Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dominican Bundlers Emerge to raise $$ for Espaillat El Diario La Prensa

POR: Roberto Pérez | 04/25/2012 | El Diario


When Dominican President Leonel Fernandez was in town two weeks ago attending a UN activity he also attended an event with Dominican elected officials at the Plaza Hotel.

Present at the event were Assemblyman Nelson Castro, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and a number of other officials and businessmen. This meeting was different from prior ones because now, Adriano Espailat, is running for Congress.

According to some who were there, and others who heard what happened, President Fernandez publicly announced his support of Espaillat for Congress.

Sources tell me that the meeting ended up being very positive for Espaillat because Dominican money men like the president of the Fine Fair supermarkets Rudy Fuertes and concert promoter and owner of the Casa del Mofongo Felix Cabrera vowed to raise money for him.

The amounts of money Espaillat has managed to secure so far vary depending on who you talk to, but I've heard consistently that his campaign has managed to secure at least $ 250,000, and Dominican entrepreneurs have emerged vowing to raise at least a million dollars to take their countryman to Congress. That sounds like a lot of money to raise by June, but we'll see.

Espaillat raised $ 62.055 in three months, which is impressive considering he's running against an institution in Charles Rangel. It will be very interesting to see if these pledges come true.

In another related matter, the Espaillat campaign on Saturday hosted a breakfast for its volunteers and friends, which is customary. Breakfast was at Caridad restaurant in East Harlem. I'm told that among those present was Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito, who has yet to endorse anyone in this race. This is interesting because the Rangel camp will most likely support Councilwoman Inez Dickens for Speaker of the City Council-a position which Viverito covets, and East Harlem Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, who supports Rangel, ran against Viverito. We'll see who supports whom here.

Llueven $$ dominicanos para Espaillat - eldiariony.com


Llueven $$ dominicanos para Espaillat - eldiariony.com

Cuando el presidente dominicano Leonel Fernández estuvo en la ciudad hace dos semanas atendiendo una actividad de la ONU también asistió a un evento de funcionarios electos dominicanos en el Hotel Plaza.

Allí estaban el asambleísta Nelson Castro, el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat, varios otros funcionarios y empresarios. Esta reunión era diferente a otras porque uno de los presentes, Adriano Espailat, está corriendo para el Congreso.

Según algunos que estuvieron allí, y otros que escucharon lo que pasó, el Presidente Fernández públicamente lanzó su apoyo a las aspiraciones de Espaillat para el Congreso.

Dicen que la reunión terminó siendo muy positiva para Espaillat porque el presidente de los supermercados Fine Fair Rudy Fuertes y el promotor de conciertos y dueño de la Casa del Mofongo Félix Cabrera prometieron recaudar fondos para él.

Los montos que Espaillat ha logrado asegurar hasta ahora varían dependiendo de con quién se hable, pero he escuchado consistentemente que su campaña ha logrado asegurar al menos $250,000, y que empresarios dominicanos se han planteado recaudar alrededor de un millón de dólares para llevar a su paisano al Congreso. Eso suena como mucho dinero para reunir de aquí a junio cuando son las primarias, pero ya veremos.

Espaillat recaudó $62,055 en tres meses, lo que es impresionante considerando que corre contra una institución como Charles Rangel. Será bien interesante ver si estas promesas financieras se vuelven realidad.

En otro asunto relacionado, la campaña de Espaillat ofreció un desayuno el sábado para sus voluntarios y amigos, algo que se acostumbra. El desayuno fue en el restaurante Caridad de East Harlem. Me dicen que entre los asistentes estaba la concejal Melissa Mark Viverito, quien aún no apoya a nadie en esta carrera . Esto es interesante porque la campaña de Rangel muy probablemente respaldará a la concejal Inez Dickens para presidenta del Concejo –un puesto al que Viverito parece aspirar. Además el asambleísta de East Harlem Robert Rodríguez, quien apoya a Rangel, corrió en contra de Viverito. Veremos quién apoya a quién aquí.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rangel CM Moises Perez on THE PEREZ NOTES Part 3.

