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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gustavo Rivera's Roll Call of Supportive Elected Officials

33rd Senate District challenger Gustavo Rivera just unleashed an onslaught of support from what he describes as "progressive leaders."

Here's the list: Borough President Scott Stringer, Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell and Council Members Margaret Chin, Daniel Dromm, Daniel Garodnick, Brad Lander, Jessica Lappin and Jumaane Williams.

After the jump, you can read all their quotes about Rivera: 

Borough President Scott Stringer said: "Gustavo is the next generation of leadership we need. He has the smarts, the experience, and the integrity to take on the special interests that dominate the debate in Albany. As an aide to Senator Gillibrand and a professor of political science, Gustavo has shown his commitment to public service and to his community. Gustavo will never forget who he is fighting for."

Senator Liz Krueger said: "I would be proud to serve alongside Gustavo Rivera in the State Senate. Over the last decade I have seen Gustavo grow as a progressive leader in his community and I have no doubt that he will serve his constituents in the 33rd District with the strength and integrity that they deserve."

Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell said: "Gustavo Rivera represents the kind of honest leadership that we need in Albany. As an educator and as a community organizer, Gustavo has proven that he has the skills to represent his community and fight for working families."

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams said: "I am very proud to endorse Gustavo Rivera for State Senate. He is a man dedicated to fighting for the rights of the people and with his background in education; I know he is passionate about cultivating the minds of the residents in his community. This passion will benefit the people of New York State as whole. His progressive ideals along with his integrity will make him an invaluable asset as a Senator."

Council Member Brad Lander said: "Gustavo Rivera will be a smart, energetic, ethical, progressive addition to the State Senate. His election is a top priority for progressives around the state. I am honored to endorse him."

Council Member Daniel Dromm said: "In times like these, we badly need new leadership in Albany that will fight for jobs and put the community first. Gustavo Rivera has spent the last ten years fighting for the Bronx and he's got what it takes to give this district the representation it deserves."

Councilmember Jessica Lappin said: "The Bronx needs honest leadership and public servants who will put the needs of their community first. Gustavo has the integrity, the smarts, and the leadership to fight for this district in Albany."

Councilmember Daniel Garodnick said: "Gustavo Rivera has spent his whole life working for his community and he represents a new generation of leaders we need. As a community organizer, as a teacher, and as a leader, Gustavo has demonstrated commitment and integrity to this district. I am proud to stand with his campaign for change."

Council Member Margaret Chin said: "I'm proud to endorse Gustavo Rivera. A committed activist, Rivera will bring exactly the kind of energy we need to our State Senate. Having worked to elect Barack Obama President and for our own Senator Gillibrand here in New York, Gustavo is a true progressive New Yorker. From coming through on our party's promise to finally expand tenant's rights, to supporting marriage equality, Rivera will finally bring some sanity to the dysfunction of Albany."


  1. Wait a second, none of these people are from the Bronx. The local elected officials are not endorsing him to the proportion of those outside of the area.

  2. Yeah, he has no Bronx elected endorsements, what's that about?

  3. According to his website, Rivera has been endorsed by:

    NYC Council Member Oliver Koppell (D-Bx)
    NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Bx/Mn)
    NYC Council Member Annabel Palma (D-Bx)

    Perhaps more will come.

  4. Only one of which, Koppell, have influence in the district he is running for. It seems to me as though Gustavo has a lot of outside institutional support, but nary community support.

  5. The problem here is not the candidate, but with the cowardly elected officials themselves. They're all gutless, including Chairman Carl Heastie. They're all afraid if they endorse someone else and Espada wins, then he'll get back at them over the next two years. So instead of taking a stand and supporting who and what they believe, they do nothing, showing what spineless, political whores they really are.

  6. If Councilman Cabrera stands with Gustavo, I'll bet anything Gustavo will win. Cabrera covers more of this Senate district than anyone else. He has the troops, network and fire power to give Gustavo the victory.


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