Saturday, March 31, 2012

Clyde Williams on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, congressional candidate for the 13th CD Clyde Williams. Here are some of Clyde's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Bringing change to Washington

"I can get a great deal done even as a junior member, and they're several junior members who have gotten a great deal done, you look at Floyd Flake from Queens when he was a congressional member, he was only there ten years. Floyd Flake rebuilt Jamaica, Queens from housing, to senior citizens housing, to building schools, to building shopping malls, all the things that are important to the viability of a neighborhood."

"I look at someone like my wife's former boss Rahm Emmanuel who was a congressional member for eight years, Rahm understood completely, how it is you go into these government agencies, and actually get money, and deliver services to your community, so it's not about seniority it's about a desire, it's about a knowledge, it's about understanding the process, and that's what I think makes me different than other people up to this point who have talked about running."

Charles Rangel

"At some point we need to start thinking about the future, elections are about the future."

"We need to figure out how it is, we actually use the apparatus of government, to make certain, that all the people who call the congressional district home, benefit from it."

"I'll take my resume, and stand it against whoever."

Manhattan Democratic Party

"Anointing someone a congressional seat is absurd. That seat belongs to the public, they have the right to pick the person who represents them, it's not about choosing someone, and just anointing them a seat."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Guerra por puesto de Peter Rivera -

Guerra por puesto de Peter Rivera -

Ahora que el asambleísta de El Bronx Peter Rivera fue designado por el gobernador Cuomo como Comisionado del Trabajo, su jefe de gabinete Danny Figueroa, quien aspira a reemplazarlo, ha comenzado a lanzar bombas a su oponente, el abogado Luis Sepúlveda.

Entrevisté a Figueroa hace unas semanas, y le pregunté sobre lo que pensaba de los rumores que corren en El Bronx de que perderá ante Sepúlveda, quien en 2010 consiguió un 44% contra Rivera, en ese entonces titular por 18 años, y quien está haciendo campaña desde que perdió, y cuenta con el respaldo del senador estatal Rubén Díaz Sr.

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Figueroa Attacks Sepulveda El Diario La Prensa

POR: Roberto Pérez | 03/28/2012 | El Diario

Now that Assemblyman Peter Rivera was chosen by Governor Cuomo to become Labor Commissioner, his chief of staff Danny Figueroa, who's running to replace him has begun to drop bombs on his opponent, attorney Luis Sepulveda. I interviewed Figueroa a few weeks ago and asked him what he thought of the rumors in the Bronx that he will lose by a landslide to Sepulveda, who in 2010 got 44% of the vote against Rivera, then an 18 year incumbent.

About Sepulveda, Figueroa said."He ran a spirited campaign, but the man lost maybe not by a lot, but he lost, if any of Peter's votes transfer to me Mr. Sepulveda will be beat again. When people say that Sepulveda is gonna wipe the floor with me, it saddens me, because I've given a lot of my time to empowering a community not promoting Danny Figueroa. I am this community, and if people give me a chance, I'm gonna spank that boy."

I called Figueroa after it was announced that Rivera had accepted the offer from Cuomo, to see if things had changed, because he said he would run against Senator Diaz for the district leader post. Figueroa was even more audacious this time in his attacks on Sepulveda. He began by saying, "the war is on, we're gonna make this summer very interesting. I'm gonna send him back to la la land." Figueroa also said he was no longer interested in the district leader position, and would now focus exclusively on the assembly seat. He added that Cuomo was courting Rivera for more than a year for a number of positions, and finally made him an offer he could not refuse.

When I asked Sepulveda his thoughts on his opponent he said, “I'm not worried about who's going to be my opponent. I don't know much about Danny Figueroa, I don't know what he's done in the district. I’m not about mud-slinging, or trash-talking, I’m about helping people improve the quality of their lives, and I strive to continue this mission as their next assemblyman.”