Candidates Preparing to run for Linares Seat El Diario La Prensa

Assemblyman Guillermo Linares has not officially declared that he is running for state senate, but that has not stopped, Gabriela Rosa from the office of Assemblyman Denny Farrell, to begin to position herself for his seat.

Rosa is having a press conference Thursday to announce her campaign. She ran against Linares for the post in 2010, coming third with 12% of the vote.

My sources tell me that the district leader Manny De Los Santos is also exploring running in the 72nd AD, and that the attorney Julissa Gomez, who came second in 2010 with 24% of the electorate is not interested in running again.

It is interesting that Assemblyman Linares has decided to remain neutral in the Rangel vs. Espaillat race. Because I'm hearing that Espaillat's camp is planning on running candidates against Linares and his allies, which include new district leader Albania Lopez, the price for not supporting Espaillat against Rangel.

The rumor is that, in exchange for Linares publicly supporting Espaillat for Congress when they were campaigning for a new Latino Congressional District, Espaillat had agreed to support López for district leader, Mayra Linares vacated the post when she went to work with the Cuomo administration. According to my sources, Espaillat supporters feel betrayed by Linares and are plotting ways to get revenge, if Linares does not support Espaillat for Congress.

Gabriela Rosa is a close ally of Espaillat, so she may receive his support. But in politics things can change and Linares has not supported anyone publicly or officially announced his candidacy for the Senate.

I'm hearing from the Bronx that former district leader Jose Padilla is planning an effort to unseat Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in the 79th AD. Padilla feels he was drawn out of the district when the changes were made to the electoral map's. There's a history there because Padilla defeated Stevenson in 2006 for the position of district leader. In a redistricting year Padilla need not live in the district to run. District 79 is now 58% Latino.

Gabriela Rosa por el puesto de Linares y… - eldiariony.com

Gabriela Rosa por el puesto de Linares y… - eldiariony.com

POR: Roberto Pérez | 04/18/2012 | El Diario

El asambleísta Guillermo Linares no ha declarado oficialmente que corre para el senado estatal, pero eso no ha parado a Gabriela Rosa, de la oficina del asambleísta Denny Farrell, de comenzar a posicionarse para su puesto.

Rosa planea una rueda de prensa mañana jueves para anunciar su campaña. Ella se postuló contra Linares para el puesto en 2010, llegando de tercera con 12% de los votos.

Mis fuentes dicen que el líder de distrito Manny De Los Santos también está explorando correr por el puesto, y que la abogada Julissa Gómez, que llegó de segunda en 2010 con 24% del electorado, no está interesa en volver a postularse.

Es interesante que el asambleísta Linares haya decidido permanecer neutral en la contienda Rangel vs. Espaillat. Por ahí dicen que la campaña del Senador Espaillat estaría planeando correr candidatos contra Linares y sus aliados, entre ellos la nueva líder de distrito Albania Lopez , el precio por no apoyarlo contra Rangel.

El rumor es que, a cambio de que Linares apoyara públicamente a Espaillat para el Congreso cuando estaban en campaña por un nuevo distrito congresional latino, Espaillat había acordado respaldar a López para líder de distrito que Mayra Linares dejó vacante cuando se fue a trabajar con la Administración Cuomo. Según mis fuentes, la gente de Espaillat se siente traicionada por Linares y están tramando maneras de vengarse si no apoyara a Espaillat para el Congreso.

Gabriela Rosa es una alíada cercana de Espaillat, así que es posible que reciba su apoyo. Pero en la política todo puede cambiar y Linares aún no ha apoyado a nadie públicamente, o anunciado oficialmente su candidatura para el senado.

