Assemblyman José Rivera said he did not mean to offend anyone with a bizarre video that appears to show the Bronx lawmaker discussing the sexual benefits of “mamajuana” and ogling young women in the Dominican Republic.
“Assemblyman Jose Rivera did not mean to offend anyone, if anyone was offended by the video,” his chief of staff, Jasmin Clavasquin, told Politicker this morning.
ALBANY—Here’s an very friendly Jose Rivera with the man who deposed him as chairman of the Bronx Democratic County Organizatino, Carl Heastie.
The two ran into each other in the concourse of at the capitol, and parted ways in high spirits. I happened to be walking by at the same time and photographed Read More
Fernando Cabrera, who is challenging City Councilwoman Maria Baez, got the endorsement of the New York Hotel Workers Union and Unite Here.
“With Fernando Cabrera, working class people in the 14th district will finally have representation in the City Council,” the hotel workers union president, Peter Ward, said in a public statement. Read More
The Assembly just passed Sheldon Silver’s bill to extend mayoral control of public schools in New York City.
Eighteen members voted no. They were:
Alan Maisel, Hakeem Jeffries, William Colton, Jim Brennan, Peter Abbate, Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, all of Brooklyn; Jeff Aubry and Mark Weprin–who is running for City Council–both from Queens; Read More
Ongoing fluidity notwithstanding, it seems safe to assume that once their heads stop spinning, the state (and maybe national) Democrats will make it a serious priority to make both Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate into former elected officials.
The senators, who cost the Democrats support of the State Senate by crossing Read More
Well-funded City Council challenger Radame Perez has withdrawn from his bid to unseat Joel Rivera of the Bronx, and the head of the Democratic Party in the borough said the organization is not looking for another candidate.
Bronx Democratic County Leader Carl Heastie said in Read More
Here’s Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz sending a warning to City Councilwoman Maria Baez.
Speaking at a dinner in Riverdale last night, Dinowitz said electing Carl Heastie as the new Bronx Democratic leader was just the beginning of changes to come.
“With his leadership, I know there are going to be many Read More
This weekend the Bronx County Democratic Party endorsed Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. in the race to replace Adolfo Carrion as Bronx borough president.
The endorsement caught my eye since the competitive race still includes at least one other established Democratic candidate, City Councilman Joel Rivera. According to reporter John DeSio—who launched Read More
Now that Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion is leaving his post early next year to be the director of the Obama administration's Office of Urban Policy, his successor will most likely be determined by a special election in sometime in the spring.
So who will it be?
Since Carrion was going Read More
Here’s an invitation to an event for recently ousted Bronx Democratic leader Jose Rivera, who, it seems, wants to seek re-election to his Assembly seat. Rivera had come under criticism for using this year's county fund-raiser as a way to generate money for his own political efforts.