key part to improving our business climate lies in the success of the thousands of minority- and women- owned businesses across New York,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I encourage all eligible entrepreneurs to attend the fourth annual MWBE conference and learn what opportunities are available to them in the Empire State.”

The forum is the state’s largest annual business event for minority- and women-owned business enterprises. This year’s theme, “Build Your Business,” reflects the continued commitment of state officials to the success of MWBEs and small businesses throughout New York State, said state officials.

Designed to ease the process of doing business with the State, the forum serves as a “one-stop shop” and features contract and business expansion opportunities for MWBEs and small businesses.

For more information on the 2014 MWBE Forum, visit

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Sep 27, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx man arrested for attacking girlfriend before he allegedly killed her

A 26-year-old Bronx man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death had been arrested before for attacking her — and for shooting a cop with a BB gun, police said Friday.

Jeanpaul Rodriguez allegedly stabbed Tynasha Robinson in his Bronx River Houses apartment about 5:05 p.m. Thursday, the eve of the victim’s 22nd birthday birthday.

“She’s a sweetheart. Everybody loved her,” said Robinson’s pal Neya Wattson, 24. “If anybody had a problem, you just felt like you could always go to her. She would help anybody.”

Rodriguez lived in the apartment above Robinson’s, police said. They both had lived in the building their whole lives, and began dating about three years ago, according to neighbors.

“They would argue over the littlest things,” Wattson said. “[Rodriguez] would get ticked off over something very little.”

Tynasha Robinson (pictured) was allegedly stabbed to death by Rodriguez, who was arrested once for assaulting her.

Tynasha Robinson (pictured) was allegedly stabbed to death by Rodriguez, who was arrested once for assaulting her.


Rodriguez and Robinson in happier times.

Rodriguez and Robinson in happier times.


Jeanpaul Rodriguez is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Tynasha Robinson at the Bronx River Houses.

Rodriguez first got into trouble with the law in December 2007 when he was charged with shooting a cop in the head with a BB gun, police said.

He was then arrested for criminal mischief in January 2013 when he grabbed Robinson’s cell phone and again nine months later when he assaulted her, police sources said.

The depositions of all three cases were sealed.

Rodriguez was most recently arrested on June 25 when he threw Robinson’s cell phone on the floor, shattering it, then grabbed her by the arms and threw her out of his apartment, yelling, “Get the f— out!” court papers said.

He was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated harassment for the June incident. An order of protection was issued against Rodriguez.

But Rodriguez attacked Robinson again Thursday, this time killing her, officials said. She died at the scene.

Rodriguez barricaded himself in the apartment with a knife in each hand, but was eventually taken into custody without incident, police sources said. He was brought to Jacobi Medical Center for evaluation, cops said.

Rodriguez was awaiting arraignment on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon Friday.

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Sep 26, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx lawmaker on the ballot after recount


It’s a historic outcome — by less than a hair.

A freshman Bronx lawmaker appears poised to hold his seat in Albany after a hand recount gave him a two-vote lead over his Democratic primary challenger.

Assemblyman Victor Pichardo eked out a victory over his opponent Hector Ramirez by 1,888 to 1,886, according to multiple Board of Elections sources.

If the Board certifies the results as expected on Tuesday, it will be the first time in city history that an election night result will have been reversed by a hand recount.

“That, in and of itself, raises a lot of questions about the process,” charged Ramirez campaign manager Haile Rivera. “We have no problem losing an election, but only losing a fair election.”

The hand count was ordered after Ramirez was found to be clinging to an eight-vote lead on election night.

Each campaign accused the other of impropriety at the polls.

The incumbent Pichardo was cautiously optimistic after the recount.

“The voters of the 86th Assembly District deserve to have their representatives elected in a fair and honest process and I am confident that . . . my neighbors once again chose me to be their representative in the Assembly,” the Assemblyman said in a statement.

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Sep 26, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Man, 26, stabs girlfriend to death in Bronx: cops

A 21-year-old woman was stabbed to death Thursday by her boyfriend — who cops found barricaded in her Bronx apartment armed with a knife in each hand, police sources said.