De El Bronx me llega que el exlíder de distrito Jose Padilla estaría planeando un esfuerzo para desbancar al asambleísta por el distrito 79 Eric Stevenson. Padilla siente que él fue expulsado de su distrito cuando cambiaron el mapa electoral. Hay una historia allí porque Padilla venció a Stevenson en 2006 por el puesto de líder de distrito. En un año de redistribución electoral no tiene que vivir en su distrito. El Distrito 79 es actualmente 58% latino.

Rangel CM Moises Perez on THE PEREZ NOTES Part 2.

Rangel's Campaign Manager Moises Perez on THE PEREZ NOTES

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gale Brewer on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, Councilwoman Gale Brewer. Here are some of Gale's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Paid Sick Leave

"We have now, 37 co-sponsors of this bill, and more people, I think are going to be joining. To the credit of the Speaker, she understands health care, she was chair of the health committee, you know, her mother died of breast cancer, when she was fairly young , so she understands health care, and I think she's torn between, as you suggested, the chambers, and the fact, she understands this is a health care bill."

Teacher Evaluations

"I think the Governor's done the right thing. I think the compromise, could be that the parents, an internal discussion, that's what the Governor has proposed. I think that could work out."

Students First NY

"I think the UFT is not the issue. First of all, I'm the one that took Eva Moskowitz group to court to fight they're going into Brandeis high school. I lost unfortunately, but I have a record of doing that, that's a pretty bold step. There are some good charter's, I happen not to like the success model, that's my own personal decision, there are some good ones. I do not understand this new group. I think it's wrong. I don't understand, this new group, it gets me really upset. I have to be honest with you, I think that we should all be working together on improving the schools. I don't support this mandated co-location, where everybody is at each others throats, and if that's where this group is leading it's really bad, so I do not support this new group."

Manhattan BP run

"I haven't started. I am going to run, but, I haven't started, so I don't know, what to say about my fundraising, but, I've always been able to raise money, so I don't think that's going to be a problem. I want to get through this years budget, and work on the issues, that I think you mentioned, earlier in this conversation, I want to make sure that they're well on their way."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

¿Podrá Erik contra Nydia? - eldiariony.com

¿Podrá Erik contra Nydia? - eldiariony.com

Desde finales del año pasado, los Dilans han estado en un ataque constante contra la congresista Nydia Velazquez. Comenzó por ahí en la Navidad pasada cuando el consultor político Michael Olmeda predijo que "Nydia Velázquez se retirará a Puerto Rico el 31 de diciembre de 2012. Ahora puede gastar los millones que acumuló en sus 20 años de servicio".

Las bombas continuaron en la conferencia de Somos en Albany. Allí, durante un karaoke de medianoche donde estaba el presidente de Somos el asambleísta Félix Ortiz y otros políticos, el senador Martin Dilan habló al micrófono en tono confiado sobre una contienda contra Velázquez. En el mismo evento, Olmeda proclamó que no había perdido una campaña en cinco años y esta no sería la primera.

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Will Dilan Defeat Velazquez? El Diario La Prensa

Since late last year, the Dilans have been relentless in their attack's against Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. It started around Christmas when political consultant Michael Olmeda boldly predicted that "Nydia Velazquez will retire back to Puerto Rico on December 31, 2012. She can now spend the millions she's accumulated in her 20 years of service."

The bomb dropping continued at the Somos conference in Albany. During the midnight madness karaoke where Somos chair Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and other politicians, were present Senator Martin Dilan spoke into the microphone, and struck a very confident tone when discussing the race against Velazquez. At the same event, Olmeda proclaimed that he had not lost a campaign in five years and this would not be the first.

Over the weekend I spoke with Councilman Erik Dilan, Velazquez's opponent who has yet to qualify for the ballot, but went on offense against Velazquez record accusing her of being absent in the community and linking her to the foreclosure crisis and the debt ceiling debacle in Washington. Dilan said that Velazquez had failed to use her seniority in Congress. "What has seniority got us, what has seniority got our community, what has the seniority that she has in Washington, what are the deliverables to date, I haven't seen any.”

