Ruben Diaz Sr.
On the steps of City Hall this afternoon, State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. lamented the corruption allegations that led to the arrests this week of his longtime colleague in the Senate, Malcolm Smith, and an assemblyman from Diaz's home borough of the Bronx, Eric Stevenson.
"I don't want to be used in this power struggle, to be the token Puerto Rican or the token Hispanic," Diaz told me.
Adolfo Carrion Jr. may not be the only Hispanic candidate running for mayor.
State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., an evangelical Christian and leader of the New York Hispanic Clergy, is encouraging a member of the organization, Rev. Erick Salgado, to enter the race for mayor as a conservative Democrat, the senator confirmed.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is running for Charlie Rangel's seat in Congress, told the Stonewall Democrats at a forum on Wednesday that if he's elected, he "will go to Washington and ensure that marriage equality becomes national law."
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a redistricting deal that his fellow Democrats in the minority of the State Senate have been criticizing as "unfair," "unconstitutional" and the "worst" in the state's history.
But what led them to walk out of the Senate chambers last night, ostensibly, was a Republican move to change the agreed-upon time allowed to debate the bill from four hours to two.(1)