Bronx Park South, Belmont, Fordham, Bedford Park, South Riverdale, Van Cortland Village, Marble Hill.

Take a look at all the latest results for the November 5, 2002 general election.

x-Jose Rivera (Dem) 6,764 - 84 percent
Luana Malavolta (Rep) 1,256 - 16 percent


  • Luana Malavolta (Rep/Ind/Con)
  • Jose Rivera (Dem) Incumbent


Luana Malavolta (Rep/Ind/Con) is a life-long resident of the district who owns a women's clothing store off of Arthur Avenue. A former member of Community Board 6, she has been active in the Arthur Avenue Merchants Association and in the 48th Precinct Community Council.

Assemblyman Jose Rivera (Dem) served in the New York State Assembly from 1982 to 1987 and was elected to serve once again in 2000. While an assemblyman in the 1980s he served as treasurer, vice chair and chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. In 1987, Rivera went on to become a councilman for the 15th District in the Bronx. Rivera served as the president of the Black and Latino Caucus when in the New York City Council, and was the chairman of the Council's Civil Service and Labor Committee and State and Federal Legislation Committee. He also served on the Governmental Operations and Health Committees. In November 2000, he was re-elected to the New York State Assembly and currently sits on the committees for Aging, Insurance and Small Business, and is on the board of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and the Black and Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Caucus.


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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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, J. 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, J. 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.

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