Fordham, West Farms, Parkchester, Castle Hill.
GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
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- Peter M. Rivera (Dem/Wor) Incumbent
- Charles Serrano (Con)
Peter M. Rivera (Dem/Wor) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on November
12, 1946. He migrated to New York City at an early age along with
his mother, Candita; his father, Victor Manuel; and his sister,
Lucy. A graduate of New York City public schools, Peter was awarded
a Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from Pace College
in 1968, and, in 1974, was conferred a Juris Doctor from St. John's
Law School. He was admitted to practice law in March of 1975. Elected
to serve as a member of the New York State Assembly in November
of 1992, Peter M. Rivera represents the areas more popularly known
in Bronx County as Fordham, West Farms, Parkchester and Castle Hill.
Assemblyman Rivera is presently the chairman of the Assembly Standing
Committee on Cities. He also sits on the New York State Assembly
Committee on Rules and was the most recent past Chairman of the
New York State Assembly Committee on Real Property Taxation.
7 BILLS IMPORTANT TO NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS THAT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IS LIKELY TO VOTE ON IN THE NEXT TERM:
1. Rent Regulation: The current rent regulation laws expire in June 2003. Supporters of rent regulation hope that the current provisions will be extended for another five years and that the legislature will repeal the provision which deregulates apartments that rent for $2,000 or more a month. The State Assembly passed such a bill this year, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. If the Legislature does not take concerted action in June, rent regulation in New York City will end.
In 2002 Assemblymember Rivera voted in favor of repealing vacancy decontrol, the law that permits landlords to increase rent 18 percent automatically whenever a tenant moves out.
2. Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good. Reinstatement of the Commuter Tax is likely to come up again this Spring as the City's economy takes a turn for the worse.
In 1999 Assemblymember Rivera, P. voted in favor of repealing the commuter tax.
3. School Funding: Even with mayoral control of the school system, more than 40 percent of New York City's school funding comes from Albany. Next year's budget will determine how much money New York City's schools will get from the state.
4. Rockefeller drug laws: New York's drug laws, passed in 1973 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, are among the harshest in the nation. The Democratic-controlled Assembly, Republican-controlled Senate, and the Governor have not been able to agree on how to reform these laws, look for renewed negotiations and new legislation in the next term.
5. Minimum Wage: Currently set at $5.15 an hour, Democrats will likely propose raising the minimum wage to $6.75 an hour, a proposal that passed the Assembly, but failed to ever get to the floor of the Senate last year.
Raising Minimum Wage - vote on A5132
In 2002 Assemblymember Rivera, P. voted in favor of raising the minimum wage.
6. Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act: This has been floating around the New York State Legislature for 30 years, with the Governor's support, it is likely to come up for a vote again next Spring.
7. Campaign Finance Reform: Some 80 organizations have proposed a "Clean Money, Clean Elections" bill for the New York State Legislature. Like the New York City law, it would establish a system under which candidates who comply with limits on campaign spending and contributions Last year, Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced a bill to provide two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions. The bill passed the Assembly, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.
In 2002 Assemblymember Rivera voted in favor of two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions.