Bronx residents to benefit from new 2005 city budget

A hundred family members and close friends gathered Friday morning at Woodlawn Cemetery for a small private memorial to honor the one-year anniversary of salsa legend, Celia Cruz's death.

The Cuban-born singer known as the "Queen of Salsa" died on July 13, 2003 at age the 77. Thousands of Bronx residents attended her funeral last year, a testament for the love Bronxites had for her music.

Cruz's mausoleum will be open to the public Friday afternoon.

Bronx residents to benefit from new 2005 city budgetThe $47 billion budget was approved Thursday night(07/16/04) BRONX -The 2005 New York City budget was approved Thursday night.Both Bronx city council members and the Mayor consider the budget a good compromise over the 2004 city budget.

The $47 billion budget will include a $400 tax rebate for some Bronx homeowners, an extension of city library hours, more day care slots for Bronx children, and more money available to hire additional elementary school teachers. Additionally. Bronx college students will receive an extra $7 million in scholarships for tuition.

Critics say the budget only addresses minor fiscal problems and does not address greater issues that could lead to some lean years in the future. Critics also pointed out that there would be no tax breaks for middle class homeowners and a jobs program for city and Bronx youth was not funded. Firefighters, policemen, and teachers were also not satisfied with the new budget and will continue to work without a contract.

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