Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SD 31 Forum in Hamilton Heights turns into Dominican Cockfight El Diario NY


POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/29/2012 | El Diario

The candidate forum held on Friday at the Hamilton Heights Social Club Los Bravos between State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, to see who will represent the 31st SD which includes Upper Manhattan, and parts of the West Side felt more like being in a Dominican cockfight arena than a forum.

Both candidates had entourages, which made the atmosphere feel like a boxing match rather than a debate.

Each time one of the candidates managed to 'strike a blow' supporters erupted in joy. The crowd seemed to be split 50-50 between the two candidates.

Among those present were prominent community leaders such as District Leader Maria Luna, Alianza Dominicana Founder Moises Perez, who ironically was sitting directly in front of his nemesis, Senator Adriano Espaillat, who never seemed to make eye contact with him. Jeanine Johnson, Chief of Staff of county and state leader Assemblyman Keith Wright, was also present, as well as District Leader Mark Levine .

If I had to pick a winner of the debate, I'd say it was a no contest because the moderator never had the crowd under control, and the forum was constantly interrupted by the supporters of the two politicians.

Espaillat tried to 'land some punches' by accusing Linares of being in the pockets of Landlords and of being responsible for the fact that there was no independent redistricting.

Linares countered that Espaillat was acting as if he didn't know that Albany was controlled by three men: Gov. Andrew Cuomo , Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate leader Dean Skelos.

When the floor was opened for questions, I got the impression that both sides had supporters, who preferred to make statements attacking the candidates rather than ask questions.

At the end of the day, the big loser was the community, and Alianza Dominicana employees who have yet to receive their payments.

Not once in the forum was the fate of the agency mentioned.

At the end of the debate there was no closing remarks by the candidates, because people were out of control, but both were removed from the premises by their followers as if they had won a world boxing title.

Where is Cabrera?

Councilman Fernando Cabrera was absent from the press conference to announce a proposal for an ice rink for the Kingsbridge Armory.

Present at the event were Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Nelson Castro and Assemblyman Jose Rivera. Cabrera has yet to take a public position on the matter, I hear he wants to hear from the community and see more negotiations with developers before deciding.

Foro en Alto Manhattan, una pelea de gallos dominicanos - eldiariony.com

Foro en Alto Manhattan, una pelea de gallos dominicanos - eldiariony.com

POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/29/2012 | El Diario

El foro de candidatos realizado el viernes en el Club Los Bravos de Hamilton Heights entre el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat y el asambleísta Guillermo Linares, para ver quién representará al Distrito 31 del Senado Estatal, en el Alto Manhattan, dio la impresión de ser más en una pelea de gallos que en un foro.

Ambos candidatos se presentaron con séquitos, lo que hizo que el ambiente se sintiera como si fuera un combate de boxeo en lugar de un debate.

Cada vez que uno de los candidatos conseguía 'asestar un golpe', sus partidarios estallaban en alborozo. La multitud parecía estar dividida 50-50 entre ambos candidatos.

Entre ellos estaban destacados líderes de la comunidad como la líder de distrito María Luna y el fundador de Alianza Dominicana Moisés Pérez, quien estaba sentado irónicamente directamente en frente de su enemigo, el senador Adriano Espaillat, que nunca pareció tener contacto visual con él. Jeanine Johnson, jefa de personal del líder condal y estatal Keith Wright, también estuvo presente, así como el líder distrital Mark Levine.

Si tuviera que elegir un ganador del debate, yo diría que no fue una contienda, porque nunca el moderador tuvo a la multitud bajo control, y el foro era constantemente interrumpido por los partidarios de ambos políticos.

Espaillat intentó 'dar algunos ganchos' al acusar a Linares de estar a favor de los propietarios y de ser responsable del hecho de que no hubo una redistribución independiente.

Linares contraatacó diciendo que Espaillat se comportaba como si no supiera que Albany era dirigida por tres hombres: el gobernador Andrew Cuomo, el presidente de la Asamblea del estado Sheldon Silver, y el líder del Senado Dean Skelos.

Cuando el foro se abrió para las preguntas, dio la impresión de que ambas partes tenían simpatizantes, que preferían hacer declaraciones atacando a los candidatos en lugar de hacer preguntas.

Al final del día, la gran perdedora fue la comunidad, y los empleados de Alianza Dominicana que aún no han recibido sus pagos.

Ni una sola vez en el foro se mencionó la suerte de dicha agencia.

Al final del debate no hubo palabras de clausura por parte de los candidatos, porque la gente estaba fuera de control y, sin embargo, ambos fueron sacados del recinto por sus seguidores como si hubieran ganado un título mundial de boxeo.

¿Dónde está Cabrera?
El concejal Fernando Cabrera estuvo ausente en la conferencia de prensa para anunciar una propuesta sobre una pista de patinaje sobre hielo para la Armería de Kingsbridge.

Allí estuvieron presentes el presidente de El Bronx Rubén Díaz Jr., el senador estatal Gustavo Rivera, asambleísta Nelson Castro y el asambleista Jose Rivera. Escuché que Cabrera no tiene todavía una posición pública sobre el asunto, supuestamente porque quiere escuchar la opinión de la comunidad y ver más negociaciones con los desarrolladores antes de pronunciarse.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rick Gonzalez on THE PEREZ NOTES



Rick Gonzalez (born June 30, 1979) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Timo Cruz in the motion picture Coach Carter, and as Ben Gonzalez on the CW supernatural drama television series Reaper.

