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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tempers Rage on BronxTalk Assembly Debate

There was bad blood between the candidates in the race for the Democratic primary in the 76th Assembly district on BronxTalk this past Monday night and it showed.  Challenger Luis Sepulveda accused incumbent Peter Rivera of corruption again and again and Rivera accused Sepulveda of mud-slinging and negative campaigning on baseless issues.  Moderator Gary Axelbank tried to keep the peace but was not always successful.  Here's a link to the show:  BronxTalk - Monday, August 9, 2010

On Monday August 16 BronxTalk will take a look at the recent test score results and on August 23rd a Bronx comic book artist will talk about all the things he's doing with Bronx children.

For more than fifteen years, BronxTalk has been seen live each Monday night at 9:00pm on Bronxnet's Cablevision channel 67. It's also on Verizon Fios channel 33 and streamed live at bronxnet.org. Produced by Jane Folloro, BronxTalk is repeated each day at 9:30am, 3:30pm, and 9:00pm. Archives are available at blip.tv; search for "BronxTalk."


  1. Both, Peter Rivera and Luis Sepulveda made themselves look like complete idiots!!.....Not so much peter because he was pretty laid back and chill. ((I would be if i were the incumbent)) BUT Luis flat out showed the people of the 76th AD what kind of a candidate he is. A total looney that just looks to point out the problem but doesn't have an answer as to how hes going to change it if elected. Im all in favor for new blood in the state assembly but just not in the 76th AD. At least not a candidate like Sepulveda

  2. One thing I don't understand about this race -- why does Sepulveda's connection to the Espada family never get mentioned? He worked for scandal-ridden Pedro Espada, Jr and his son Pedro G. He even alluded to these connections in the debate -- never mentioning the politicians he worked for by name.

  3. Jack... you make a good point. i regret that it didn't get into this program.

  4. Sepulveda also worked hard to get Espada off the ballot many times, and also ran against Espada's district leader candidate in the 90's. Sepulveda did work for Espada but quickly left Espada and their is obviously bad blood between the two. Luis won that debate and Rivera needs to go. Seriously. Sepulveda has come to my house multiple times to talk to my community about our problems, I have never even seen Rivera, because he doesn't live here. He's constantly being investigated, its not okay.

  5. I'd love to hear more about the "bad blood" and any public criticism he has made of Espada.

    Regarding winning the debate -- Sepulveda certainly didn't win the marriage equality portion of the debate. Sepulveda completely copped out -- "I have to see the legislation" -- give me a break. Does he favor marriage equality or not? Pretty simple - Gary even gave him the chance to explain what might be some issues of concern -- and he copped out. It was almost like he was looking over his shoulder to see if Diaz Sr. might hear what he said. We certainly don't need another anti-equality ally of Diaz, Sr. in the NYS legislature.

  6. I really dont care about gay marriage in our district. That is the least of the districts problems. Peter Rivera might be able to answer one question. The gay marriage question is the only question he could address. Rivera not once gave a complete answer on his campaign contributions or his mercedes or audi.


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