Wednesday, September 28, 2011
¿Erik Dilan contra Nydia Velázquez? - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York - impre.com
El margen de victoria del recién electo asambleísta Rafael Espinal en el distrito 54 de Brooklyn podría significar problemas para la congresista Nydia Velázquez.
Fuentes dicen que la familia Dilan está animada con la elección de Espinal este mes, y ya están explorando la idea de lanzar al concejal Erik Dilan contra la Velázquez en 2012. Su término en el Concejo expira en 2013.
Una persona involucrada en las discusiones dice que la victoria de Espinal contra Jesús González –el candidato a quien Velázquez apadrinaba– puede ser interpretada como que la congresista no tiene fuerza para sacar votos.
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Erik Dilan vs. Nydia Velazquez?
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-28-2011
New elected Assemblyman Rafael Espinals margin of victory in the 54th AD, may spell trouble for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. My sources tell me that the Dilan family was emboldened by the outcome of the election, and that Councilman Erik Dilan is exploring a possible challenge to the long time Congresswoman.
A person involved in the discussions said that Congresswoman Velazquez was absent during the most crucial moments in Jesus Gonzalez campaign, and that her endorsement meant very little at the end the of the day. Which can be interpreted to mean that Velazquez could not deliver votes for Gonzalez.
Add this to the fact that the Dilan’s were adamant in their belief that the sole reason why Velazquez backed Gonzalez was to split the Latino vote, and her longtime rivalry with Brooklyn Boss Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and the odds point to Velazquez receiving a challenge.
My source tells me that a lot will depend on re-districting, and how the lines are drawn in Velazquez congressional district. "Once the lines are drawn, we will have a clearer picture."
Another possibility for Councilman Dilan whose term ends in 2013 is a move to the State Senate, meaning that his father Senator Martin Dilan will make a play for Erik’s council seat. The senior Dilan’s move depends on whether the Democrats can regain control of the State Senate majority. “If the Democrats stay in the minority in the State Senate, then I think that Senator Dilan will make a move to the City Council.”
Latinos upset at Weprin
Latino poltical brokers are upset by the lack of Latino voter outreach by the Weprin campaign in his defeat to newly elected Republican Congressman Bob Turner.
A number of prominent Latino leaders made it clear that the Weprin campaign took the Latino vote for granted, and that his consultants felt that Latinos were not a reliable voting block.
Once their backs were against the wall a day before the election they had a Latinos for Weprin event, and began to reach out to Latino media outlets that they had previously ignored.
A Latino political operative told me that his sister lives in the 9th CD, and is a registered Democrat. "She knew who Republican Bob Turner was, and not David Weprin."
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Want to know how to defeat the Harlem political establishment? Ask Marisol Alcantara El Diario La Prensa
Want to know how to defeat the Harlem political establishment? Ask Marisol Alcantara
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-21-2011
On primary day, the ground shook in West Harlem, when the results of the Democratic District Leader race between Dominican community activist Marisol Alcantara, and long time District Leader April Tyler were announced. Tyler, had held the District Leader post in the 70th AD part D. since 1993, and had received the endorsement of Congressman Charles Rangel, Manhattan Democratic Party Boss Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilman Robert Jackson, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and the blessings of most every political club, and broker in the neighborhoods of Manhattanville, and Hamilton Heights.
Alcantara could not even muster the support of the Dominican political elite, who favored Tyler.
Tyler also, had the services of the famed Harlem based political consulting firm Bill Lynch and Associates at her disposal.
But none of this mattered at the end of the day, because Alcantara overcame some very long odds to beat Tyler in a landslide. The numbers Alcantara emailed me had her beating Tyler 753 to 383 which is impressive because Alcantara ran a grass roots campaign with volunteers.
I spoke to Alcantara about the race, and how she shocked the Harlem political establishment. “ I knocked on 2,000 doors, I sent dear neighbor letters letting Latinos know in the community that they were not viewed as reliable voting block, and that it was time that they made they’re voices heard. On election day, I saw a lot of Latinos, that would not be considered prime voters come to the polls which is incredible. In other words, people who normally vote in presidential years came out to vote. ED 83, and ED 94 which are big Latino electoral districts came out strong. I won 58 out of the 63 County Committee, Tyler did not win one.”
