A Bronx BP Update
February 27th, 2009
As Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. continues to rack up the political endorsements for his run for Bronx borough president (he just received another one this morning from the Ben Franklin Reform Democratic Club), two other potential candidates confirmed their campaign statuses to Gotham Gazette.
One is in. One out.
Councilmember Joel Rivera said yesterday “his shoes are on,” and he is ready to announce his candidacy as soon as current Bronx Prez Adolfo Carrion steps down formally, which, the young Rivera added, is scheduled for Sunday. Rivera represents the old political faction in the Bronx, which was run by his father, Assemblyman Jose Rivera, who was recently unseated by Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Rainbow Rebellion.
The younger Rivera said he could announce his candidacy formally as soon as Monday.
Elsewhere, Councilmember Helen Foster told me yesterday that she would not be running for borough president — a race she definitely expressed interest in when talk of Carrion moving to Washington was whispering throughout the five boroughs. Foster, who has aligned herself with the rebellion squad, said for the first time — she emphasized ever — she recieved a phone call from a Democratic party leader in the Bronx asking to lend her support for their candidate: Diaz Jr.
She said she would be happy to oblige.By Courtney Gross on February 27, 2009, 10:47 am
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