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ARTICLES BY: Ese Olumhense

Ese is a reporter covering the Bronx for THE CITY. Before joining the team, she was a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and at The Investigative Fund. Originally from the Bronx, she is a graduate of The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  1. jails

    Correction Officers Are Top Donors to Unopposed Bronx DA Darcel Clark’s Campaign

    Union representing jail guards investigated and prosecuted by her office gave $22,000 to fund for an unchallenged reelection.

    jails

  2. airing differences

    Private Trash Carters on Road to Missing Emissions Upgrade Deadline

    Scores of trucks are behind on meeting 12-year-old federal diesel engine standards as the Jan. 1 deadline on a city-mandated upgrade approaches.

    airing differences

  3. money in politics

    Ritchie Torres Reaps Real Estate Cash in Bronx Congress Run

    The Council member leads the fundraising race, with the vast majority of his $878,000 in contributions coming from outside the borough, records show.

    money in politics

  4. burning questions

    Film Probes Causes, Legacy of South Bronx Fires

    While The Bronx is no longer burning, it’s simmering with political activity. A new documentary looks at the ongoing impact of the 1970s blazes.

    burning questions

  5. cold news

    Bronx Logs Most Heat and Hot Water Complaints of Any Borough

    With cold weather approaching, some tenants in the borough say they’re bracing for another chilly season of calls to 311.

    cold news

  6. health care

    In Hospital for Biopsy, Bronx Woman Left With Broken Jaw and $14K Medicare Bill

    Lorraine Evans has been fighting for four years over a procedure that went horribly wrong. She plans an appeal after a court dismissed her suit.

    health care

  7. welcome back bill!

    New Yorkers Give de Blasio His Marching Orders

    We spoke city residents with strong ideas on where the mayor should focus his energy, post-campaign. Here’s a sampling of responses.

    welcome back bill!

  8. doubling down

    Ex-Bronx Lawmaker Convicted of Taking Bribes Eyes Two Seats

    Disgraced pol Eric Stevenson, who has said he plans a Congress run, told THE CITY he’s also considering a bid to reclaim his old Assembly post.

    doubling down

  9. equality

    Shelter Settlement Spawns New Policies to Support Transgender Homeless

    A Commission on Human Rights complaint prompted the Department of Homeless Services to rethink how it deals with transgender people.

    equality

  10. daddy issues

    Ruben Diaz Jr.’s House Divided: Endorse Dad or Pal in Bronx Congress Race?

    The Bronx borough president punts on backing his father as buddy Marlene Cintron enters the packed contest to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano.

    daddy issues

  11. comeback bid

    Bronx Congressional Rivals Tell Mark-Viverito: Stay Home

    The ex-Council speaker, who lives in East Harlem, once served part of the South Bronx district she wants to represent. But she didn’t always want to.

    comeback bid

  12. comeback bid

    Melissa Mark-Viverito Runs for Congress, Touting Progressive Cred

    The ex-Council speaker tells THE CITY she’s ready to join a crowded field vying to replace retiring Bronx Rep. José Serrano at a “critical moment.”

    comeback bid

  13. making waves

    Radio Diaz: Bronx Pol Hired Alleged Pirate Broadcaster

    Council member and congress hopeful Ruben Diaz Sr. gave campaign cash to a disc jockey flagged by the FCC, election filings show.

    making waves

  14. making it count

    AOC Makes a Bronx Census Push Amid Fears of Lost House Seats

    More than a quarter of the residents in freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ district are non-citizens — the highest percentage in the state.

    making it count

  15. boxed out

    Fire-Ravaged Bronx Storage Center Leaves Renters in the Dark

    People with storage units at the now-abandoned Tuck-it-Away on Walton Avenue have been waiting for two years to learn what happened to their stuff.

    boxed out

  16. bronx science

    South Bronx-Born AI App Aims to Change Maternal Health Disparities

    The Radical Relay app arrives as a city report finds link between discrimination against the most vulnerable pregnant women and dire health outcomes.

    bronx science

  17. eyes in the skies

    New Dawn for Speed Cams Signals Turn Toward School and Street Safety

    Until Thursday, a restrictive state law left miles of dangerous East Tremont Avenue off limits to cameras designed to deter dangerous drivers.

    eyes in the skies

  18. department of correction

    Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jail Towers

    City Planning Commission will consider mayor’s case for Rikers Island replacements — amid objections from borough presidents and community boards.