Ana Maria Archila, executive director of the Make the Road Action Fund, refuted Dilan's attacks. "Where is CM Dilan on paid sick days? Where was he when hate crimes were happening in Bushwick? Where was he when workers were not getting paid minimum wage? Where was he when immigrants were marching for the right to be with their families? Where is he when slumlords are trying to evict families to make more money? Maybe he’s busy on other, more important things."

I asked veteran campaign consultant Hank Sheinkopf what he thought about the race. "If Dilan had dough he'd be a real contender. It is a newly reconfigured district which could be won by anyone. She has incumbency and a record. And so does he. But she has the ability to raise money to communicate as a member of congress in greater amounts, and thus to have the professional help required.
She should win this time. Next time? All depends whom she faces and how well the fundraising goes."

Archila Defends Velazquez against Dilan

When I look back at the history of people in Bushwick, I can’t think of any other elected official who has been more committed to ending the exploitation of workers, fighting for immigration reform, or standing up against hate crimes.


When low-wage workers on Knickerbocker Avenue were fighting for the right to get paid a decent wage, Congresswoman Velazquez was there marching with them and protesting bad employers. In fact, she was the ONLY one there!


More recently, she stood with workers who are fighting to get paid sick days. CM Dilan has yet to say anything to support the thousands of workers in his district who cannot take a day off when they’re sick.


When Jose Sucuzhanay lost his life because of an awful hate crime, Rep Velzaquez stood with his family and worked with immigrant and civil rights organizations to shine a light on hate crimes, AND she introduced and passed hate crimes legislation in Washington.


And she has been a total fighter for immigration reform, constantly bringing stories of people in her districts to make the point to President Obama about the need for reform, and strategizing with immigrant leaders across the country to help move the debate forward. She was the one who delivered so many of the votes in Congress that ultimately resulted in the DREAM Act passing the house in 2010 (although the senate failed to pass the bill after all).


So you know, it’s interesting to think about the contrasts with her opponents. Where is CM Dilan on paid sick days? Where was he when hate crimes were happening in Bushwick? Where was he when workers were not getting paid minimum wage? Where was he when immigrants were marching for the right to be with their families? Where is he when slumlords are trying to evict families to make more money? Maybe he’s busy on other, more important things…

Ana Maria Archila Executive Director Make the Road Action Fund

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Erik Dilan on THE PEREZ NOTES

I had the opportunity to interview, congressional candidate for the 7th CD Councilman Erik Dilan. Here are some of Erik's views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Nydia Velazquez

"We have a representative that's rarely seen in the neighborhood, and I think spends more time in Washington certainly if I'm there, I'll have to go to Washington. But I'll also be here to represent the community as well, and be present in the community."

"While the democrats had control of the gavel in the beginning of the Obama presidency, they could have worked out among democrats, when they held the house, when they held the gavel, the senate had the gavel. They could have worked on a debt limit bill before the republicans had a chance to hijack that. That would have saved countless millions of Americans money on their mortgages, and their credit cards, they failed to do that, and she failed to show leadership in that regard."

"On the bank bailouts, while the country was in peril, you know certainly, I wouldn't have let the country fail, but there's many people in our district who suffered from fore closures, and she along with her colleagues, found no relief for the millions of people in the country, that were struggling with their own economy, and didn't get a bail out."

"What has seniority got us, what has seniority got our community, what has the seniority that she has in Washington, what are the deliverable's to date, I haven't seen any. Being a junior member also means I have time, and the future on my side, and we can help change Washington, and change America."

Vito Lopez

"We'll look, I'm certainly proud to have his support, but I would say that would be misleading. The county leader did not ask me to run. This is something that I've decided to do on my own. I certainly sought out his support, and I have his support, and at the end of the day people can say what they want, make any suggestion that they want, but I know exactly why I'm doing this, and that's all that matters to me."

Fundraising

"I have the ability to raise enough money that I need to win. Certainly I wont be able to match her dollar for dollar. But I think like all elections money is not the deciding factor in who wins, or loses the race. But money is important enough to be able to get your message out to the people, and I believe, I'll be able to raise sufficient funds to do that."