Gonzalez started his acting career in New York where he landed a small role in the made for television movie Thicker Than Blood (1998) as Sanchez. In 1999, he made his feature movie debut as Ricky in the movie Mambo Cafe, which was released in the year 2000. He followed that by participating in the film Prince of Central Park (2000) before heading for Los Angeles, California.[3][dead link] In Hollywood, he landed a small part as a gangbanger in the 2001 film Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. He followed that with the roles of Rudy Bonilla in The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid and as the sex-crazed Primo in the 2003 movie Biker Boyz. In 2005, he played the role of Timo Cruz in the movie Coach Carter. Gonzalez also appeared in Twista's video "Hope", which is the lead single off the Coach Carter movie soundtrack. He played the male lead in Mashonda's "Back of Tha Club" video; and has also starred in the video to the Obie Trice song "Snitch", where he plays a member of a group who successfully pull off a bank robbery, and then snitches on them. Gonzalez was also in Red Cafe's video for "All Night Long" which was also in the Coach Carter movie soundtrack.
Among the other movies in which Gonzalez has participated in are the 2003 comedy Old School (alongside Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell) as "Spanish", Laurel Canyon (2003) as Wyett, Subway Cafe (2004) as Vincent Young, War of the Worlds (2005) as Vincent, Roll Bounce (2005) as Naps, Pulse (2006) as Stone, First Snow (2006) as Andy Lopez,[4] Illegal Tender (2007) as Wilson DeLeon Jr.,[4] What We Do Is Secret (2007) as Pat Smear.
His TV guest appearances have been in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2000), Touched by an Angel (2001) as Ramone, ER (2001) as Jorge Escalona, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002) as Tomas, The Shield (2002), CSI: Miami (2006), Castle (2010), Lie to Me (2010), and Bones (2011). Most recently, he co-starred in the CW television series Reaper as Ben Gonzalez. Gonzalez had a blog about the 2008 MLB Post Season and was nicknamed the "October Gonzo". He co-starred in Lady Gaga's 2011 music video for her single "Judas" where he portrays Jesus.

EastWillyB Co-Creator Julia Grob on THE PEREZ NOTES



EastWillyB Co-Creator and Executive Producer Julia Grob

An actor and creative producer of Chilean and Jewish heritage, Julia was born and raised in New York City and graduated with honors from Brown University. Her one-woman show HE(R)EVOLUTION toured nationally and internationally, including performances at 2007 JP Morgan Latino Cultural Festival (NY) and the 2007 Salvador Allende Festival For Peace (Toronto). Her 2005 interactive video "The Beat Back Bush Workout" won the coveted Crowd Pleaser Award at the New York Hip-Hop Odyssey Film Festival. In 2006, Julia was a featured as an emerging artist in Latina Magazine. Her writing has been published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S. (Oxford University Press, 2005) and We Got Issues! A Young Woman's Guide to a Bold, Courageous, and Empowered Life (Inner Ocean Press, 2006). Named one of 25 emerging theater artists by Kevin Spacey, Julia is a proud member of the New Voices Network, and a founding member of At Play Productions, the resident company of the 24 Hour Play Company.

Joell Ortiz on THE PEREZ NOTES



Joell Ortiz was born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn,New York. Ortiz grew up in the Cooper Park Houses in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, formerly signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label. He was featured in the Unsigned Hype column of the March 2004 issue of The Source Magazine and was also selected as Chairman's Choice in XXL Magazine. During the same time Joell also went on to win the 2004 EA Sports Battle which earned his song Mean Business a spot on the NBA Live 2005 soundtrack. The same year he was offered a contract to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label. The deal quickly went sour which caused Joell to start beef with Jermaine. Joell has since collaborated with KRS-One and Kool G. Rap. Joell released his street album called "The Brick: Bodega Chronicles" April 24, 2007, on Koch Records. The album was recorded while Joell was trying to get signed and going through some tough times personally. Even though he was signed to Aftermath Entertainment, Dr. Dre allowed him to release the street album on Koch Records. The Brick features productions from Showbiz, The Alchemist, Domingo, Ho Chi from Killahertz Productions, Lil' Fame of M.O.P., Novel, and Moss, among others. Guest spots include Big Daddy Kane, Styles P, Big Noyd, M.O.P, Akon, Immortal Technique, Grafh, Ras Kass, Stimuli, and Novel. Joell Ortiz is 1/4 of supergroup Slaughterhouse who released their highly anticipated Slaughterhouse EP on February 8, 2011. The group are also releasing their highly anticipated second studio album Welcome to: Our House on August 28th, 2012.

Ortiz parted ways with Aftermath Entertainment on April 15, 2008.
Joe Budden reached out to Crooked I, Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Nino Bless for a track titled "Slaughterhouse" on his digital release, Halfway House.[5] Based on the reception of the track, they decided to form a super-group, minus Nino Bless, and named it after the first song they made together. They released numerous songs throughout early 2009, building a buzz for their self-titled album which was released through E1 on August 11, 2009. The album features production from Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, plus guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, K-Young, and The New Royales. In 2010 the group signed to Shady Records and left E1 Entertainment.
A remix of Joell Ortiz' "Hip Hop" featuring Jadakiss and Saigon appeared on a fictitious urban radio station in the popular video game GTA IV.

Ortiz started to have problems with E1 Entertainment and after almost a year, Ortiz left the label on November 5, 2010. In August 2010 Ortiz was in talks, about signing a deal with Steve Rifkind's label SRC Records. However the deal was never finished.
In an October 31, 2010, interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Ortiz discussed his relationship with Eminem and the flood of record labels that have flocked to sign him after his Free Agent album was released. He also spoke of Eminem's excitement at working with him.
In 2011, Ortiz became an unsigned independent artist, after failing to sign with SRC Records.
During Slaughterhouse 2012 tour, the group stopped in Las Vegas, Nevada at Bootleg Kev's radio show, where they talked about their upcoming album Welcome to: Our House, their work with Eminem, and was revealed that Ortiz is now signed to Shady Records as a solo act.
To round out 2012 Joell as part of the group Slaughterhouse they released the highly anticipated album 'Welcome To Our House' on August 28[13] and also features alongside Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound and Big Dave (rapper) on the single 'Hey Girl' taken from Big Dave's debut album 'Self Made' due out September 25.
Controversy

Following the release of his 2011 song "Big Pun Back", Ortiz received criticism from Liza Rios (Pun's widow) along with Tony Sunshine and Cuban Link of Terror Squad, claiming the song was "disrespectful" to the late rapper's memory. Ortiz claims the song was meant to be a tribute, and later Fat Joe spoke up in his defense.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Narvaez airs issues with Bronx Party ED Bravo and the BCYD


Dear Roberto,

Since my resignation in April, I have debated contacting you. I have a great relationship with chairman Carl E. Hastie, my only problem is his Executive Director Ischia Bravo. Who is now running the show behind the scenes of the Bronx Young Democrats.

The group I envisioned the Bronx Young Democrats being, is no longer what the organization is. I started the organization without the county 2 years ago as you can see via this link.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/bronx_finally_getting_official_young_SCwjY5us9s0uPc4h6ZzWcO

It was that October that I was asked to become Interim President of the Charter and in October we announced the Interim Board and the group.

