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86th State Assembly District

by David Howard King, May 21, 2013
 

Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro resigned in April 2013 after admitting he had worn a wire for most of his time in office after reaching a deal with the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Castro had been caught lying under oath and decided to make a deal rather than go to prison. The full extent of his work in Albany isn’t clear but it appears he snared Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in a bribery plot. Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not call a special election earlier in the year that would have effectively allowed Bronx County Democrats to name Castro’s successor and now a number of challengers have cropped up to replace Castro--some of them embittered that the County Democrats led by Assemblyman Carl Heastie passed them over, and others happy to have Heastie’s backing.

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Kenny Nunez

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Kenny Nunez

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Biography: Nunez has the closest tie to the scandal involving Castro as Castro has called him his ‘stand-in candidate.’ Nunez’s campaign has failed to file campaign finance reports with the Board of Elections for the last two periods. Nunez’s campaign has not had much of a presence in the district.

CFB Funds Raised: N/A

Victor Pichardo

Victor Pichardo

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Biography: A former staffer for U.S. Congressman Chuck Schumer and State Sen. Gustavo Rivera Pichardo was a relative unknown coming into the race but has received the backing of his former bosses as well as The Bronx County Democrats, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and a number of major unions. Pichardo is running a tight campaign with the help of Rivera. Pichardo has received large donations from sitting legislators including $1,000 from Micah Kellner. He received $500 from the Real Estate Board of New York.

CFB Funds Raised: N/A

Hector Ramirez

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Biography: Ramirez enjoyed the backing of The Bronx County Democrats in his failed 2010 run against Castro. Ramirez is a former District Leader. His campaign has failed to file two disclosure reports with the state Board of Election.

CFB Funds Raised: $

Haile Rivera

Haile Rivera

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Biography: Rivera is a community activist who has focused on cultivating small donors through the internet for his run in the 86th. Rivera enjoyed his share of publicity in 2007 when he was selected to have dinner with then candidate Barack Obama. Rivera donated $25 to the Obama campaign to win the honor. Rivera has avoided touting the fact that he worked for jailed former Sen. Pedro Espada during his last year in office.

CFB Funds Raised: N/A

Yudelka Tapia

Yudelka Tapia

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Biography: As district leader in the 86th Tapia has a lot of ties to the community. She has also been in the race longer than the other challengers but she also faces a major obstacle--her campaign owes the Campaign Finance Board $107,000 in fines and repayments of public funds.

CFB Funds Raised: $22,760.00




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