Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Diaz Votes...Will Anyone Else?

Here is Assemblyman Ruben Diaz and his wife, Hilda, voting this morning at P.S. 93 in Soundview.

We already have some reports that voting is very, very light across the borough, so we'll be on the lookout to see who else shows up at the polls today. But Diaz can at least count on these two votes in his race to become the next borough president.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Badillo Makes It Official

This morning, former borough president Herman Badillo released an official statement (to coincide with a press conference) endorsing the likely winner of Tuesday's special election, Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.

"I have supported Ruben Diaz, Jr. since he first arrived in the State Assembly, and I am proud to endorse him now for Bronx Borough President. I know Ruben has the kind of character and work ethic we can count on to make the Bronx a better place for us and our children," Badillo said.

"I am pleased and grateful for the ongoing and steadfast support of former Congressman and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo," Diaz. "Congressman Badillo has paved the way for so many of us and has dedicated his life to serving the people of this borough and the City of New York."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Badillo Goes In For Diaz

It's just breaking now, but former Bronx Borough President (the first Puerto Rican to hold that position, in fact) Herman Badillo will officially endorse Assemblyman Ruben Diaz in the special election tomorrow.

Badillo, a former congressman and current author, was elected to the beep's office in 1965, serving until 1970. More recently, Badillo was a "Democrat for Giuliani" and ran for mayor in the Republican primary against Mike Bloomberg in 2001.

More to come...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Greene Named As Likely Deputy Beep

Assemblyman Ruben Diaz has announced the first major hire of his presumptive Bronx borough presidency. South Bronx Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene, who had been considered a front-runner to be the next county clerk, will serve as his deputy borough president, assuming he's victorious in the April 21 special election.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Aurelia Greene has been a champion for Bronxites and for all New Yorkers. She has been on the front lines fighting for tolerance and understanding among all peoples, and she has been a champion for women, children and families; tenants and homeowners; students and teachers; youth and seniors; and consumers, workers and job-creating businesses in the Bronx. She will bring to bear her distinguished record of accomplishment and leadership in our efforts to bring the Bronx to a new level,” said Assemblyman Diaz.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the next Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr., who will bring dynamic new energy to Borough Hall,” said Assemblywoman Greene. “I look forward to working with him to implement his vision for a revitalized Bronx. As Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. will balance the needs and desires of our local communities with sensible, job-creating policies that benefit us all. I am thrilled at the chance to help him implement that vision and to make the Bronx an even better place to live, work, or visit for all of us,” she said.

Greene has been in the assembly since 1982, and is the first African-American to hold that body's Deputy Majority Leader position.