After the group was announced in October another meeting was not called until February of the this year 2012.

http://www.norwoodnews.org/id=6402&story=tonight-first-meeting-of-reconstituted-young-bronx-democrats-club/

After that April was the next event, after finalizing the April flyer for fundraiser for the Bronx Young Democrats.
Just 2 days before fundraiser Ms. Bravo via text was very rude....when I explained to her an email blast had not been sent to members about fundraisers because I never received an email instructing me to do so, and that the flyer was indeed approved.

Ms. Bravo sent me and I-phone screen Shot of a text she sent me, I honestly never received. Normally a hiccup like this could have been rectified. I am a professional and you can research many of the work I have done for the Senate.

As you can see I have never worked for a member in the Bronx. I simply lived in the "Poorest Congressional District in the nation"-Jose Serrano, and sought to enlighten the youth of the Bronx on their local government, policy affecting their lives, and engaging youth in the democratic process. In a non-partisan way.

My reason for resigning is Ms. Bravo and I did not share the same vision as to what exactly the Bronx Young Democrats should be.

Along with my resignation in April, My secretary Ana Ulloa, My Parliamentarian Kareem Maylor, and Frank Fraoli who was the Sargent-of-Arms, also were off the Board by the time the April Fundraiser rolled around. In 2 days replacements were shuffled in on time for Fundraiser.

My specific problems were and still are:

* members were not involved in voting on new interim-members.

* I am no longer on the email blast of Board Members as Ex-officer?

*under the current bi-laws of the group,
elections will not be held for another year and 1/2.(That's a pretty long term for interim members).

As President, I should have been able to organize "on my own", without the oversight and controlling ways of Ms. Bravo.
And make no mistake this is in no way a reflection of the Chairman, as I am aware he was in Session and probably has no idea of the way Ms. Bravo conducts herself when it comes to the BYD, because it is not a priority of his list. As it should not be with the other things the Chairman has on his plate.

I.E. Voter registration at the local colleges, bringing in young leaders from other organizations on how to engage youth, I had to stop my Voter registration drives with Get in the Game at Yankee Stadium, and at the local colleges.

I often questioned why the members were not apart of certain activities, i.e. endorsements, since the my departure apparently they are endorsing candidates.


Who voted on these endorsements?
Was is the Board?
a combination of the board and members,
or just an executive decision from Ms. Bravo.

The Board should not be comprised of cherry picked staff of the elected officials in the Bronx. It should represent the Youth of the Bronx. People who have advocated on issues, or lobbied on youth policies. People who represent the youth. Not the staff representing the young staffers of the Elected Officials.

The new Board Members all have a personal relationship with Ms.Bravo and work for members in the Bronx, which I believe is the perfect recipe for no independent thinking, which leads to a non-effective board.

When will the Youth have a true Bronx Young Democratic Organization that truly represents the young people in the Bronx. Sadly I am no longer a resident of the Bronx, and can no longer advocate for the youth as I did as a resident. I hope someone will hear my plea and take up the torch I have passed. Keep the electeds working for us....and not the other way around.

Sincerely,

--
Lailoni Narvaez

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chou Campaign Continues to Blister Flores-Vazquez


The Yen Chou campaign continues to blister their opponent Martha Flores Vazquez. Here is the latest grenade, sent to me by Campaign Manager Michael Olmeda. Both candidates are running to replace Assemblywoman Grace Meng in the 40th AD.

Martha has to be dumber than an ox or still drunk from last night. According to NYS campaign finance filings Martha has raised $2,600 and spent $0. (see attached)
As she stated "her friends and family gave her money to pay for her posters and literature", if true, then she is breaking the law, because she is suppose
to report that as an expenditure. Now that she was dumb enough to put that in writing, I am personally sending this information to the State for investigation.
My question is what person running for office is this dumb to publicly say she is doing something illegal?

Respectfully,
--
Michael Olmeda

MFV FOR ASSEMBLY (MARTHA FLORES-VAZQUEZ FOR ASSEMBLY)
2012 32 Day Pre Primary Report Summary Page
Opening Balance $100.00
Contributions $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Receipts $.00
Total Receipts $2,500.00
Total Expenses $.00
Closing Balance $2,600.00
Report Date 08/24/12 03:08:53

MFV FOR ASSEMBLY (MARTHA FLORES-VAZQUEZ FOR ASSEMBLY)
2012 July Periodic Report Summary Page
Opening Balance $.00
Contributions $100.00
Miscellaneous Receipts $.00
Total Receipts $100.00
Total Expenses $.00
Closing Balance $100.00
Report Date 08/24/12 03:08:59

Update

Martha Flores-Vazquez Responds

Thank you for the updates, Posters that are purchased on August 14,2012 go in the 11 Day Pre- Primary report.. The Cut off date for the prior 32 day report was August 9, 2012 which needed to be submitted by August 13,2012.. Posters where purchased after the 13th of August..


Please I am very busy trying to win a election, I am aware that consultants get paid to distract a candidate running against the person they work for.. I ran into Yen Chou at the Macedonia church and we were able to shake hands on a day of spiritual worship. I'm sure she will control my Puerto Rican brother. I will pray for him to release his anger in a different way..

Bless you too..

Martha

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Phil Colon on THE PEREZ NOTES Pt. 2



PHIL COLON – FOUNDER & CEO
Mr. Colón is co-Founder & CEO of Project 2050 Inc. Project 2050 is an ideas and solutions agency that helps build strong relationships between brands and consumers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the year 2050 a "tipping point" will occur whereby ethnic groups will exceed 50% of the U.S. population -- thus becoming the new mainstream (this is already occurring in major metropolitan cities across the U.S.). Project 2050 assists brands in reaching this new generation of multicultural youth by steering and engaging them around a brand's culture and lifestyle. Clients include: NIKE, Brand Jordan, NBA, TARGET, Boost Mobile, EA Sports, New Era, DISNEY and 20th Century Fox.

In addition, Mr. Colón along with actress Rosario Dawson co-founded Voto Latino in 2004. Voto Latino (501 C3) is a non-partisan, youth driven, multi-issue, national organization founded for the purpose of creating a unified voice for Latino youth and young adults on issues that impact their lives on a daily basis. While Mr. Colón was actively involved in the operations of Voto Latino (2004-2007), he was instrumental in registering nearly 525,000 new Latino voters across the U.S. utilizing street teams, college campus representatives, student organizations, community groups and social networking/media. In 2007, Mr. Colón stepped down from the operation of Voto Latino to focus more attention on the development of Project 2050. Mr. Colón has taken on the title of Honorary Chairman & Founder for the organization.

