J. Gustavo Rivera

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J. Gustavo Rivera
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New York Senate District 33
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puerto Rico
Ph.D.CUNY Graduate Center
Personal
Place of birthSanturce, Puerto Rico
ProfessionProfessor, Pace University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gustavo Rivera is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Rivera earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico in 1998, and attended the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to pursue a doctoral degree in political science.

His professional experience includes working as a faculty member in the political science department at Pace University, as a community organizer for campaigns at the local and state level and serving as the Hispanic Vote Director for Florida under Barack Obama's campaign for president.

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rivera served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Crime Victims, Crime and Correction
Ethics
Finance
Health
Higher Education
Labor

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rivera served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Rivera's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Education

  • Excerpt: "Gustavo Rivera believes that New York State needs to deliver on our promise to provide a quality education to our children. That is why he has fought to ensure that education funding be awarded to the schools that are most in need and not based on what schools are able to apply for and win grants."

Affordable Housing

  • Excerpt: "Gustavo Rivera believes that New York City needs more affordable housing. He has fought to preserve affordable housing and to help Bronxites find affordable housing options. Gustavo has come up with innovative solutions to help preserve affordable housing and has reached out to seniors who are eligible for specific programs such as SCRIE."

Health

  • Excerpt: "Gustavo has also introduced legislation that prohibits hospitals from segregating patients into different systems of health care based on their insurance status. This legislation seeks to address issues of health inequity that largely impact communities of color. Gustavo Rivera believes that all patients deserve to receive the same standard of care."

Restoring Faith in Government

  • Excerpt: "His first week in office, Gustavo Rivera introduced legislation to increase government transparency and make it mandatory for public officials to disclose all sources of income they receive apart from their government salary. It was important to Gustavo that New Yorkers know exactly who is paying their public officials. Passing this legislation as part of Governor Cuomo’s ethics package was one important step toward ending the influence of special interests in state government."

Immigrants' Rights

  • Excerpt: "As a co-sponsor of the New York DREAM Act and New York DREAM Fund, Gustavo Rivera has been aggressively pushing greater access to higher education for undocumented immigrants in the State Senate. In order to provide undocumented students with the same opportunities as other students, we as a state have to provide them with financial aid and grants to be able to afford college. While Gustavo feels that Washington D.C. needs to pass a federal DREAM Act with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students, he feels that New York should continue to be a leader on immigrants’ rights issues and will continue to push for a New York DREAM Act."

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent J. Gustavo Rivera defeated Fernando Cabrera in the Democratic primary, while Steven Stern was unopposed in the Republican primary. Jose A. Padilla, Jr. ran on the Independence Party of New York State ticket. Rivera ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Stern ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Rivera defeated Stern and Padilla in the general election.[3][4][5]

New York State Senate District 33, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJ. Gustavo Rivera Incumbent 86.5% 19,809
     None Blank 7% 1,602
     Republican Steven Stern 4.9% 1,126
     Independence Jose A. Padilla, Jr. 1.5% 342
     None Scattering 0.1% 24
Total Votes 22,903

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Rivera ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 33. Rivera defeated Manuel R. Tavarez in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Rivera defeated Michael E. Walters (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJ. Gustavo Rivera Incumbent 96.1% 57,167
     Republican Michael E. Walters 3.9% 2,296
Total Votes 59,463
New York State Senate, District 33 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGustavo Rivera Incumbent 69.5% 4,988
Manuel Tavarez 30.5% 2,193
Total Votes 7,181

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Rivera defeated incumbent Pedro Espada in the September 14 Democratic primary by a margin of 6,870-3,607.[9] Rivera defeated John McCarthy (R) in the general election on November 2.[10][11]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Rivera was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 33 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png J. Gustavo Rivera (D) 27,417
John Reynolds (G) 833

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for J. Gustavo Rivera is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, J. Gustavo Rivera raised a total of $738,344 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[12]

J. Gustavo Rivera's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 33 Won $351,255
2010 New York State Senate, District 33 Won $387,089
Grand Total Raised $738,344

2012

J. Gustavo Rivera won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, J. Gustavo Rivera raised a total of $351,255.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to J. Gustavo Rivera's campaign in 2012
New York State Trial Lawyers$15,800
New York State United Teachers$15,300
Afscme$10,000
Rich, David C$10,000
New York State Laborers$9,300
Total Raised in 2012$351,255
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Rivera raised a total of $387,089 in campaign contributions.[13]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
New York State Trial Lawyers $16,500
1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East $15,500
Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York $10,500
Pearl, Morris $10,000

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[14]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
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Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Rivera’s endorsements included the following:[15]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Espada (D)
New York State Senate District 33
2011–present
Succeeded by
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