Alcantara, literally did not pull any punches throughout the campaign. In an interview I conducted with her early in the campaign. She called out a lot of major players, in the political scene for not empowering the Latino community, so she definitely backed up her words with her victory.
Another of the victors on primary night newly elected Assemblyman for the 54th AD Dominican Rafael Espinal was also amazed by the Latino turn out in his race. “I did not know that there was that many Dominican citizens in the district. They came out to vote. They definitely helped me win.”
Let’s see if the numbers, the Board of Elections puts out, reflect the same thing.
Cómo ganarle a los jefes políticos de Harlem? Pregúntele a Marisol Alcántara
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-21-2011
El martes pasado, el día de las primarias, West Harlem tembló cuando se anunciaron los resultados de la contienda por el liderazgo del distrito entre la activista dominicana Marisol Alcántara y la legendaria líder de distrito April Tyler.
Tyler había ocupado el puesto en el distrito 70 desde 1993, y tenía el respaldo del congresista Charles Rangel, el jefe del partido demócrata de Manhattan el asambleísta Keith Wright, los concejales Robert Jackson e Inez Dickens, el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat, y la bendición de casi todos los clubes demócratas y operadores de Manhattanville y Hamilton Heights.
Tyler también tenía a su disposición los servicios de la influyente firma consultora de Harlem Bill Lynch and Associates.
Alcántara no tenia ni siquiera el apoyo de la élite política dominicana.
Pero nada de esto importó el día de la elección porque Alcántara le ganó a Tyler por una paliza. Los números que me envió por email la tienen ganando 753 a 383. Impresionante porque Alcántara corrio una campaña casi sin recursos y a punta de voluntarios.
Hablé con Alcántara sobre la contienda y cómo le ganó al establecimiento político de Harlem. “Toqué 2,000 puertas, le envié cartas a los residentes Latinos haciéndoles saber que no eran vistos como un bloque electoral confiable y que era tiempo de hacer escuchar sus voces. El día de la elección vi a muchos latinos que no hubieran sido considerados votantes primarios llegar a las urnas a votar. En otras palabras, la gente que normalmente vota en los años presidenciales salieron a sufragar. ED 83 y ED 94 que son distritos electorales muy latinos salieron en masa. Gané 58 de los 63 comités de condado, Tyler no ganó ni uno”.
En una entrevista que le hice al comienzo de su campaña criticó a los grandes jugadores de la política en el distrito por no apoyar a la comunidad latina. El mensaje funciono.
Otro sorprendido la noche de las primarias fue el ahora asambleísta electo por el distrito 54 de Brooklyn, el dominicano Rafael Espinal.“No sabía que habían tantos votantes dominicanos en este distrito. Pero salieron a votar. Definitivamente me ayudaron a ganar”.
Veremos si los números que presente la Junta de Elecciones reflejan lo mismo.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Latinos con $$ para 2013 - El Diario La Prensa NY - noticias de Nueva York - impre.com
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-14-2011
Un hombre sabio me dijo una vez que la política siempre se sigue al dinero. Así que sólo por curiosidad me metí en el website de la Junta de Financiamiento de Campañas de la Ciudad Nueva York para ver cuáles latinos hasta ahora tenían dinero recolectado para las contiendas de 2013, y esto fue lo que encontré: El presidente de El Bronx, Rubén Díaz Jr. tiene $508,406.00; el concejal Joel Rivera tiene $208,294.00; la concejal Melissa Mark Viverito tiene $24,435.00; el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez $5,332.00; y la concejal Sara González $4,760.00.
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Latinos with $$ for 2013
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-14-2011
Rumors have been circulating that Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera is going to retire and is grooming his Chief of Staff Daniel Figueroa as his replacement. I called the Assemblyman to ask if the rumors were true, and here’s what he had to say. “I have been offered several positions by Governor Cuomo, and I have turned them all down. I am not going to retire from politics, to go into the private sector, and the rumors are unfounded.” But he also added. “That he is always exploring possibilities.”
A wise man once told me that in politics you always follow the money, so out of curiosity, I went on the New York City campaign finance board web-site to see which Latino has the biggest war-chest at this point. I looked for the candidates listed under 2013 and here is what I found in order of who has the largest war chest.
1. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. 508,406.00 2. Councilman Joel Rivera 208,294.00 3. Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito 24,435.00 4. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez 5,332.00 5. Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez 4,760.00.
