Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Latino Power: Hispanic Newly Elected Officials in New York City

By Claudio Iván Remeseira Follow @HispanicNewYork| Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2013, at 10:20 a.m. ET. 

Clockwise: Annabell Palma, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie Torres, Melissa Mark Viverito, Rubén Díaz Jr. y Carlos Menchaca / Photomontage: El Diario La Prensa
The much-anticipated results of the 2013 elections not only confirmed the elevation of Bill de Blasio as the new mayor of New York City. They also brought fresh Hispanic blood into City Council and consolidated the credentials of a couple of politicians who are now the front runners in the future battle to replace de Blasio (yes, that race has also began yesterday) and become the first Latino or Latina mayor:
-  Carlos Menchaca, the first city elected official of Mexican descent and a gay man, Antonio Reynoso, and Ritchie Torres became the new members of the 11-councilperson Latino caucus in City Hall.
- Rubén Díaz Jr. was reelected as president of The Bronx (last term). Mr. Díaz Jr. is the only Latino presiding over one of the 5 boroughs.
- Councilwomen Melissa Mark Viverito and Annabel Palma were also reelected for their last term to City Hall. Ms. Mark Viverito wants to replace Christine Quinn as Speaker. We'll soon see if Mayor de Blasio has the same idea o would rather see the potentially competitor Mark Viverito occupying the largely ceremonial and lesser powerful post of deputy mayor.
Read more at El Diario (In Spanish)

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