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Danny Figueroa on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, State Assembly candidate for the 87th AD Danny Figueroa. Here are some of Danny's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Peter Rivera

"Once we lost our District Leader Kenneth Padilla who was always a friend, and an hermano y familia. I offered to him, and we as a campaign looking at the future said well you could always run again, when Peter runs again, he thought that he may not be interested, he wasn't sure. That being the case, I been around Peter for 20 years lived in this district for 25 years, been employed as Chief of Staff for 9 years, worked for the assembly for 11 years. With my experience, I thought that maybe, I would take a crack at something, so that if we're losing some of our more experienced people I may wanna run, so the rumor that I was interested in the district leadership is true, and in fact, I have filed for district leader, and for assembly. But, I've done that only because I'm loyal, Peter is running for surrogate court, he applied, he interviewed, and that is where his heart is right now."

Ruben Diaz Sr.

"Until last year, we carried on our petitions as our senatorial candidate the Reverend Senator Ruben Diaz. He has always appeared on our petitions, and we have always supported his candidacy in the 76th AD until last year. Last year, he endorsed a candidate against Assemblyman Peter Rivera, and because he endorsed another candidate, there was a competitive nature to our relationship in so far as I'm concerned, Senator Diaz is my senator, and I don't agree with many of his positions, but the bottom line is that all of your opponents are not your enemies, but all of your enemies are your opponents."

"But, in the 76th AD, I don't think it's necessary that we have the senator as the district leader."

"I would be willing to run against Ruben Diaz, the Reverend Ruben Diaz as district leader, not as senator."

Luis Sepulveda

"When people say that I'm an intangible is one thing, but when they say that I can be beat, and that Sepulveda is gonna you know wipe the floor with me so to speak, which is what you're insinuating, or actually said then yeah it saddens me, because I've given a lot of my own personal time to empowering a community not promoting Danny Figueroa."

"I am this community, and if people give me a chance, not only will I give Mr. Sepulveda a run for his money, I'm gonna spank that boy."

"He ran a spirited campaign, but at the end of the day, this is politics that man lost, and the man lost maybe not by a lot, but he lost by enough votes, that if any of Peter's votes transfer to me Mr. Sepulveda will be beat again."

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I had the opportunity to interview, City Council candidate for the 35th CD Ede Fox. Here are some of Ede's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Tish James for Public Advocate

"I don't know entirely, but I see her really out there, and doing all the things that she needs to do, so I think, she would be a great Public Advocate, I support her in that move."

"I thinks she's very interested in trying something new."

"Very encouraging of my starting early, you know, I started extremely early, and we spoke, and I made it clear that I didn't intend to run against her."

"I think I would not be in 2009. She won with like 98% of the vote."


"I launched with 10 thousand dollars last July, and I slowed down a little bit, while I tried to figure out what Tish was planning on doing. I plan to raise, and additional 60 thousand by July this coming July."


"I'm working with the Brown Miller Group."

Luis Sepulveda on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, State Assembly candidate for the 87th AD Luis Sepulveda. Here are some of Luis views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Peter Rivera and Danny Figueroa

I'm not worried about who's going to be my opponent. You know, the assemblyman (Peter Rivera) obviously he's been here for twenty years. I don't know much about Danny Figueroa, I certainly don't know much of what he's done in the district. I can only tell you, what I've done.

You know you need leadership that's in the district, lives in the district, and can understand the concerns of the district."


We have raised approximately 30 thousand dollars, our target is to have between 50, and 75 before the Governor signs the law, that say's what the boundaries are going to be. We've been actually very successful."


It's clear Senator Diaz has been a huge supporter of ours, and is pulling out all the stops."

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Espaillat alinea sus fichas -

Espaillat alinea sus fichas -
Según mis fuentes el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat llamó al congresista Charles Rangel el pasado lunes, y le hizo saber que iba a postularse en su contra. Lo cual es una señal de que la función comenzó.

El Bronx tiene dos miembros que están dispuestos a respaldar a Espaillat. El asambleísta Nelson Castro razonó de la siguiente manera: "Pienso que esto concierne a la comunidad dominicana, es nuestro momento, si no lo hacemos ahora, entonces ¿cuándo? El congresista Rangel ha sido bueno para la comunidad dominicana, y todo el distrito, pero con el tiempo cada grupo quiere elegir a uno de los suyos. Ahora es el momento ya que el distrito quedó 55% latino".

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Espaillat's Laying the Ground Work El Diario La Prensa

POR: Roberto Pérez | 03/21/2012 | El Diario

According to my sources state Sen. Adriano Espaillat called Congressman Charles Rangel on Monday, to tell him that he was running against him. Which is a sign that the redistricting dust has cleared, and now its game on.

