Wednesday, October 17, 2012

5th Annual LDA Award Dinner

By Robert Press

BRONX, NEW YORK, October 17- Our friends at the Liberty Democratic Association held their 5th Annual Award Dinner last Thursday, and they were up against some real tough competition that night. 

Not only were there many local community meetings, a Vice-Presidential debate, and Yankee playoff game that same night, but the LDA dinner was still a huge success. Elected officials in attendance included Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., New York City Comptroller John Liu, Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie 83 A.D., BDCC Chairman Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz 81A.D., Naomi Rivera currently of the 80 A.D., Luis Sepulveda of the new 87 A.D., State Senator Jeff Klein, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, Mr. Andrew Cohen (the new Vice-Chair of the Bronx Democratic County Committee and rumored candidate for the term limited 11th City Council seat), Bronx D.A. Robert Johnson and Public Advocate candidate Brooklyn Councilwoman Lettica James. You can go to my blog at to see photos of the LDA dinner including one of Bronx County Leader Heastie's wonderful three year old daughter Taylor who came with him.

Mr. Richard Torres President of the LDA said that the LDA had scheduled the dinner way in advance of the Vice-Presidential debate and Yankee playoff game. The six awards were handed out by various executive members of the LDA, and it was good to see former State Committeewoman Diane Cerino at the dinner to present one of the awards. Missing however was the winner of the 80th A.D. Democratic Primary Mr. Mark Gjonaj. Current 80th A.D. Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera gave a farewell speech to the audience, and I reminded her that she was still on the November ballot as the candidate of the Working Families Party. Even though the winner of the Democratic Primary goes on to win the general election in November, she replied that I was right and no one knows what might happen in politics. When I then asked Naomi Rivera if she would be running for her term limited brother Joel Rivera's 15th Council District seat next year, she replied by chastising the media and said that she would continue to be in the community working on womens issues and raising her son. However Naomi Rivera did not say no to running for her brother’s open seat next year.

We told you at the start of the “Pedro Espada inquisition” that he could be found guilty of tax evasion. Last week the former state senator pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion. Pedro G. Espada the son of the former state senator was allowed to plead to lesser charges, while his father should know his fate on February 22nd. Pedro Espada Jr. now faces up to 7 years in jail and restitution of up to two million dollars he allegedly defrauded.

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail us or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

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