In 2000, Mr. Colón co-founded The Vox Collective the nation's first full service communications and branding agency focusing primarily on the Latino youth and young adult markets. The agency's approach is one of leveraging culture over language, a traditional pitfall in U.S. Latino marketing. Since its inception, The VOX Collective has been helping clients such as Vonage, Macy's, Verizon Wireless, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and General Motors connect with this expanding and influential consumer base.

Before helping to form The VOX Collective, Phil made his home at Coca-Cola North America. At Coca-Cola he held the position of Senior Urban Brand Manager for Coca-Cola Trademark Brands, and was responsible for managing the Northeastern Group. At Coca-Cola, Phil was directly responsible for developing and implementing strategies and plans for Coca-Cola Classic, Sprite and Diet Coke consistent with national brand positioning and relevancy to the local marketplace. He also provided consumer marketing expertise, system leadership supporting the planning and execution of marketing programs, and managed a multi-million dollar P&L. He was also responsible for crafting the company's strategy for targeting the U.S. Hispanic market, a growing consumer segment for the company.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Colón helped create Urban Latino Magazine, where he served as President, a publication that targets the U.S. Latino youth market. During his tenure he was responsible for growing the title from a once 26 page black and white local publication to a 148-page full color magazine with National reach. He was also responsible for extending the magazine's brand via strategic marketing/promotions alliances. In addition, he also created and launched a television project called "American Latino TV" that is currently distributed nationally in over 30 million homes.

Mr. Colón has also served the marketing industry as a consultant, offering expertise in the areas of consumer behavior, youth marketing, ethnic marketing, brand development and corporate communications. He has worked with notable Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Colón consulted NBC on how to better leverage and evolve it's newly acquired network called mun2, the nations first channel dedicated to U.S. Latino youth. Prior to that, Mr. Colón worked on the rebrand of MTV-S now called MTV Tres (www.tr3s.com)

Considered by many within the branding community as a trusted source of trend marketing, and in identifying cultural movements, Mr. Colón has been regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Brand Week and The New York Times, just to name a few. He has also been featured on various television news shows such as: WNBC, WABC, CNN, FOX 5 and Univision: where he has been labeled an expert in ethnic youth marketing and political issues affecting youth. He has also made appearances on notable news shows such as: Night Line, Good Day New York, Power Lunch with Michelle Cabera, Hispanic Horizons, Visiones, and Hispanics Today, just to name a notable few. Mr. Colón has also been a featured speaker for organizations such as: SRI (Strategic Research Institute), Urban Institute and the Youth Trends Conference.

Phil is a graduate of Bernard M Baruch College in New York City with a BA in International Business and a minor in Corporate Communications. Phil's' enjoys architecture, design, art, music, and technology. He resides between both coasts in Los Angeles and New York with his wife Angela and daughter Stella.

Phil Colon on THE PEREZ NOTES



PHIL COLON – FOUNDER & CEO
Mr. Colón is co-Founder & CEO of Project 2050 Inc. Project 2050 is an ideas and solutions agency that helps build strong relationships between brands and consumers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the year 2050 a "tipping point" will occur whereby ethnic groups will exceed 50% of the U.S. population -- thus becoming the new mainstream (this is already occurring in major metropolitan cities across the U.S.). Project 2050 assists brands in reaching this new generation of multicultural youth by steering and engaging them around a brand's culture and lifestyle. Clients include: NIKE, Brand Jordan, NBA, TARGET, Boost Mobile, EA Sports, New Era, DISNEY and 20th Century Fox.

In addition, Mr. Colón along with actress Rosario Dawson co-founded Voto Latino in 2004. Voto Latino (501 C3) is a non-partisan, youth driven, multi-issue, national organization founded for the purpose of creating a unified voice for Latino youth and young adults on issues that impact their lives on a daily basis. While Mr. Colón was actively involved in the operations of Voto Latino (2004-2007), he was instrumental in registering nearly 525,000 new Latino voters across the U.S. utilizing street teams, college campus representatives, student organizations, community groups and social networking/media. In 2007, Mr. Colón stepped down from the operation of Voto Latino to focus more attention on the development of Project 2050. Mr. Colón has taken on the title of Honorary Chairman & Founder for the organization.

In 2000, Mr. Colón co-founded The Vox Collective the nation's first full service communications and branding agency focusing primarily on the Latino youth and young adult markets. The agency's approach is one of leveraging culture over language, a traditional pitfall in U.S. Latino marketing. Since its inception, The VOX Collective has been helping clients such as Vonage, Macy's, Verizon Wireless, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and General Motors connect with this expanding and influential consumer base.

Before helping to form The VOX Collective, Phil made his home at Coca-Cola North America. At Coca-Cola he held the position of Senior Urban Brand Manager for Coca-Cola Trademark Brands, and was responsible for managing the Northeastern Group. At Coca-Cola, Phil was directly responsible for developing and implementing strategies and plans for Coca-Cola Classic, Sprite and Diet Coke consistent with national brand positioning and relevancy to the local marketplace. He also provided consumer marketing expertise, system leadership supporting the planning and execution of marketing programs, and managed a multi-million dollar P&L. He was also responsible for crafting the company's strategy for targeting the U.S. Hispanic market, a growing consumer segment for the company.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Colón helped create Urban Latino Magazine, where he served as President, a publication that targets the U.S. Latino youth market. During his tenure he was responsible for growing the title from a once 26 page black and white local publication to a 148-page full color magazine with National reach. He was also responsible for extending the magazine's brand via strategic marketing/promotions alliances. In addition, he also created and launched a television project called "American Latino TV" that is currently distributed nationally in over 30 million homes.

Mr. Colón has also served the marketing industry as a consultant, offering expertise in the areas of consumer behavior, youth marketing, ethnic marketing, brand development and corporate communications. He has worked with notable Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Colón consulted NBC on how to better leverage and evolve it's newly acquired network called mun2, the nations first channel dedicated to U.S. Latino youth. Prior to that, Mr. Colón worked on the rebrand of MTV-S now called MTV Tres (www.tr3s.com)

Considered by many within the branding community as a trusted source of trend marketing, and in identifying cultural movements, Mr. Colón has been regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Brand Week and The New York Times, just to name a few. He has also been featured on various television news shows such as: WNBC, WABC, CNN, FOX 5 and Univision: where he has been labeled an expert in ethnic youth marketing and political issues affecting youth. He has also made appearances on notable news shows such as: Night Line, Good Day New York, Power Lunch with Michelle Cabera, Hispanic Horizons, Visiones, and Hispanics Today, just to name a notable few. Mr. Colón has also been a featured speaker for organizations such as: SRI (Strategic Research Institute), Urban Institute and the Youth Trends Conference.

