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Joe Hirsch

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Joe Hirsch has been community editor of the nonprofit monthly Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express newspapers since 2008, reporting on topics ranging from culture and politics to crime and the environment in the South Bronx neighborhoods. Previously, Hirsch worked in Chile and Brazil as a criminal justice reform monitor, and on initiatives in the city and the US southwest to reform immigration, criminal justice, and court and elder care policies. Prior to that, he worked as a court interpreter and probation officer in northern New England. He is originally from Providence, RI.

Articles, Investigations and Blogs

As Campaign 2013's temperature rose, diners at Mott Haven's Camaguey restaurant and voters in Melrose had little interest in their lowest-level officials.

Mayoral frontrunners skipped a recent forum in the South Bronx neighborhood, where many residents are upset about the number of drug and mental health facilities in the area.

Guns trump other concerns among diners at the Camaguey restaurant. Some see more cops—and others more programs—as the answer.

We open an election-year series with a trip to a restaurant in the South Bronx, where gun violence and wage inequality are what people are talking about—and where there's little confidence that politicians are listening.