The Bronx has two members of it's delegation who are backing Senator Espaillat. Assemblyman Nelson Castro reasoned as follows: "I thinks it’s about the Dominican community, its our time, if we don't do it now, then when? Congressman Rangel, has been good to the Dominican community, and the entire district, every immigrant group wants to elect one of it’s own eventually. Now, is the time being that the district is now 55% Latino."

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said he expects the African American community to rally around Espaillat. "The judges decided to create a District 13 which is 54% Latino. We hope that the African American community will support us in the same way that we have supported them in the past."

Rodriguez said Espaillat has the support of state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, and district leaders Mark Levine and Marisol Alcantara but according to my sources, district leader Maria Luna has decided to support Rangel.

Espaillat's run for Congress sets the stage for a possible battle between Assemblyman Guillermo Linares and Mark Levine for the right to be his successor.

According to my sources, at a meeting held in Northern Manhattan a few months ago, Espaillat pledged to support Mark Levine for his state Senate seat, if Levine supported his candidacy for Congress. Levine, according to the those at the meeting, would also have to support a Dominican for Robert Jackson's council seat, the seat which Levine is currently running for.

Which is interesting because Espaillat allegedly negotiated an agreement with Linares, when he supported Linares ally, Albania Lopez, for the District Leader post, once held by his daughter Mayra, in exchange for Linares publicly supporting Espaillat for Congress. But in an interesting twist Espaillat did not commit to supporting Linares for the state Senate. Now, I'm hearing that Linares wants to reverse his commitment to Espaillat, because he said he would support him in his race in a new Latino district, and not in a race against Rangel.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guerra de palabras en rally de Sharpton -

Guerra de palabras en rally de Sharpton -

La coalición formada por el Rev. Al Sharpton y líderes de El Bronx, Harlem, y el norte de Manhattan sostuvo un rally en la Red de Acción Nacional de Sharpton el sábado en la mañana. Cada persona que tomó la palabra dejó claro la urgencia de que el distrito que representa el congresista Rangel se mantenga afroamericano, y que un nuevo distrito latino prevenga un conflicto entre los afroamericanos y la comunidad latina.

Entre los ponentes estaban el Reverendo Sharpton, el asambleísta Carl Heastie, el jefe del Partido Demócrata del estado Charlie King, el presidente de Manhattan Scott Stringer, el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat, el asambleísta Guillermo Linares, el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, y el asambleísta Marcos Crespo.

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War of Subtle Words at Sharpton Rally El Diario La Prensa

POR: Roberto Pérez | 03/14/2012 | El Diario

The coalition formed by the Rev. Al Sharpton and leaders from the Bronx, Harlem and northern Manhattan held a rally at the National Action Network, on Saturday morning. Each person who spoke made clear the urgency of maintaining the district that Congressman Rangel represents African-American, and that a new Latino district be created to prevent a conflict between African Americans and Latinos.

Among the speakers were the Rev. Sharpton, Assemblyman Carl Heastie, the head of the state Democratic Party Charlie King, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and Assemblyman Mark Crespo.

Everyone seemed to be on the same page until Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez took the microphone. Before him, everyone spoke about creating a Latino district without specifying any group, but Rodriguez said that Dominicans were 600,000 of the 2.5 million Latino population and he demanded and called for solidarity not only to create a new Latino district, but to get the support of everyone present, to help elect a Dominican to Congress.

Al Sharpton was amused by the comment and said. "Councilman Rodriguez said, let's make sure, we put a Dominican in Congress, as long as he remembers that my name is Alfredo Sharpton."

But it was hard not to notice that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. did not find the comments amusing. A source said Diaz Jr. let Rodriguez know, that he thought he had gone too far with the comment.

On Sunday morning, State Senator Espaillat had a meeting in his political club. At the meeting were Assemblyman Nelson Castro, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, District Leaders Maria Luna, Aneiry Batista, Manny De Los Santos, Albania Lopez, and other Espaillat allies, all were present to discuss a possible race against Congressman Rangel. My sources tell me that the overwhelmingly majority were in favor of Espaillat challenging Rangel.

