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Thursday, August 16, 2007

More on the Early Start to the BP's Race

As the Times reported in July, City Council Majority Leader, Joel Rivera, 28, is planning to run for borough president in 2009, a decision that’s likely to put him on a collision course with close friend Assemblyman Ruben Diaz.

When asked for an update, Rivera, who attended a press conference this afternoon to mark the beginnings of a new health center on Burnside Avenue, said he’s getting close to formally announcing his campaign, adding that he’s already raised $200,000.

“At the moment I have 140,000 bosses,” he quipped, in reference the population of the District 15. “In 2010 I hope to have 1.4 million.”

Rivera (pictured) will be trying to do what his father, Bronx Democratic boss Jose Rivera, never managed. (Rivera Sr. stepped aside for Adolfo Carrion in 2001.)

So far, no one’s officially said they’re running, and with the election two years away anything can happen, but other possibles include State Senator Jose Marco Serrano and Council Member Helen Foster. (Photo by James Fergusson)


  1. You seem to have missed the NYPress story wednesday which broke the news that Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. has set up a Borough President committee, though Diaz says its "not a formal announcement". A declared fundraising committee is pretty official though....wouldn't ya say??

  2. and actually...considering that the Diaz committee was just launched, this whole post smacks of a bit of service for the councilman, since there's not exactly anything press worthy in terms of new info here....strange timing....come on Mr. Ferguson, you can at least be a bit more subtle.....

  3. We saw it. If you click on Diaz's name at the end of the first paragraph it links to the story. You're right, a declared fundraising committee is pretty official. I think the point here is that things are gaining momentum.

  4. There is two years between now and the BP election. Believe me, there is going to be a lot of coverage of ALL of the candidates on this blog and in our West Bronx print publications. James Fergusson came across Rivera at an event, so he asked about the BP race. It's that simple. We've blogged about Serrano and Diaz, too, and we will do so again -- and again and again.
    One more thing: We're happy to have a conversation with our readers, and we expect criticism -- we invite it even. But if we're going to have a conversation, let's do it out in the open. We can't have a good discussion if one of the parties is doing it from behind a curtain. In other words, if you're going to post, please at least list your first name.
    Jordan Moss
    Editor, Norwood News


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