TODAY, Bronx Councilmember and former New York State Attorney General Oliver Koppell announces his endorsement in what many are calling the most important race in New York State this year. Not only does Councilmember Koppell’s district cover over a third of the district, the highest performing electoral districts in the Senate race are in Koppell’s district and consistently come out for him at election time.
"Gustavo Rivera is an intelligent, dedicated and experienced young man with solid credentials to serve in the State Senate," said Councilmember Koppell. "He has worked as staff member of the State Senate in Albany and most recently on the staff of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He has more than ten years of active involvement in government and campaigns and understands how elected official can effectively and positively represent their district in state government."
Rivera is facing incumbent Pedro Espada, who is facing multiple corruption charges from various bodies including the New York Attorney General and the Bronx District Attorney, and Federal authority . He is being investigated for stealing $14 million of taxpayer funds earmarked for health care for poor residents, for lying on state and federal applications for grants, for paying workers $1.70 an hour and for not living in the Senatorial District. He live in Mamaroneck, Westchester County.
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