LOOKING FOR A LEADER
by Gotham Gazette
In recent years, the Soundview and Parkchester area of Bronx has been under-represented in the New York City Council.
Lucy Cruz, the City Council member for district 18 from 1991 until 2001, had one of the worst attendance records in the history of City Council.
In 2002, her successor Ruben Diaz took office. A few months later, Diaz launched a campaign to unseat incumbent Pedro Espada, Jr. in the State Senate. Both Espada and Diaz waged a series of attack ads and legal battles, stoking a long, bitter rivalry between the two Bronx Democratic factions. After three weeks of recounts and legal challenges, Diaz was declared a winner of the primary for State Senate by a few hundred votes.
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