Tag: Pedro Espada

Gustavo Rivera - Photo: Jon Reznick

NY State Senator Gustavo Rivera Stakes Out Independent Role

The freshman lawmaker from the Bronx says he’s his own man, even when it comes to supporters who helped him defeat the embattled Pedro Espada, once the highest ranking Hispanic in New York State government.

Moya won over voters in the 39th NY Assembly district - Photo: Catalina Jaramillo

Insurgents Win Democratic Nominations For NY State Legislature

Francisco Moya routed Hiram Monserrate in the Democratic primary for a Queens seat in the New York State Assembly, and in the Bronx Gustavo Rivera ousted Pedro Espada the State Senate Majority Leader.

Registered Democrats in the 33rd State Senatorial district, which includes Kingsbridge Heights, head to the polls on Tuesday - Photo: Monika Fabian

Closely Watched Espada/Rivera Race Draws Little Interest Where It Counts

It may be one of the most closely watched races in Tuesday’s New York Primary, but voters in the northwest Bronx seem largely uninterested in the contest between the powerful state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his challenger Gustavo Rivera.

El Diario/La Prensa

El Diario Endorses Latino Insurgents in NY Primary

New York’s biggest Spanish language paper is hoping for fresh blood in the New York State legislature.

After Senatorial Tussle, Latino Politicos Ascendant In New York State

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

In this year of political firsts, Malcolm Smith has secured his chance to become the first-ever African American politician to preside over the New York State Senate (he’s also the first Democrat in four decades).

But for this Smith had to earn the support of two Latino senators from The Bronx who seem to have strong-armed fellow Democrats into granting one of them, Pedro Espada Jr., the position of majority leader, before they would support Smith. (This is an unprecedented split, since tradition holds that the Senate president also serves as majority leader.)

"Latino Punch" - El Diario/La Prensa
“Latino Punch”: Espada on El Diario/La Prensa

The New York Times, which reported on the new power distribution, said the deal makes Espada, who has just returned to the State Senate, “arguably the most influential Hispanic elected official in New York.”

“It’s a moment of great pride for our community,” Espada told El Diario/La Prensa newspaper. “It’s the first time in this state that we celebrate a power sharing agreement. Smith will occupy the first position and I, the second, in legislative and state affairs.”

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