Times Endorses Rivera

Looks like the Times is getting their talking points from us:

For state races, the best advice for New York voters is to vote against anybody who has done time in Albany. That is especially true in the State Senate, where a few Democrats have used their slim majority to hold up the Legislature, usually for petty and personal reasons. There are a very few good senators like Liz Krueger, an independent voice from Manhattan. But most legislators need to find work elsewhere.

At the top of that list should be Pedro Espada Jr., a Democrat running for re-election in the Bronx even though he mostly lives in the suburbs. Here are just a few reasons for voting against him: He owes more than $10,000 in fines for campaign finance violations (the maximum fine is $500 each); he is accused of milking his medical clinics for personal and political expenses including $20,000 worth of sushi delivered to his home in Westchester; he forced fellow senators to give him a fancy title and padded his office with a fawning entourage.

Mr. Espada has run a sleazy campaign, even threatening voters who signed petitions for his strongest and best opponent, Gustavo Rivera. Mr. Rivera, an educator and political activist, has promised to vote for the kind of real reforms the state needs. A third candidate in the race, Daniel Padernacht, is a real estate lawyer with little understanding of state issues. He is a distraction for voters whose goal should be to oust Mr. Espada.

In State Senate District 33 in the Bronx, we endorse Gustavo Rivera.

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