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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rivera Endorsed by Healthcare Groups

Candidate Gustavo Rivera at a press conference today, where he received the backing of three local healthcare groups.
State Senate candidate Gustavo Rivera has a few more groups to add to his growing pile of endorsements.

According to a press release, Rivera held a conference today to discus his own health agenda for the Bronx and where he announced the support of three major health care groups: the Committee of Interns and Residents, which represents resident physicians in the city, a healthcare workers union called 1199 SEIU, and the Nurses Association of New York.

“We need leaders who will put health care first and never compromise our community for personal gain," George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU, said in a statement. "Gustavo Rivera’s Healthcare for All agenda is exactly what we need keep the Bronx healthy and our community strong.”

Rivera's "Healthcare for All" agenda includes promises to fight health care cuts in Albany and increase wages for workers in the health care industry. You can read the rest of his statement here, at his campaign website. 

Rivera's received a slew of endorsements in the past month or so (see here, here, here, here, and here)

As the Daily News' Bronx columnist Bob Kappstatter pointed out today,  all this political backing might not necessarily be enough to unseat Pedro Espada on Sept. 14--a recent poll still puts Espada ahead.


  1. Is it that Rivera is the only one getting endorsements, or you just aren't reporting the endorsements for other candidates?

    Some clarity please! Maybe a table or list of all the endorsements you can identify for each candidate?

  2. You make a very good point. Our coverage of endorsements is mostly guided by candidate press releases/formal announcements. Gustavo Rivera has had several these last couple of weeks. And just today we learned of Pedro Espada's endorsement by La Voz Hispana, a Spanish-language newspaper. We will check all three candidates' endorsements and compile a list, as you suggest. Thanks for the comment!


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