Phil is a graduate of Bernard M Baruch College in New York City with a BA in International Business and a minor in Corporate Communications. Phil's' enjoys architecture, design, art, music, and technology. He resides between both coasts in Los Angeles and New York with his wife Angela and daughter Stella.

Flushing Assembly race gets nasty!


The race for the assembly seat in the 40th AD has taken a nasty turn. When I sent out a recent email notice informing my listserv, of my recent interview with candidate Yen Chou. I received a response email from another candidate in the contest Martha Flores Vazquez accusing the Chou campaign of the following. "Yen Chou has been covering my poster's with her poster and she intimidates everyone. She will not win."

I reached out to the Chou campaign to see if the claims made by Flores Vazquez were true, and the Chou campaign responded by going straight for the jugular. Here's how Campaign Manager Michael Olmeda responded to the accusations." My response to the indignant comments made by Martha Flores-Vazquez in reference to the Yen Chou campaign is that Martha should get off her bar stool pulpit and get out there and talk to the people. According to her recent campaign filings with the Finance Board, Martha has no posters or literature to put up. Perhaps the Department of Investigation should look into her not-for-profit and see if she is using agency money to fund her campaign. People like this, that rob from our community, and then divide it, should not be allow to run for office. What a waste..."

Update

Martha Flores Vazquez Responds

"I purchase my poster's at GQ printing My friends and family invested their hard earned money. This is all documented in my campaign finance report but I am not surprised to hear Omeida make remarks like that because just like Yen Chou he does not live in my district. Those are negative tactics."

Rivera has some explaining to do El Diario NY


Roberto Perez | 08/22/2012 | El Diario

Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera is in one hot mess. Not only must she worry about her well funded opponent, Mark Gjonaj, but she must also fend off accusations that she crossed the line when she hired her alleged lover.

I called veteran Bronx political consultant Joe Ithier, to hear his thoughts on the matter and to see how he would advise Rivera. He said this: " When she worked for us at the Bronx Borough President's office, I thought that she didn't have the caliber to be an elected official. Then when she was elected, I started hearing that her attendance record was poor to the point that she was scolded by then Speaker Pro Tempore Assemblyman Peter Rivera, her latenesses were viewed as an embarrassment to the Bronx Delegation. A lot of people have told her, you have to fix your attendance record. But, at the end of the day, the constituency determines if you get reelected. But, she needs to come clean and tell the truth, is Tommy Torres your lover is he your boyfriend. I also know Torres from his time working with Adam Clayton Powell IV congressional campaign and with Billy Thompson, and the issue with him becomes are you some type of male prostitute, so he has to clean things up as well."

State Committeeman Ricky Martinez, who is challenging Assemblyman Jose Rivera, informed me that because he chose to run against Rivera, that he has become persona non grata within the Bronx Democratic Party. Martinez said that after buying tickets to the county dinner, he was told. " By the messenger of the great prophet Carl Heastie spokesperson Patrick Jenkins that he was not welcome at the dinner." Martinez has been trying to get the support of Senator Adriano Espaillat, whom he helped in his run against Rep. Charles Rangel, Espaillat has not returned his phone call's.

I heard that Senator Gustavo Rivera's opponent Manny Tavarez, lost any chance he had of receiving support from Congressman Rangel, when he joined the ranks of the insurgent group led by Richard Soto . It seems that Rangel did not like the fact that Soto is helping Ricky Martinez run against Jose Rivera, who Rangel considers a close friend and ally. This ultimately led the Rangel forces, to shut the door on Tavarez.

Update

A source tells me that Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, was not responsible for the leaks to the New York Post, that have caused Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera so much grief as many have suspected. It turns out that the person supposedly behind this is none other than her opponent Mark Gjonaj. According to what I'm hearing, Gnojaj hired an opposition research person to dig up dirt on Rivera, and that he is ultimately responsible for the leaks to the New York Post. The source also tells me that Gnojaj, lost any chance he had of securing an endorsement from Velazquez, when he received the support of Senator Ruben Diaz. Velazquez, does not share some of the Reverends positions on certain issues, which ultimately led her to not endorse Gjonaj.

Naomi Rivera tiene mucho que explicar - eldiariony.com

Naomi Rivera tiene mucho que explicar - eldiariony.com

Roberto Perez | 08/22/2012 | El Diario

La asambleísta Naomi Rivera está metida en un problemón. No sólo tiene que enfrentar a un rival con bastante plata, Mark Gjonaj, sino que tiene que defenderse de acusaciones de que se pasó de la raya al contratar a un supuesto amante suyo.

Hablé de esto con el veterano político de El Bronx Joe Ithier, quien sabe bien cómo se bate el cobre en el condado de la salsa. Dijo esto: "Cuando ella trabajaba en la Presidencia de El Bronx yo pensaba que no tenía calibre de funcionario electo. Después que fue electa, decían que su asistencia era tan pobre que el entonces presidente temporal de la Asamblea Peter Rivera la regañó, porque sus retrasos eran una vergüenza para la delegación de El Bronx. (...) Ahora [más que su asistencia], tiene que explicar lo que pasó y decir la verdad: ¿Es o no amante o novia de Tommy Torres? Conozco a Torres desde que trabajó en la campaña al Congreso de Adam Clayton Powell IV y con Billy Thompson, y el asunto con él es si está actuando como un prostituto, así que él también tiene que dar explicaciones".

Si te metes con el cacique...

Ricky Martínez, quien está corriendo en contra del asambleísta José Rivera, dijo que sólo por ser candidato por ese puesto se ha convertido en una persona non grata dentro del Partido Demócrata de El Bronx. Martínez me dijo que después de comprar los boletos para la gala, le dijeron "a través Patrick Jenkins, vocero de Carl Heastie, que no estaba invitado a la cena". Martínez está tratando de ganar el apoyo del senador Adriano Espaillat, a quien ayudó a competir contra el congresista Charles Rangel, Espaillat no le ha devuelto la llamada.

