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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What Was the Deal?

Now that Joel Rivera, and former party chairman Jose Rivera (who was rumored to be mulling a bid for Bronx BP as well) are out of the running, the speculation can begin about the political deal-making that went on. It's no accident that Assemblyman Ruben Diaz appears to now have a clear path to a new office on 161st Street.

Did the Riveras exact a promise from the new party chair, Assemblyman Carl Heastie, that the new machine wouldn't back primary opponents to Joel Rivera, who will undoubtedly run for a third term in the City Council, or Naomi Rivera, who will be up for re-election to her Assembly seat next year. And what about Rivera ally Maria Baez, who could be facing several opponents this fall in her campaign for a third term on the City Council?

And might have Jose Rivera agreed to drop his lawsuit seeking to regain the keys to the office of the party chairman?

If politics is the art of the deal, this one must of been a beaut.

Stay tuned ...

Update: Patrick Jenkins, special assistant to Carl Heastie, just called me to say, "Chairman Heastie doesn't believe in making deals."


  1. Please......no one is stupid here, there definitely was a deal that was cut.

  2. Really lets take a step back and think about this. What did the Chairman have to gain from cutting a deal with the Rivera's? Liz Taylors election proves that he can beat them at the ballot box. The only deal would have been for City Clerk and we know how that went down. Carl needs to purge the party of the Rivera's they can't be trusted and he won't do that by cutting deals. The Carl needs to cut off all of the limbs of the Rivera tree "Maria, Joel, Castro, and Naomi. Once he does that he can wait for the assemblymen to go away.


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