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 on February 27, 2009, 10:47 am
In category: Albany,Electoral Politics,Governing,nextNY | 5 Comments »

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5 Responses to “A Bronx BP Update”

  1. Ariella Grossman Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Thank Gd, we really can not let that hate mongers son be the next BP. I live in Riverdale and although many try to deny that Riverdale is in fact in the Bronx…it is!! I have Ruben at various functions and he sounds like a street thug in a suit! I have no problem with a Latino for BP. I actually voted for Carrion but it can not be this guy Diaz. Our property value will drop!

  2. Jim giddings Says:
    February 28th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    That statement is disgusting and you should be ashamed of yourself. You are the type of person who contributes to our borough being divided. Please stop race baiting it does not contribute to the process.

  3. felipe Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 4:29 am

    I agree with Ariella and I am hispanic,, we dont need Diaz, he spend more time grooming himself than attending the city council meeting. Not to mention his banana head voted to overturn term limits without a public referendum.

  4. Jim giddings Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    You are tallking about the wrong candidate. Diaz is not even in the city council and did not vote to overturn term limits. That was Joel Rivera the guy running against Diaz. Please think before you post and do a little fact checking.

  5. James Jones Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    as i continue to look at the different races for city offices over the years, their is a lack of faces that represent all of the Bronx. i would like to see a change, someone who looks like i do, even a woman. this is no stab at the current canidates but i dont feel connected to any of them. i would like like to run, as a long time bronx resident, i’m tired of polititions being elected and still nothing being done for all in the Bronx, not just one portion of the Bronx.

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