Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rivera likely to remain on ballot

A special referee appointed by the Bronx Supreme Court has issued a report on the petitioning challenge waged by state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. against his opponent for the 33rd District seat, Gustavo Rivera, according to Horacio Gutierrez, Mr. Rivera’s campaign strategist.

The report says Mr. Rivera collected well over the 1,000 signatures needed to keep him on the ballot, according to Mr. Gutierrez.

“He actually called Espada’s challenge ‘frivolous,’” Mr. Gutierrez said, adding, “He called Gustavo’s petitions ‘a model example.’”

Mr. Espada’s campaign could not be reached for comment.

A judge’s decision on the report is expected later today.

-- By Kate Pastor

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