    department of correction

  19. schools

    Fire, Rain and Union Tensions Test a Bronx Charter School

    Staff and families at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls say conditions deteriorate as the board holds onto a $10 million bank account.

    schools

  20. street fight

    Crosswalks Return to Busy Bronx Strip, Breaking Legal Standstill

    The Department of Transportation restored pedestrian stripes it had paved over in preparation for now-stalled reconfiguration of Morris Park Avenue.

    street fight

  21. street fight

    Missing Crosswalks on Busy Bronx Avenue Spur Safety Concerns

    A legal dispute over Department of Transportation plan to reconfigure Morris Park Avenue has left the busy road more dangerous than before, local say.

    street fight

  22. transient

    Asbestos and Costs Hikes Snag Bronx Housing Court Move

    The Grand Concourse hall of justice for landlords and tenants was supposed to complete a move to a larger space this year. Then came the bill.

    transient

  23. lawn shot

    Long-Neglected, Fenced-Off Bronx Park to Get Greener on the Other Side

    Parks Department officials shared design plans for a “new” $4.6 million park at the site of the sad Corporal Irwin Fischer Park in Highbridge.

    lawn shot

  24. can you dig it?

    Historians Fight to Slow Development at Bronx Revolutionary War Site

    A developer is planning to build homes on the site of a fort linked to George Washington. Historians say important artifacts may lie below.

    can you dig it?

  25. jails

    Local Boards Reject Rikers Replacement Jails, But Council Reps Hold the Key

    Local Council members wield the votes that count most. Some say they’re undecided, though behind-the-scenes signs point to an all-but done deal.

    jails

  26. the block

    Forward Thinking: Carmelo Anthony Eyes Bronx Site for New Athletic Facility

    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. met with former Knick Carmelo Anthony to talk about development plans for Port Morris, THE CITY has learned.

    the block

  27. bronx cheer

    Bronx Dissident Democrats Want to Ditch Ruben Diaz Sr.

    Statements demand the ouster of the Council member from his seat – and the party – over some of his latest controversial comments.

    bronx cheer

  28. disparity

    The Bronx Is Waiting: Police Dispatch Times Highest in the City

    IBO analysis of precinct dispatch times hit about 8 minutes in Highbridge and Wakefield — more than twice the citywide average, which is on the rise.

    disparity

  29. disorganized

    Councilmember and Community Clash Over South Bronx Future

    Activists claim local leaders pressured housing group Banana Kelly to punish protestors of plans to overhaul the Southern Boulevard area.

    disorganized

  30. confidential

    Challenge to NYPD Use of Sealed Arrest Records Can Proceed, Judge Rules

    The NYPD has been using sealed arrest records in its investigations – flouting state law, a class-action lawsuit alleges.

    confidential

  31. drug war

    No Problem Here: Pols Shun Drug Center in Bronx Opioid OD Hotspot

    Officials try to block planned upscale facility in Kingsbridge, despite local overdose fatality rate. Meanwhile, the operators won’t accept Medicaid.

    drug war

  32. changing times

    Pleas for Relief: Urgent Need for Diaper Stations in Bronx County Building

    Despite its size and the scope of services it provides — and new laws at every level — the building does not have any public diaper-changing stations.

    changing times

  33. surveillance

    Bronx Prosecutors Want to Keep an Eye on You

    The Bronx DA is creating a database of private security camera locations to help ID suspected criminals. Civil liberties advocates are concerned.

    surveillance

  34. barred

    Locked Out: Jails Critics Say They’ve Been Nixed From Post-Rikers Talks

    The city set up advisory committees and vowed transparency. But opponents say there were kept out of invitation-only sessions on life after Rikers.

    barred

  35. vox pop

    Vox Pop: What Can THE CITY Do for You?

    Our reporters scoured the five boroughs — and got our marching orders from dozens of New Yorkers.

    vox pop

  36. justice

    20 Years After Police Killing of Amadou Diallo, What’s Changed?

    The Feb. 4, 1999, Bronx shooting of the unarmed African immigrant sparked demands for reform. But has there been progress over the past two decades?

    justice

  37. justice

    At Bronx Housing Court, Justice is in the Halls

    The squeeze play is on in The Bronx, where housing court cases at the overflowing building are adjudicated in the elevator banks.

    justice