Assembly District 86 - Democratic Primary 2010

 
 
 
 

    
 

 
   
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Candidate Questionnaire

PREFERRED CANDIDATE – VICTOR PICHARDO – DEM ★

 
Age: 28
Occupation: Community Affairs Director, State Senator Gustavo Rivera; 
Education: SUNY Buffalo (BA)

Victor Pichardo has a history of public service ever since he saw first-hand the good elected officials can do, when Senator Schumer helped bring his brother’s murderer to justice. Pichardo is running for office because he has lived his entire life in the district, nothing has changed and the people are being left behind since so many elected officials are being led out of a courtroom in handcuffs. If elected his first priority would be to tackle jobs and education, which go hand in hand, by working with CUNY and labor unions to start a pilot program to train students for civil service jobs. Bringing a business incubator to the Bronx is also a key part of Pichardo’s plan to create jobs. On reform issues he was very passionate on extending pension forfeiture to officials who have been convicted of felonies. Pichardo also supports creating a campaign finance system with public matching funds similar to the Campaign Finance Board model in New York City but with better oversight and enforcement mechanisms. His knowledge of the State Legislature, policy, and reform issues is impressive as is his experience. Therefore, Citizens Union prefers Pichardo’s candidacy in Assembly District 86.





   

Haile M. Rivera - Dem
Age: 36 Occupation: N/A
Education: Hostos Community College (AAS), Lehman College (BA)

Haile Rivera is running for City Council as a fresh, independent voice. He has a long history of community activism in the Bronx, founding the non-profit Hands on New York at the age of 25. Rivera says he is running because he is sick of corrupt establishment politicians that have destroyed public confidence in the district over the past decade. If elected, he will prioritize education reform to increase graduation rates and increase programming for troubled youth. Rivera will also work to solve affordable housing issues and increase the availability of local jobs. On reform issues, Rivera will fight for Per Diem reform and to implement early voting in New York State. On some He has not taken a position on several Citizens Union issues, including the constitutional amendment on redistricting reform. Citizens Union has no doubt that Rivera is a genuine candidate with ambitious plans for his district. However, it is unclear how the hard work that he has done within the community translates to legislation at the state level. 


Iris M. Baez - Dem

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Keny A. Nunez - Dem

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Elizabeth Ortiz - Dem

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Hector Ramirez - Dem

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Yudelka Tapia - Dem

Candidate Questionnaire

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