Tynasha Robinson was fatally stabbed in the neck and torso in her sixth-floor Bronx River Houses apartment on E. 175th St. in Parkchester around 5 p.m., police said.

Robinson’s boyfriend, John Paul Rodriguez-Dumardjo, 26, was arrested after he barricaded himself in the apartment, grasping the two knives, according to police sources.

Neighbors said Robinson’s mother, who also lived in the apartment, was inconsolable and had to be carried out of the building by police officers.

“She kept screaming, ‘Why you have to do that to my only daughter?’ ” Jimmy Graham, 65, tearfully recalled. “It was a nightmare.”

Graham said Dumardjo tried to bolt when police walked him out of the building.

“They brought the guy out next. He was trying to get away. He tried to run past everyone. The crowd was ready to jump him. They were ready to knock him out.”

Graham said the couple’s relationship had long been tumultuous.

“Every night they’d be fighting, her and this guy. They’ve been fighting for years.”

Despite the arguments, Robinson still adored Dumardjo, said Corey Simms, 20. “She’d always talk about him. She loved him.”

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Sep 26, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx man robbed after Facebook date gets cut short: cops

This was not his night.

Just moments after a woman he met on Facebook cut their date short, a 22-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in his Bronx apartment earlier this month, police said Thursday.

The man thought he was going to enjoy an evening with a new female friend, but after only 25 minutes in his apartment in the Tremont section of the Bronx on Sept. 9, the woman said she had to split about 4:45 p.m., authorities said.

As the unlucky Romeo opened the door to escort her out, three thieves, one armed with a gun, pushed their way inside and forced him onto the floor, cops said.

The trio assaulted him, tied him up and stole his cash, cell phone, computer equipment and his shoes, officials said.

He refused medical attention at the scene.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspects. The woman was not in on the crime, cops said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Sep 26, 2014

BRONX NEWS: Bronx horse stable to become apartment building

The notorious cowboy of Pelham Parkway is being sent off into the sunset, and the controversial developer who landed the property is promising to replace the old paddock with something more stable.

The builder, Mark Stagg, plans to replace Buster Marengo’s sorry-looking shed at 1680 Pelham Parkway South with a six-story, 130-unit apartment complex on the dead-end street that has been the decades-long site of the horse grounds.

“We’re going to build a beautiful building,” Stagg told the Daily News Thursday. “The area is really a diamond in the rough, and we’re excited to develop it.”

Stagg will combine the lot with an adjacent 13,000-square-foot parcel he bought for .3 million in April.

“I saw a big demand,” Stagg said of the area. “And when I learned that someone else had bought the lot next door, I was intrigued.”

Construction will begin in February, Stagg said, adding he hopes to have the building open by January 2016.

The developer said 20% of the rental units will be set aside as “affordable” — which allows him to seek city tax breaks, a move that has riled Bronx leaders in the past.

Stagg accepted city tax abatements in 2011 and 2012, promising to build affordable housing in the north Bronx, before trying to turn those properties into homeless shelters, says one local leader.

“He was trying to feed himself twice at the public trough,” said Father Richard Gorman, chairman of Community Board 12.

“He has to be watched very carefully to make sure he doesn’t double dip like he did on me.”

Stagg dismissed charges, chalking them up to hearsay.

“That’s a rumor,” he said. “I’ve always done everything I said I was going to do.”

Stagg’s apartments will replace the 1962 stable that Marengo has been operating since 1996.

The city has been pursuing Marengo for years for back taxes, and the small lot was finally sold at auction in March for 1,000 to developer Louis Zazzarino.

Stagg bought the property from Zazzarino and took the deed to the former horse stables on Sept. 22, according to city records.

Marengo did not respond to telephone messages seeking comment.

The eccentric equestrian’s supporters are left mourning the final blow to the once bucolic, thriving stable, where neighbors once enjoyed rides along bridle paths that were scrapped more than a decade ago.

“The little house on Pelham Parkway, the last connection to the past, is no more,” said activist Egidio Sementelli.

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