Councilman Fernando Cabrera was listed, but he had no money posted at this time. All of the candidates except for Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez who was fundraising for a council run, are undeclared. But my gut tells me that after the general elections in November fundraising will begin to pick up among political aspirants.
There are two Latinos currently vying for one, or two of the four seats for New York Supreme Court in Queens County. The first is Judge Leslie Purificacion, who is half Puerto Rican and half Filipino and the second is Judge Carmen Velasquez, who is Ecuadorean.
The process of electing judges in Queens is determined by the four men in the room, who control the Queens Democratic Party, with the ultimate decision being made by Party Boss Congressman Joe Crowley.
The decision has to be made by September 21st because the 22nd marks the beginning of the judicial convention, but everyone knows that whomever gets chosen on the 21st by party leaders is a shoe in for a seat on the court, because most judicial delegates are selected by the party, and they do what they are told.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I had the opportunity, to interview political consultant Bill Driscoll. Here are some quotes, from the interview, with the audio included below.
The race in the 9th CD
"We're probably never going to have a Republican congressman ever in that congressional district. Cause it's probably going to disappear in redistricting."
"I think at the end of the day, it's still blue, it's still democratic. I think that David's pull operation on Tuesday, the unions, and the democratic party is united behind him, and with counties leadership David is going to pull it out, and Dov Hikind in Brooklyn it probably could be close, but once you get up into Nettie Mayersohn country, and Karen Koslowitz, and Mike Simanowitz country you know they're going to be a big pull operation, and David will win at the end of the day."
The race in the 54th AD
"I am a Queens guy I bleed Queens, so now we are talking Brooklyn you know, and some of those things I don't quite understand. Here we have discipline, and discipline rules. They're you would think it would have been Towns daughter, and Rafael head to head, and then the third guy comes in with the Working Families Party which upsets the apple cart even further you know. I assume that the Dilan's who are like royalty, political royalty in Brooklyn will prevail at the end of the day. But it is a low voting turn out. But I think the Dilan's will turn out their vote, and Rafael will prevail."
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I had the opportunity to interview Jane Deacy, who is running for the New York State Assembly in the 23rd AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.
The race in the 9th CD
"Actually, Bob Turner was someone we had discussed the possibility of running for assembly, and he was not interested in running for the assembly. He had his eyes set on congress."
"Both Bob, and I are not political machines. We don't have political machines behind us. We have the citizens behind us."
"NY State is the highest taxed state in the nation, and it is closed for business."
"I think that the Tea Party movement, are concerned about taxes. I think the media zeroes in on some of the people that perhaps are at the extreme side of the tea party."
"I think that taxes are out of control."
"I don't know much about Mr. Goldfeder, except, that he has come on to the scene rather lately."
"He is a Chuck Schumer protege."
"I think we have seen enough of Chuck Schumers proteges."
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
An interesting tid-bit on the race in the 54th AD, that may, or may not matter is the endorsement of the Reverend Al Sharpton. The reason why I mention the endorsement is that two sides lay claim to the Reverend's endorsement.
If you visit Deidra Towns we-site Townsforassembly.org under Get the Buzz you will see that her campaign lists the endorsement of Reverend Sharpton. But, when I asked a person involved with the Gonzalez campaign about receiving the Reverend's endorsement, I was told that the campaign would use quotes from Sharpton on the literature, but that Sharpton could not endorse anyone, because he was now employed by MSNBC. Maybe this means something, or maybe it means nothing on September 13th, I just thought I would point this out.
On the radar Carolyn Maloneys seat
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-7-2011
It is no secret, that the political leadership in the Dominican community, feels that now is the time to create a Congressional seat that favors a Dominican candidate.
In the past, the seat that was most frequently mentioned, was the Congressional seat held by Charles Rangel which is currently a majority Latino district.
The problem with that scenario, is that as the Dean of the New York Congressional delegation the Congressman still has a tremendous amount of clout. So, the district that was chosen instead of CD 15 was CD 14 which is currently represented by Carolyn Maloney. The map being proposed would make Maloney's district 60% Latino as opposed to it's current 13.7% by being redrawn to include Dominican neighborhoods like Inwood, Washington Heights, parts of the West Bronx, and South Yonkers.
