|Candidate Gustavo Rivera at a press conference today, where he received the backing of three local healthcare groups.|
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.