Espaillat called for another meeting on Friday morning to decide how to proceed, because by that then everyone will have a better idea of ​​what the final lines will look like. But rumor has it that Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who has been silent in this whole drama, is considering whether to run if the new district includes the area he represents. Why would he? Because he has nothing to lose.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Maria Hinojosa on THE PEREZ NOTES / NILP

This is an interview, I conducted with Broadcast Journalist Maria Hinojosa in conjunction with the National Institute for Latino Policy. We discussed, her work on Frontline's Lost in Detention, the Obama administration's immigration record, and the Latino vote. I have included some quotes from the interview, below the quotes is the audio of the conversation.

"In the beginning there was very little interest for this kind of a story, getting immigration issues covered on the main stream media is a challenge, much of the main stream media walks away from the issue. The New York Times has done a very good job, of having an investigative reporter on this. But, as you know those stories are here, and there."

"My worry Roberto is, if Latinos feel so completely frustrated by the electoral system, and by party politics as they stand now, than they then decide to stay home which is a form of protest, but if they decide to stay home, my concern is not only what it means for this election, but what it means for the interpretation, and analysis of Latino voters for the next decade, or two to come, and I'm actually thinking about the children, because if you have a Latino household, where the parents are saying no voy a votar, pero es que no voy a votar, no voy a votar por eso republicanos y no voy a votar por unos democratas, que no me han representado, no voy a votar, and you have kids who are hearing that, what happens when it's the turn for the children to vote. So, I'm actually worried, not just for 2012, I'm worried for 2022, and the residual impact of what happens, when a community of voters feels disenfranchised, and how dangerous it can be."

"Being the first Latina to ever anchor a Frontline on PBS, which is a huge a huge step forward for all of us."

"This is the first Frontline, that has received this number of Latino viewers, the highest number of Latino viewers of any Frontline. I feel like I delivered."

"In terms of the White House, honestly they didn't call. I personally, never got a response."

"The truth is that we requested an interview with President Obama. We did not request an interview with Cecilia Munoz . We requested an interview with the secretary Napolitano. We did not request an interview with Cecilia Munoz, and that is her job, is to represent the administration."

"We had 30 minutes, it was gonna be a difficult 30 minutes, I didn't know why, they put a 30 minute time limit, because I think that time limits make interviews very difficult, and very high pressure."

"I can't really comment on how Cecilia said what she said, to me it became clear that the administration, or that Cecilia believes that her roll in the administration, is to defend the policies of the President. I understand that the bigger question though is whether, or not the President has really understood the consequences of his policies, or the consequences of his inaction. That's where I think that the White House like any political party in power, can sometimes lose touch, and I'm not sure, and I haven't spoken to Cecilia since the interview."

"I did find it interesting, that the White House could have come out, and said we have tried to enact prosecutorial discretion, judicial review, we understand the human consequences, they could have said these things, they chose not to."

"What Cecilia said, was there will be people who end up deported, and that's just gonna happen."

Maria Hinojosa (b. 1961, Mexico City) is a Mexican American broadcast journalist. She was (2005–2010) Senior Correspondent for the PBS news magazine, NOW on PBS.
She is currently also the host of her own show on PBS, Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, an interview talk show that features one-on-one interviews with a diverse group of guests, including actors, writers, activists, and politicians.
Hinojosa's first journalism experience was as host of a Latino radio show while she was a student at Barnard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Latin American studies.
In 1995, Hinojosa began hosting the National Public Radio show Latino USA; she also hosted the WNBC-TV public affairs show, Visiones. From 1997 to 2005, she worked for CNN's New York City bureau, where she gained recognition for her reporting on urban issues.
She can currently be seen on PBS, where she hosts Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, and on V-me, the Spanish-language TV network, where she hosts La Plaza: Conversaciones con María Hinojosa.

Clyde Williams on THE PEREZ NOTES

Danny Figueroa on THE PEREZ NOTES

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Walter Mosley on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, State Assembly candidate for the 57th AD Walter Mosley. Here are some of Walter's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Vito Lopez

"He's expressed indirectly his support of my campaign, and we will have an official meeting once we officially announce the campaign."

