A Democratic operative attending State Senator Ruben Diaz's turkey giveaway here in the Bronx just told me a judge ruled in favor of Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who has been trying for some time now to wrestle control of the Bronx Democratic Party from Jose Rivera.
Heastie confirmed his victory with a quick text message Read More
Here’s a three-minute video from last night’s eventful party meeting in the Bronx, courtesy of county committee member attendee Janisian Fonseca.
Halfway through it, embattled Democratic County Leader Jose Rivera draws a lesson "from one my heroes" General Douglas MacArthur.
Amid a chorus of boos and shouts, Rivera said, Read More
Supporters of Assemblyman Carl Heastie’s efforts to oust Jose Rivera as Bronx Democratic County leader sent out a public statement just now with an account of what happened at the raucous meeting last night.
From the release:
Before the Organizational Meeting of the County Committee began, a small group of elected officials that supported Read More
Here’s City Councilwoman Maria Baez, an ally of Jose Rivera, describing last night’s contentious Bronx County Democratic Party meeting.
According to Baez, she is one of four people authorized to start a county committee meeting. She says that when the group alligned with her political opponents failed to open the meeting, she did. Read More
At a meeting of the Bronx County Democratic Party last night, both county leader Jose Rivera and the group trying to replace him with Assemblyman Carl Heastie claimed victory, and not before things got a little rough.
“Yes, I was assaulted," said Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz.
Dinowitz said he was Read More
This weekend, when the Bronx Democratic Party votes on whether to oust County Leader Jose Rivera, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion will be in Florida, campaigning for Barack Obama.
A spokeswoman for Carrion e-mailed reporters to say he’ll be in Florida and Philadelphia campaigning for Obama, and "he will also attend the South Read More
Jose Rivera’s fate as the Bronx Democratic County Leader will be decided at a meeting of the party’s executive committee at the Paradise Theaters at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, according to a Bronx source.
The vote is crucial to Rivera’s future, because he’s facing major backlash from a group of Bronx Read More
A reader emailed to say that Bronx Democratic County Chairman Jose Rivera is hosting a victory party for State Senate Democratic challenger Pedro Espada, who ousted indicted incumbent Efrain Gonzalez in Tuesday’s primary.
The event is taking place Saturday night at the Montecarlo Room, located at 2700 Jerome Avenue.
Rivera and the Read More
DENVER—Matthew Silverstein, president of the New York State Young Democrats, is not totally satisfied with his organization’s presence at this year’s convention.
Of the 361 delegates and alternates in the New York delegation, only 14 members are below 30 years old, and the average age is 53. In addition, Silverstein told me last night, Read More
DENVER—Last night, Bronx Democratic County Chairman Jose Rivera ran into Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at the Sheraton Hotel, and, for the benefit of my camera, endorsed Silver for re-election.
When I asked why he’s supporting Silver instead of one of the speaker’s two challengers, Rivera said, “Because I’ve known him for over 25 Read More