Bronx Picks
May 4th, 2009

The Bronx Democratic Party has announced its handpicked successors for two vacant State Assembly seats in the borough.

Vanessa Gibson will be the party’s candidate for the seat from the 77th Assembly district, previously held by Aurelia Greene. Gibson served as Greene’s chief of staff and reportedly was Greene’s choice to succeed her. Gibson, 30, has worked for Greene for eight years, starting as an intern in Albany and moving up to become Bronx chief of staff for her.

Over in the 85th district, the party picked Marcos Crespo to replace Ruben Diaz Jr. Crespo, 28, is executive assistant to Diaz’s father, state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and has said he has been “a jack of all trades” with him for five years, dealing with local groups and issues as well as legislative issues in Albany.

The seats became vacant when Diaz Jr. was elected Bronx borough president last month and named Greene as his deputy.

Even though Gibson and Crespo must face voters in a special election on June 2, as the party’s choices, they appear all but guaranteed of victory in these heavily Democratic districts. For more on the process, see Not-So-Special Elections.

By on May 4, 2009, 8:47 am
In category: Albany,Electoral Politics,Eye on Albany,Gotham City | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “Bronx Picks”

  1. Crispus Attucks Says:
    May 4th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Are they considered handpicked if they are voted on in a public meeting by the county committee members?

  2. Dion Powell Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    There will be another candidate for the 77th AD Special Election and that is Mr. Joel R. Rivera. For more information please visit our campaign at

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