Jose Rivera (politician)

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Jose Rivera is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the Fordham-Bedford, Kingsbridge Heights, Bedford Park, and Belmont sections of the Bronx. A prominent New York Democrat, Mr. Rivera was elected to the Assembly in 2000, and was the head of the Democratic Party in the Bronx until he was ousted in 2008 by the so-called Rainbow Rebels. This is Mr. Rivera's second stint in the State Assembly; having previously served in the State Assembly from 1983 to 1987 until becoming a member of the New York City Council where he served from 1987 to 2000. Prior to his election to the Assembly in 1982, Mr. Rivera gained prominence as a labor advocate and organizer of construction workers and "gypsy" taxicab drivers.[1]

During his tenure as County Leader of the Bronx, Rivera was frequently advised by Mike Nieves, a Democratic party consultant and strategist.[2]

Mr. Rivera was a vocal advocate for the withdrawal of the U.S. Navy from its bombing range on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and was arrested in 2001, together with Al Sharpton and other political figures, for trespassing onto the Navy's Vieques facility. The Navy subsequently agreed to withdraw from the Vieques facility.

Mr. Rivera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1936. Two of his children, Joel Rivera and Naomi Rivera, are also elected officials in the Bronx, members of the New York City Council and New York State Assembly, respectively.

In March 2014, Rivera achieved a local prominence in the Dominican Republic. He videotaped himself buying a local aphrodisiac named mamajuana, and declared that it would enhance his sexual performance.[3]


  1. ^ Lien, Marianne Elisabeth (ed.); Melhuus, Marit (ed.); Krohn-Hansen, Christian (ch. 5) (2007). "Chapter 5: The Understanding of Migration and the Discourse of Nationalism: Dominicans in New York City". Holding Worlds Together: Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging. Berghahn Books. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-84545-250-6. Retrieved October 25, 2010. "'...Then the Puerto Ricans, who are the pioneers in this struggle, began to offer services with the so-called gypsy cabs, cars that weren't regulated by the city...We had a Puerto Rican who was born in this industry, José Rivera...'" 
  2. ^ New York Times, 12-16-2006 Retrieved 06-26-2013.
  3. ^ Ben Endley, "Embarrassing Footage Emerges, U.K. Daily Guardian, March 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2008.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Armando Montano
New York State Assembly, 77th District
Succeeded by
Israel Martinez
Preceded by
Roberto Ramirez
New York State Assembly, 78th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Fernando Ferrer
New York City Council, 13th District
Succeeded by
Michael DeMarco
Preceded by
Walter Ward
New York City Council, 15th District
Succeeded by
Joel Rivera