Escuché que Manny Tavarez, el rival del senador Gustavo Rivera, perdió la oportunidad de conseguir el apoyo del congresista Rangel cuando se juntó con un grupo liderado por Richard Soto. Parece que a Rangel no le gustó el hecho de que Soto esté ayudando a Martínez a correr contra Rivera. Esto le cerró las puertas a Tavarez.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bernardo Ruiz on THE PEREZ NOTES



Bernardo Ruiz
Writer/Director/Producer

Reportero is Bernardo Ruiz's first documentary feature. He is currently serving as executive producer of two one-hour documentaries examining the nation's dropout crisis, as part of the public-media initiative American Graduate. Previously, he was the director/producer of American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS 2008), winner of the NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary. He was the co-producer of POV's The Sixth Section, a depiction of the transnational organizing efforts of a community of Mexican immigrants in New York. The film, which premiered on PBS in 2003, won the top short documentary prize at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.

Ruiz is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in film, and his work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Documentary Institute, Cinereach and ITVS, among others. In 2007, he founded Quiet Pictures in order to produce aesthetically innovative and socially relevant documentary films for all platforms. He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Yen Chou on THE PEREZ NOTES

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dominican Community Fractured on the day of the Parade El Diario NY


POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/16/2012 | El Diario

On Sunday, I was torn between which Dominican Parade breakfast to attend. There was one at the Marriott which Congressman Charles Rangel's people were sending invitations to, and another in the Dyckman Marina hosted by State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

I decided to attend the Espaillat sponsored event. At last years breakfast held at the Mamajuana Cafe, there was peace in the valley between Congressman Rangel, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares and Senator Espaillat, but this year, as we all know, things have changed.

I wanted to see if the establishment would shun Espaillat as retaliation for having run against Rangel, or if they would let sleeping dogs lie and pay their respects to the only Dominican elected official with a national profile.

It turns out that the latter proved to be the case, Espaillat's breakfast had a strong turnout. Among those attending were: ex Comptroller Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, consultant Roberto Ramirez, TWU President John Samuelson, Councilwoman and candidate for Public Advocate Tish James, Manhattan Borough President candidate Julie Menin, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, Senator Gustavo Rivera, and to everyone's surprise, County and State Democratic Party Leader Assemblyman Keith Wright. I thought that Wright's attendance at the breakfast was a smart move on his part. It demonstrates that he has the ability to put aside his differences with Espaillat for the good of the party. Noticeably absent was District Leader Mark Levine, something I thought was odd.

Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, Congressman Rangel, District Leader Maria Luna, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, and Councilman Robert Jackson attended the breakfast at the Marriott and I'm told that Linares and parade President Nelson Peña have buried the hatchet. A couple of years ago Peña wanted to kick Linares out of the parade.

Businessman Fernando Mateo and Dominican radio personality Coco Cabrera publicly came out in favor of Espaillat over Linares at the Marina and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Senator Espaillat reiterated the need to save Alianza Dominicana with honesty, which I interpreted as a subtle dig at Alianza founder Moises Perez, and his credibility. Perez has been going around saying, that Espaillat and Rodriguez have been sitting with their hands in their pockets while Alianza sinks. Senator Espaillat even took the time to have some fun at my expense, but it was not malicious, he said that despite the fact that all I do is attack him in El Diario, that I as well as everyone else was welcome at his breakfast.

En desfile nacional, dominicanos divididos - eldiariony.com

En desfile nacional, dominicanos divididos - eldiariony.com

POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/16/2012 | El Diario

El domingo, tenía la disyuntiva de a cuál desayuno del Desfile Dominicano debía asistir. Había uno en el hotel Marriott del congresista Charles Rangel; y otro en la Marina Dyckman del senador estatal Adriano Espaillat y el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez.

Decidí asistir al de Espaillat. En el desayuno del año pasado aún se respiraba cierta paz entre el congresista Rangel, el asambleísta Guillermo Linares y el senador Espaillat, pero este año, como todos sabemos, las cosas cambiaron.

Quería ver si los operadores iban a rechazar a Espaillat por haberse lanzado en contra de Rangel, o si iban a pagar respeto al único funcionario electo dominicano con un perfil nacional.

El desayuno de Espaillat tuvo una fuerte participación. Entre los que asistieron estaban: el excontralor Bill Thompson, el defensor público Bill Blasio, el contralor John Liu, el consultor Roberto Ramírez, el presidente de la TWU John Samuelson, la concejal y candidata a defensora pública Tish James, la candidata a presidenta del condado de Manhattan Julie Menin, la concejal Gale Brewer, el senador Gustavo Rivera, y para sorpresa de todos, el asambleísta Keith Wright, líder demócrata condal y estatal. Que Wright asistiera fue una jugada inteligente de su parte. Al poner de lado cualquier diferencia con la campaña de Espaillat demuestra que puede poner al partido sobre la política. Una ausencia notable fue la del líder de distrito Mark Levine, algo que me pareció extraño.

Me dijeron que el asambleísta Guillermo Linares, el congresista Rangel, la líder de distrito María Luna, la concejal Inez Dickens, y el concejal Robert Jackson asistieron al otro desayuno y que Linares y el presidente del desfile Nelson Peña terminaron su enemistad. Hace un par de años Peña quería sacar a Linares del desfile.

En el desayuno de Espaillat, el empresario Fernando Mateo y el locutor Coco Cabrera le dieron públicamente su apoyo en su contienda contra Linares.Tanto el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez como el senador Espaillat reiteraron la necesidad de salvar a Alianza Dominicana con honestidad, lo que interpreté como una indirecta sutil al fundador de dicha entidad, Moisés Pérez, y a su credibilidad. Pérez ha estado
diciendo por allí que Espaillat y Rodríguez están sentados con las manos en los bolsillos mientras que Alianza se hunde. Incluso, el senador Espaillat se divirtió a costa mía, aunque no fue malicioso, dijo que a pesar de que todo lo que hago es atacarlo en El Diario yo, como todo el mundo, era bien recibido en el desayuno.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

DANR includes me in their list of Prominent Dominicans


DOMINICAN AMERICAN NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE
1050 17th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 238-0097 Fax: (202) 536-5253
Website: http://www.danr.org E-mail: info@danr.org

June 26, 2010

Dear Roberto Pérez:

Congratulations! You have been selected for inclusion in The Dominican List, the audio-visual and written account of Dominicans’ presence and contributions to the United States over the past 50 years. This original 45-minute documentary, and 125 page publication, present examples of where Dominicans, as a people, have come from; how we have contributed to community and national life; and introduce individuals, such as yourself, who have excelled in their field.