UFT and Hakeem Jeffries

"I know that the Assemblyman has had meetings with the UFT, I think they've cleared the air. I don't think it has had any direct negative impact on me. I think they're looking at me solely as the person that I am, the candidate that I am solely, and apart from that issue. Obviously, they know that Assemblyman Jeffries support with my support, we might share some of the same ideals, but my family has had long ties with UFT going back decades."


"We anticipate again, if the primary is in September raising between 140, and 160, if the primary is in June around 90 to 100 thousand dollars."


"We have Scott Levenson from the Advance Group, Lauren Bierman and Michael Gaspard will be handling the campaign from the management side, and then we have George Arzt communications will be handling the communications side with Lupe Todd."

La lucha distrital -

La lucha distrital -
Al parecer, hay paz en el valle. Mis fuentes me dijeron que hay un principio de acuerdo entre El Bronx, Harlem y el norte de Manhattan en la lucha por la redistribución de distritos.

Las semillas del acuerdo se plantaron en un restaurante del centro de Manhattan. La reunión fue organizada por el reverendo Al Sharpton, y el poderoso agente Charlie King. Estuvieron presentes en la reunión, el asambleísta Carl Heastie, jefe del Partido Demócrata de El Bronx; el presidente de El Bronx Rubén Díaz Jr., el exgobernador David Paterson, el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat, el líder del condado de Westchester Reginald Lafayette, y el líder del Condado de Manhattan Keith Wright, quien se encontraba con su jefa de gabinete Jeanine Johnson.

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King and Sharpton Help Broker Agreement El Diario La Prensa

Apparently, there is peace in the valley. My sources tell me that there is an agreement in principle between the Bronx, Harlem and northern Manhattan in the redistricting fight.

The seeds of the agreement were planted at a restaurant in Manhattan. The meeting was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Democratic power broker Charlie King. Present at the meeting, were Bronx Democratic Party Boss Assemblyman Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., former Governor David Paterson, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Westchester County leader Reginald Lafayette, and representing Manhattan County leader Keith Wright, was his chief of staff Jeanine Johnson.

After the preliminary discussions brokered by Sharpton, several meetings were held to pursue these discussions. On Sunday in northern Manhattan, a meeting was held that included State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, State Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, and other community leaders to discuss strategy, and later that same day , the Bronx Democratic organization had its session and the Harlem crowd had its meeting.

Under the agreement, the seat proposed by the Dominican-American National Roundtable will become a reality. The new district would be divided as follows 30% in Manhattan, 40% in the Bronx and 30% in Queens. The proposed Rangel seat would settle the dispute between Heastie and Wright, by dividing the county committee in two with a 49.5% for Manhattan, and 49.5% for the Bronx and Mount Vernon. Congressman Jose Serrano would take a portion of Queens, but approximately 85% of his district would be in the Bronx.

But like everything in politics a second is an eternity, and what the courts determine could undo this agreement in its entirety. I heard from a source from Harlem that there is no agreement, even though someone told me that the Manhattan borough leader, Keith Wright supported the agreement. There is not, the source said. Another source said to me, that all parties involved preferred a political solution, rather than leaving it in the hands of the courts, to avoid a battle between the Latino community, and the African American community.

I was also told that, Assemblyman Carl Heastie, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. would support Senator Espaillat for the new seat, despite what was initially said that the Bronx delegation would only support a 'Bronxite' for it.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Vince Morgan on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, Congressional candidate for the 15th CD Vince Morgan. Here are some of Vince's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.


"When you use language like protecting a historically black district, it's almost offensive to the other minorities who have been in that district, and who by natural progression of the districts have become the majority, in some cases, so by saying, we need to change the lines to protect an individual in the form of the incumbent, or a political apparatus in the form of an incumbents political machine, and people who he feels, should be in line to win that congressional seat, if he decides to leave, or retire. It's unfortunate, and unfair this congressional district has been minority Hispanic for years."

"The Hispanic population has been here for a long time, and has been growing they've raised their families here, and have just as much history, the famous stories of El Barrio, and salsa, and all of that in East Harlem."

"So the whole notion, that we're gonna change the district to create a black district, is really to me code, to say we're gonna create a district that makes it easier for our candidate, or the incumbents candidate to actually win that seat."

Charles Rangel

"We're like milk, we all have an expiration date, and you know Mr. Rangel is past that expiration date on the milk, you know, we need some fresh milk, and I'm that fresh cup of milk."