Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The campaign describes Citizens Union as an “independent, nonpartisan, civic organization of members who promote good government and advance political reform.”
A previous post said the event would take place at City Hall. The address was changed.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Mr. Diaz indicated he would likely be endorsing Mr. Rivera when he met the candidate for lunch recently. Mr. Dinowitz's Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club has also endorsed Mr. Rivera, but Mr. Dinowitz has been silent about his support until now.
Earlier this summer state party leaders asked Mr. Dinowitz as chair of the Bronx Democratic Committee, to hold hearings to oust Mr. Espada from the party. He never ruled out the option, but indicated it would be unlikely before the primary.
“It would have been unseemly at that point to publicly become a partisan in the primary," he said.
But now, with a few weeks to go until September 14th, he has made his choice known.
"The only thing that’s changed is the lapse of time. Meaning the issue hasn’t gone away but the importance of taking a position on this overrides that issue,” he said, adding, “Given that, I refuse to be muzzled ... I have a very strong opinion on that race.”
Mr. Diaz, who said he was willing to sit down with the other contender in the race against Pedro Espada Jr. — Dan Padernacht — never did.
The pair plan to endorse Mr. Rivera at 11 a.m. Monday, on the steps of City Hall.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller John Liu also endorsed Mr. Rivera today.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Um ... they're not allowed to endorse candidates for election.
When asked about the possible conflict, President Bishop Fernando Rodriguez, who had previously endorsed the candidate at The Church of the Mediator, said the endorsement was not intended to be from the organization.
“We’re gonna correct that,” he said.
He said about 3oo Bronx members of LACA, out of 523 members borough-wide, however, had endorsed Mr. Espada.
“I organized that through myself, not my nonprofit,” he said in response to an inquisitive reporter.
--By Kate Pastor
Bishop Dr. Fernando Rodriguez, president of the Latin/African American Chaplains Association, had previously endorsed Mr. Espada along with other clergy members in front of The Church of the Mediator in Kingsbridge.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The two female candidates, joined by Bill Samuels, also pledged to oppose any effort to keep incumbent Pedro Espada Jr. as majority leader if he is re-elected.
Mr. Samuels, an active candidate for Lieutenant Governor until recently, founded the New Roosevelt Initiative and has pledged at least $250,000 toward beating Mr. Espada in the coming election.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The ad, which portrays Gustavo Rivera, his main opponent in the race for the 33rd District seat, as a puppet for special interests, will begin airing this week, according to the blog.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The story goes on examine challenger Gustavo Rivera, or, in a quote by a young man from the district, “the one running against Espada.”
Borough President Scott Stringer, Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell and Council Members Margaret Chin, Daniel Dromm, Daniel Garodnick, Brad Lander, Jessica Lappin and Jumaane Williams.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Rev. Diego Delgado-Miller of The Church of the Mediator; Bishop Fernando Rodriguez, president of the Latin/African American Chaplains Association; Bishop Calixto Rodriguez of the New Jerusalem Church in White Plains; Rev. Raymond Rivera of Sanctuary Church in the Bronx and the Latino Pastoral Action Center; Daniel Valentine of the Sanctuary Church in the Bronx; and Carol Hamilton of Victory Thy Praise Evangelistic Ministries also spoke, offering their support to the incumbent.
Rev. Delgado-Miller, who recently offered his church for a town hall meeting that was canceled at the last minute, joined the clergy present in endorsing the candidate.
He said Mr. Espada has been there when he has sought help with parishioners in need, and that he is proud of Mr. Espada’s prominence as a Latino politician. Of allegations facing Mr. Espada, he said, “It doesn’t bother me.”
The poll shows Pedro Espada Jr. winning with Dan Padernacht in the race, and Mr. Rivera and Mr. Espada tying in a hypothetical head-to-head.
Judge Robert Seewald ruled Friday that Mr. Rivera’s campaign, which had its signatures challenged in Bronx Supreme Court by incumbent Pedro Espada Jr., had collected 2150 valid signatures — more than double the 1,000 needed to formalize his candidacy.
“In addition to the line-by-line contentions, the petitioner raised a number of other challenges to the Rivera designating petition. Chief among these arguments was the claim that the designating petition is permeated with fraud. The Referee found this contention to be totally without merit, and the Court adopts this finding,” Judge Seewald wrote.
In addition to Mr. Espada and Mr. Rivera, Dan Padernacht will also be on the ballot.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The PAC's pledge of support comes on the heels of a slew of powerful union endorsments this week.
Mr. Rivera is hoping to unseat incumbent Pedro Espada Jr. in the 33rd state Senate District race. As the chairman of the housing committee, Mr. Espada has made tenant issues a linchpin of his campaign.