The Dominican List highlights successful Dominicans in the United States of America. The Dominican List will be published with a documentary about Dominican contribution to USA. The List will be accessible to the public at the DANR website www.danr.org. Twenty of the top accomplished Dominicans will be featured in the documentary "The Dominican List," to be released on July 28, 2012 at the 100 Thousand Dominican Gathering on the grounds of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Brooklyn, Bronx & Manhattan Politics Intertwine El Diario NY


POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/08/2012 | El Diario

The battle between Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, the Dilan's, and Brooklyn Boss Assemblyman Vito Lopez, has made it's way up to the Bronx. Velazquez is upset that Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera came into Brooklyn in support of Councilman Erik Dilan, in his bid to take out Velazquez.

In addition to saying that she will throw her weight behind Rivera's opponent, Mark Gjonaj, Velazquez has been doing her homework on City Council candidate Tommy Torres, who is running for Councilwoman Diana Reyna's seat.

The buzz is that Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez has uncovered the fact that Naomi Rivera and Torres are romantically involved, which could be interpreted as one of the reasons why Rivera went into Brooklyn to endorse against Velazquez, and that supposedly, Torres has been on Rivera's payroll during the last two years, is a full time teacher and receives additional pay for teaching sports to children.

This is only the tip of the ice berg, because rumors have been circulating that Senator Martin Dilan has been quietly trying to get Assemblyman Vito Lopez to give Torres the party nod in his bid for Reyna's council seat, rather than to the District Leader Maritza Davila, who many believe Lopez is not to happy with because she has been absent in the community as a candidate and has been sluggish in terms of fundraising.

The Velazquez backed candidate will more than likely be, Councilwoman Reyna's Chief of Staff Antonio Reynoso.

In the fight between Velazquez and Rivera, an insider who is familiar with what's going on, said that there is always a possibility that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, could intercede on Rivera's behalf to cool things down, but let's see what happens.

In another clash of political forces, another source told me that it is likely that Dominican Councilwoman Diana Reyna will come out in support of Assemblyman Guillermo Linares over State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

What happens is that Reyna has not forgotten that Espaillat got involved in Brooklyn politics when he came out in support of Reyna's opponent Maritza Davila when they ran against each other, to curry favor with Brooklyn Boss, Vito Lopez, so now it's payback.

Congresswoman Velazquez also did not forget Espaillat's ties with Lopez when he called her during his attempt to unseat Congressman Rangel.

A source told me that Velasquez saw the phone call as a bit self serving of Espaillat ... in light of his history with Lopez.

All signs point to a rematch between Jesus Gonzalez and Assemblyman Rafael Espinal. This time they will be fighting for the councilman Erik Dilan's seat when his term expires.

I'm hearing that the Dilan's expect Espinal to easily defeat his current rival for his Assembly seat John Rodriguez, and after that race, he will be there hand picked candidate to replace Dilan in the Council.

Política de Brooklyn y El Bronx se entremezclan - eldiariony.com

Política de Brooklyn y El Bronx se entremezclan - eldiariony.com

POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/08/2012 | El Diario

La batalla entre la congresista Nydia Velazquez , los Dilan y el jefe de Brooklyn, asambleísta Vito Lopez , llegó hasta El Bronx. Velázquez está molesta porque la asambleísta por ese condado, Naomi Rivera , fue a Brooklyn para apoyar al concejal Erik Dilan , quien se postuló en su contra por el escaño congresional.

Además de apoyar al oponente de Rivera, Marcos Gjonaj, Velázquez también ha estado escudriñando sobre el candidato al Concejo Municipal Tommy Torres , quien aspira a la silla que ocupa la concejal Diana Reyna.

El runrún es que la congresista Nydia Velázquez desenterró el hecho de que Torres y Naomi Rivera están involucrados románticamente -lo que a la vez es una de las razones por las cuales Rivera fue a Brooklyn para dar su respaldo al contendor de Velázquez-, y que, supuestamente, Torres ha estado en su nómina durante los dos últimos años, como un maestro a tiempo completo y recibe un pago adicional por enseñar deportes a niños.

Este embrollo podría ser mayor, porque han estado circulando rumores de que el senador Martin Dilan ha intentado conseguir que el asambleísta Vito López dé el visto bueno del Partido a Torres en su postulación para el escaño de Reyna, en vez de a la líder de distrito Maritza Davila , con quien muchos creen López no está contento porque ha estado ausente en la comunidad como candidata por mucho tiempo y ha sido perezosa en cuanto a la recaudación de fondos.

El candidato más probable a recibir el respaldo de Velázquez sería el jefe de personal de la concejal Reyna, Antonio Reynoso.

Otro político me dijo que siempre hay una posibilidad de que el portavoz de la Asamblea, Sheldon Silver, interceda a favor de Rivera para enfriar las cosas, pero vamos a ver qué pasa.

En otro enfrentamiento de fuerzas políticas, otra fuente me dijo que lo más probable es que la concejal Diana Reyna apoye públicamente al asambleísta Guillermo Linares por encima del senador estatal Adriano Espaillat.

Lo que pasa es que Reyna no ha olvidado que Espaillat se involucró en la política de Brooklyn al apoyar a su entonces contrincante Maritza Dávila para demostrar su fidelidad y lealtad al jefe de Brooklyn, Vito López, por lo que es tiempo de pasar cuentas.

La congresista Velázquez tampoco olvidó los lazos de Espaillat con López cuando él la llamó en su intento de destronar a congresista Rangel.

Una fuente me dijo que Velázquez veía la llamada telefónica como un poco egoísta por parte de Espaillat... a la luz de su historia con López.

Todas las señales apuntan a una revancha entre Jesus Gonzalez y el asambleísta Rafael Espinal. Esta vez van a estar luchando por el puesto del concejal Erik Dilan, cuando su período termine.

También escuché que los Dilan esperan que Espinal venza fácilmente a su actual rival por el escaño de la Asamblea, John Rodriguez, y después de esa contienda, él será su candidato favorito para reemplazar a Dilan en el Concejo.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Boy-Cott at La Fuente Forum & Rivera's Recollection Challenged El Diario NY


Roberto Pérez | 08/01/2012 | El Diario

The Civic Forum held at La Fuente, titled 'The rise of Latino political power: the Rangel-Espaillat Democratic primary race in New York City, held on Tuesday at 6 pm on 18th Street did not happen without some drama.