But like everything in politics nothing is easy, and there was some initial friction between the Dominican American National Round Table which is leading the fight for the creation of a Dominican congressional seat, and State Senator Adriano Espaillat who at one time was President of the DANR.
According to my sources the problem began when the DANR decided to let go of paid consultant, and Espaillat friend Jose Bello.
Then tensions escalated when Senator Espaillat wanted to make changes to the map drawn by the DANR, and the organizations President Maria Teresa Feliciano refused to budge.
One of points of contention was that Espaillat wanted to tweak the Westchester part of the map to avoid a conflict with Congressman Eliot Engel. But the DANR refused on the grounds that they drew the map to help elect a Dominican candidate that doesn't necessarily have to be Espaillat.
On Friday Espaillat called a meeting, which did not include the DANR, of community leaders from Northern Manhattan, and the West Bronx. to discuss the maps, and they decided that they were going to put out their own maps, which were practically the same as the maps drawn by the DANR, with a few minor changes.
But on Labor Day Espaillat along with some community leaders met with the DANR, and had a change of heart, and decided to go with the maps drawn by the DANR, in order to present a united front at the upcoming hearings. Will Carolyn Maloney be sacrificed for the sake of Dominican political empowerment we will see?
En la mira silla de Carolyn Maloney
Roberto Perez El Diario La Prensa 9-7-2011
No es un secreto el interés que tiene el liderazgo político dominicano de crear un puesto en el Congreso que favorezca a su candidato.
En el pasado, el puesto frecuentemente mencionado para otro posible funcionario electo dominicano era el del congresista Charles Rangel, cuyo distrito, el 15, es mayoritariamente latino. El problema con esto es que, como decano de la delegación congresional de Nueva York, Rangel aún tiene mucha influencia politica.
Así que en vez del Distrito 15, ahora están pensando en el Distrito 14, actualmente representado por Carolyn Maloney. El mapa que se diseño aumentaría el electorado latino en el distrito de Maloney de 13.7 a 60%, al incluir vecindarios dominicanos como Inwood, Washington Heights, partes del oeste de El Bronx y el sur de Yonkers.
Pero como en la política nada es fácil, ya se ven fricciones entre la Mesa Redonda Dominico-Americana (DANR), que ha liderado la campaña por llevar a un dominicano al Congreso, y el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat, quien fue presidente de esa organización.
Según mis fuentes, el problema empezó cuando la DANR decidió rescindir de los servicios del consultor José Bello, un aliado de Espaillat.
Las tensiones se intensificaron cuando el senador Espaillat quiso hacer cambios dentro de los planes de la DANR y la presidenta de la organización, María Teresa Feliciano, se negó a aceptarlos.
Uno de los puntos controversiales fue la propuesta de Espaillat de ajustar un poco el mapa en la parte de Westchester para evitar un conflicto con el congresista Eliot Engel. La DANR se opuso diciendo que ellos planificaron un mapa que lleve a la elección de un candidato dominicano que no tiene que ser necesariamente Espaillat.
El viernes Espaillat convocó a una reunión de líderes comunitarios del Alto Manhattan y el oeste del Bronx, sin incluir al DANR, para discutir el mapa planeado y decidieron rehacer otro mapa, prácticamente lo mismo delineado por la DANR, pero con pequeños cambios.
Pero el lunes, en Labor Day, Espaillat y líderes comunitarios se reunieron con la DANR, y decidieron ir con los mapas originales presentados por la DANR, para asegurar la solidez de la coalicion en futuras audiencias. ¿Será Maloney la presa sacrificada por el del poder político dominicano?
Monday, September 5, 2011
I had the opportunity to interview Phil Goldfeder, who is running for the New York State Assembly in the 23rd AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.
"I spent my entire Sunday morning at John Adams high school volunteering. This wasn't campaigning this wasn't about politics, this was about helping people who needed help."
The Race in the 9th CD
"I try not to think about what's happening in the Congressional race."
"I try not to think about what my opponent potentionally might be doing."
"I don't think about it."
"The MTA is broken. The biggest problem is that there is no accountability."
"The MTA while it's got the same letters we are not they're ATM, and they keep coming back to us with no answer on how our money is spent."
"We need to cut the waste at the top."
"I don't talk about my opponent. I focus like a laser beam, on how I am going to help the community."