Joyce Johnson on THE PEREZ NOTES

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

2010 Race

"18% of the people turned out in that democratic primary, 82% felt that there was no reason to come, and vote at all, that is a real indictment on our political system."

"While the rest of the world is going about their merry way trying to make it, we are embroiled in theater."

Has she spoken with Congressman Rangel, or County Leader Keith Wright?

"No I did not, I did not because, I saw no purpose in it. I was running in the same contest as the congressman. Certainly did not believe that he would say, well welcome aboard. He did not the first time, there was surely no expectation. I also know that assembly member Keith Wright has had his eyes on this seat as well, or has been thought to be anointed, or certainly that it might be passed down to him. I saw no value likewise in going to him, and announcing. I did it the same way in 2012, that I did it in 2010. I took my case to the people.

Adriano Espaillat

"I welcome him, I am never afraid of competition."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pelea por respaldo de Guillermo Linares - eldiariony.com

Pelea por respaldo de Guillermo Linares - eldiariony.com

El melodrama tras bastidores que se ha generado en torno a la contienda electoral por el distrito congresional 13 no ha terminado. Hay rumores indicando que el asambleísta Guillermo Linares -quien actualmente es neutral en esa carrera- querría negociar un acuerdo, ya sea con el congresista Rangel o con el senador Adriano Espaillat, para lograr su respaldo.

Según dicen, a Linares le gustaría que Espaillat lo apoye para el Senado, si Espaillat gana, o si pierde. Linares está empeñado en postularse al Senado estatal, indican mis fuentes. Esto pondría a Espaillat en un enredo, ya que ha prometido su apoyo a Mark Levine. Y en política, la palabra lo es todo. Linares quiere reunir respaldo para su hija Mayra para conseguir el asiento en la Asamblea que actualmente él cupa.

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Francisco Moya on THE PEREZ NOTES

Is Linares Leveraging his Neutrality? El Diario La Prensa

POR: Roberto Pérez | 04/04/2012 | El Diario

The melodrama being generated in the race for the 13th Congressional District is just beginning. There are rumors that Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who is currently neutral in this race, would like to negotiate a deal, with either Congressman Rangel or Senator Adriano Espaillat, for his support.

Linares would like Espaillat to support him for Senate, if Espaillat wins but if he loses. Linares is determined to run for state Senate, according to my sources. This would put Espaillat in a bind, because he has pledged his support to Mark Levine. And in politics, your word is everything. Linares would also like to gather support for his daughter Mayra to replace him in the Assembly.

Linares-I-heard wants Congressman Rangel to support his daughter for his Assembly seat, in return for his support. If Espaillat loses, this creates another dilemma in September, with Mark Levine, Guillermo Linares and Espaillat possibly vying for the Senate seat. The Assembly seat could become a very powerful bargaining chip.

I'm hearing that Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo is supporting community activist Carlos Sierra for Male District Leader in the 84th AD. Sierra is also running for City Council in the 16th CD.

I also heard that Assemblyman Nelson Castro is preparing for a challenge from Richard Soto. This could be family affair, because Castro defeated Richard's brother, Mike, in 2008. Now Castro could face Richard, who could be looking to avenge Mike's defeat.

In the 15th Council District the names currently being mentioned are District Leader Yudelka Tapia and Joel R. Rivera, Vice Chair of the Bronx Democratic Party. The seat is currently held by Joel Rivera, no relation to Joel R. who lives in the 16th CD, but plans to move to the 15th CD to take advantage of sharing the same name as the incumbent. But the wildcard in this race is developer Radame Perez because of his deep pockets, if he decides to run, he could scare away all contender's. Radame has not made up his mind. I spoke to him a while back, and here's what he had to say. "For now you should know, that I am carefully thinking things through. In the next two months, I'll be calling on a group of friends to help me make the best decision."