Lucia Gomez, who is the executive director of La Fuente, wanted NY 1's Pura Politica's Juan Manuel Benitez, to-moderate the discussion between Espaillat supporter Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and Rangel Campaign Manager Moises Perez, but Councilman Rodriguez objected to the participation of Benitez, with whom he had a heated exchange on the set of Pura Politica, when Benitez began to press District Leader Mark Levine about his future plans. After the segment, Benitez proceeded to kick Rodriguez out of the studio.

Apparently, Rodriguez still has an axe to grind with Benitez.

To appease Rodriguez, Gomez decided to ask Angelo Falcon , of NILP, to moderate the forum. Falcon, apparently, received the approval of both parties. But Rodriguez decided not to attend the forum citing family issues. Gomez said she would reschedule to accommodate Rodriguez, but still, he said he would not participate. Falcon sent an email saying that he would save a seat for Rodriguez in case he changed his mind.

The other two panelists, Naila Rosario and Shammeik Barat were pressured by Espaillat Chief of Staff, Aneiry Batista, to boycott the forum. Rosario decided not to participate but Barat did not cave.

Latino Game of Thrones

Angelo Falcon continued to ruffle political feathers by publishing a report called "Game of Thrones", which points to the disproportionately high number of political families in the Bronx.

Assemblyman Jose Rivera responded to the article, by saying he was not responsible for his children Joel and Naomi getting elected to the Council and the Assembly, respectively. Rivera said that former Bronx Boss Roberto Ramirez was responsible for the rise of Joel, and State Senator Jeff Klein for Naomi's ascent.

Lawyer Activist Ramon Jimenez, has a different recollection of what happened. I do not understand the response of Assemblyman Jose Rivera to the Angelo Falcón article "Game of Thrones". According to then 80th Assembly District leader Julio Munoz, and former Assemblyman and Rivera-crony Israel Martinez, their recollection places Jose as the primary force in electing both his progeny.

Julio Munoz states Jose Rivera and Eva Galarza - Joel 's mother and District Manager of CB 6 - were relentless in their efforts to get Joel elected to city council. He recalled that the NYC DOI conducted a probe as to the use of public resources unlawfully in the campaign.

According to Julio, many community groups were subtly and overtly threatened by Rivera and Galarza unless they supported Joel. Both Munoz and Martinez recall Jose pushing "his daughter on the community". He encouraged then assemblyman Jeffrey Klein to run for state senate to create an open assembly seat for his daughter. Apparently, Rivera's version of history flies in the face of its witnesses."

Dramas políticos en Alto Manhattan y El Bronx - eldiariony.com

Dramas políticos en Alto Manhattan y El Bronx - eldiariony.com

POR: Roberto Pérez | 08/01/2012 | El Diario

El foro cívico de La Fuente, titulado 'El auge del poder político latino: la primaria demócrata entre Rangel-Espaillat en Nueva York', celebrado el martes a las 6 p.m. en la calle 18 no pudo realizarse sin un poco de drama.

Lucía Gómez, quien es la directora ejecutiva de La Fuente, quería que Juan Manuel Benítez del programa Pura Política -que se transmite por NY1-, moderara la discusión entre el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, quien apoyó al senador Espaillat en la contienda y el director de campaña de Charles Rangel, Moisés Pérez, pero el concejal Rodríguez se opuso a la participación de Benítez, con quien tuvo un acalorado intercambio en Pura Política, cuando Benítez comenzó a presionar al líder distrital Mark Levine sobre sus planes futuros y más tarde 'sacó a patadas' a Rodríguez del estudio.

Al parecer, Rodríguez todavía tiene un interés personal con Benítez.

Para apaciguar a Rodríguez, Gómez decidió pedir a Angelo Falcón, de NILP, moderar el foro. Falcón, aparentemente, podía recibir el visto bueno de ambas partes. Sin embargo, Rodríguez decidió no asistir al foro citando asuntos familiares. Gómez dijo que iba a cambiar la fecha para dar cabida a Rodríguez, pero aún así, éste dijo que no participaría. Falcón envió un email diciendo que iba a guardarle un puesto a Rodríguez en caso de que cambiara de opinión.

Los otros dos panelistas, Naila Rosario y Shammeik Barat fueron presionados por la jefa de personal de Espaillat, Aneiry Batista, para boicotear el foro. Rosario decidió no participar, pero Barat no cedió.

Monarquías latinas
Angelo Falcón continuó levantando ronchas al publicar un reporte llamado "Game of Thrones", en el que señala el desproporcionadamente alto número de familias políticas en El Bronx.

El asambleísta José Rivera respondió al artículo diciendo que él no fue responsable de que sus hijos Joel y Naomi

Rivera resultaran electos al Concejo y a la Asamblea, respectivamente. Rivera indicó que el exjefe de El Bronx Roberto Ramírez fue responsable de la ascensión de Joel, y el senador estatal Jeff Klein del triunfo de Naomi.

El abogado Ramón Jiménez, activista de El Bronx, tiene un recuerdo diferente de lo que pasó. No entiendo la respuesta del asambleísta José Rivera al artículo Angelo Falcón "Game of Thrones". De acuerdo al entonces líder distrital de la Asamblea, Julio Muñoz, y al exasambleísta y amigo de Rivera, Israel Martínez, ellos recuerdan a José como la fuerza principal en la elección de su hijo.

Muñoz afirma que José Rivera y Eva Galarza -la madre de Joel y jefa del distrito de la Junta Comunitaria 6- fueron implacables en sus esfuerzos por conseguir que Joel resultara elegido para el Concejo Municipal. Recordó que el Departamento de Investigación de la Ciudad de Nueva York (DOI) llevó a cabo una indagación sobre el uso ilegal de recursos públicos en la campaña.

Según Julio, muchos grupos de la comunidad fueron sutil y abiertamente amenazados por Rivera y Galarza, a menos que apoyaran a Joel.

Tanto Muñoz como Martínez recuerdan a José promocionando "a su hija en la comunidad". Después animó al asambleísta Jeffrey Klein a postularse para el Senado estatal para dejar un escaño abierto en la Asamblea para su hija. Al parecer, la versión de Rivera de la historia contradice la de su testigos.