Mr. Diaz, who has yet to endorse a candidate in the race for the 33rd District seat, met with candidate Gustavo Rivera for lunch last week.
Mr. Padernacht told The Press that he, too, would be meeting the beep for a bite. But Mr. Diaz said he planned to meet for coffee. Maybe tea.
What does it all mean? Your guess is as good as ours.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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
The commission also elected to allow sitting councilmembers up to three terms, regardless of whether voters decide to revert back to the two-year term limit that was in place before Mayor Michael Bloomberg persuaded the City Council to overturn the law two years ago.
Tony Cassino, one of the commissioners and founder of the Northwest Bronx Democratic Alliance, is a Riverdale resident who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Councilman Oliver Koppell in 2009.
Mr. Koppell, who was only able to run because of the extension, has long been an opponent of term limits and expressed strong opposition to the commission's amendment.
Mr. Espaillat made the announcement last night at a meet and greet hosted by Riverdalians Judy Sonnet and Joe Gordon in their apartment in The Whitehall Co-op.
In attendance was Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a representative from Councilman Oliver Koppell’s office, District Leaders Randi Martos and Bruce Feld, and Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club President Heidi Schwartz.
Rep. Eliot Engel, also a supporter, could not make it. However, members of the Ben Franklin Club, as well as the couple’s friends and neighbors totaling approximately 80 people, attended the event.
Mr. Diaz and Mr. Dinowitz offered words of support. Mr. Espaillat, who has been hitting the pavement in and around Riverdale, addressed the crowd.
-- By Kate Pastor
Monday, August 9, 2010
Gustavo Rivera, candidate for New York’s 33rd state Senate District, met Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for lunch at Land & Sea Restaurant in Kingsbridge today. Mr. Diaz seemed to be positioning himself for a possible endorsement of Mr. Rivera, but said he would be open to a similar meeting with Community Board 8’s Dan Padernacht, another Democratic contender, should Mr. Padernacht request one.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The letter, which is headlined "NOTICE OF LEGAL INFORMATION WARNING," has been received by people who signed petitions to get Rivera on the primary ballot to face off against state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. in the fall, Horacio Gutierrez, Rivera's campaign strategist said.
Those receiving the letters are asked if they signed a petition for Rivera, and if not, they are urged to call the Ballot Integrity Unit of the Concerned Citizens for Good Government. The number given to call is a cell phone number and a quick search of the Web shows no sign of the group.
At the bottom it says for the letters are being paid for by New Yorkers for Espada.
A spokesman for the Espada camp refused to comment on the letters.
If you know anything about the letters, if you've received one or if you know anything about the Concerned Citizens, please let us know.
Read their post for more details.
Gustavo Rivera’s campaign has sent the letter below to supporters today, saying that his opponent in the race for state Senate, Pedro Espada Jr., has been harassing people who signed petitions for Mr. Rivera.
Mr. Espada’s spokesman would not comment.
Dear Gustavo Rivera supporter:
Be aware that Pedro Espada's campaign is mailing letters using intimidating language to Gustavo Rivera supporters who signed petitions to put Gustavo on the ballot. The letters are titled "Notice of Legal Information Warning", signed using the ironic name "Concerned Citizens for Good Government" and warn that "there is reason to believe that your [petition] signature has been obtained against the law." In small letters, it is noted that the letters are "Paid for by New Yorkers for Espada".
Our office was notified about these letters following reports of individuals, described as large and "thuggish", going to the homes of petition signers to ask prying questions about their petition signatures for Gustavo Rivera.
If you have received a letter like this or been approached by strangers asking about your petition signature, please notify our office at 646-450-5429.
These actions are nothing short of harassment of thousands of Bronx voters who have loudly proclaimed that they are tired of the corruption and misrepresentation of Pedro Espada and are welcoming the positive and effective leadership of Gustavo Rivera.
Let Pedro Espada and his staff know that the good people of the Bronx will not be intimidated by cheap hoodlum tactics.
-- Horacio Gutierrez
Chief Campaign Strategist
He did not, however, answer a string of reporters’ questions about how he handled protesters in Albany yesterday, whether he was intimidating challenger Gustavo Rivera’s supporters and whether he would schedule another town-hall meeting in Kingsbridge.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
After resigning from JFK in June, he was hired as principal of Pleasantville High in Westchester County, where he was set to make $174,000 per year, according to an article in the New York Daily News.
When officials learned of Rotunno's scandal in the Bronx, they asked him to leave before his Aug. 1 start date. When he refused, the school board voted in favor of ousting him Monday night, according to the News.
You can learn more about what Rotunno did at JFK on our site:
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