Jose Rivera

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Jose Rivera
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New York State Assembly District 78
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 77
1982-1987
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jose Rivera is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 78. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. As of the 2013 session, Rivera serves as Assistant Majority Whip.

He previously represented District 77 in the New York State Assembly from 1982-1987. Rivera was a council member for District 15 of the New York City Council from 1987-2000.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging
Agriculture
Insurance
Small Business

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rivera served on the following committees:

Issues

Pension sweeteners

On February 13, 2013, New York legislators introduced eight bills to "sweeten" government employee pensions. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission released a chart of these bills and their costs, totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments. Rivera sponsored one of these eight.[2] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy criticized the bills but placed major responsibility for them on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in 2012 raised the possibility of better pension deals if the economy improved.[3] The New York Daily News published an editorial against the bills on February 21, denouncing the proposals as examples of "incorrigible recklessness with the public’s money."[4]

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Jose Rivera defeated Fernando Tirado in the Democratic primary. Tirado is also running on the Republican and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Rivera and Tirado (R, IND) will face off in the general election.[6]

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Rivera ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 78. He defeated Ricardo Martinez in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He defeated Luana G. Malavolta and Richard Retcho in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

New York State Assembly, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Rivera Incumbent 94% 20,241
     Republican Luana G. Malavolta 4.6% 990
     Conservative Richard Retcho 1.4% 301
Total Votes 21,532
New York State Assembly, District 78 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJose Rivera Incumbent 77.9% 1,813
Ricardo Martinez 22.1% 513
Total Votes 2,326

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Rivera defeated Sergio Villaverde in the September 14 Democratic primary. He was defeated by William Sullivan (R) in the general election on November 2.[10][11] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Familes ticket.

New York State Assembly, District 78 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jose Rivera (D) 9,189
William Sullivan (R) 990

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Rivera won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 78, defeating opponents Jose Torres (R) and Robert Lupo (C).[12][13]

Rivera raised $124,368 for his campaign while Torres and Lupo each raised $0.[14]

New York State Assembly, District 78 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jose Rivera (D) 18,452
Jose Torres (R) 1,701
Robert Lupo 222

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jose Rivera is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Jose Rivera raised a total of $388,103 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[15]

Jose Rivera's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $56,635
2010 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $14,800
2008 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $124,368
2006 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $85,100
2004 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $45,350
2002 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $49,950
2000 New York State Assembly, District 78 Won $11,900
Grand Total Raised $388,103

2012

Jose Rivera won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Jose Rivera raised a total of $56,635.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jose Rivera's campaign in 2012
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$8,200
Carrion NYC$4,100
Btm Development Partners$4,000
New York State Trial Lawyers$3,000
Yankee Global Enterprise$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$56,635
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Jose Rivera won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Jose Rivera raised a total of $14,800.

2008

In the 2008 election, Rivera raised a total of $124,368.[16]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Yankees Global Enterprises $4,000
AFSCME District Council 37 $3,900
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $3,800
Atantic Development Group LLC $3,800
Altheim, Marc A $3,500
Fine, Peter $3,500

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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.[17]

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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 on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Rivera’s endorsements included the following:[18]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Controversies

Video

In March 2014, a video showing Rivera and former Assembly colleague Adam Clayton-Powell on a walking tour in the Dominican Republic in 2005 came under fire. In the video, Rivera is seen talking suggestively with and about women. In one scene, he asks a woman for her address and body measurements while Clayton-Powell pans the camera down her body. Rivera is also seen conversing with a street vendor about a beverage known as "mamajuana," the effects of which he says would leave him "strong enough to get laid with all those young ones." Rivera, a home video enthusiast, originally posted the video to his YouTube account. Blogger Andrés Duque reposted the video when Rivera took it down following a tweet by NY1 political commentator Gerson Borrero. Rivera responded to the controversy, saying the two were joking and that he was being criticized because of changing attitudes about "the whistle of the wolf."[19]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Rivera,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
  3. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
  4. New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
  5. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4914," accessed March 12, 2013
  6. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed August 8, 2014
  7. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  11. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Rivera, Jose" accessed September 24, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed August 1, 2014
  17. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  18. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
  19. Politicker, "Assemblyman José Rivera Appears in Bizarre Video," March 4, 2014. Accessed March 6, 2014
Political offices
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New York Assembly District 78
2001–present
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