Wednesday, September 29, 2004


Bucks and Bennett at Democratic fund-raiser

Sept 27 2004 Newsday

Dennis Rivera, head of Local 1199 of the health care workers union, has re-invented the role of local labor leader as political power broker. Although associated with Democratic and liberal causes, he has taken to endorsing Republicans when it suits his needs.

His willingness to turn on Democrats has earned his union the sarcastic tag L6611 - the local's number inverted and backward - by some pols and labor activists.

He got off the hook on one endorsement during the primary when Democratic Assemb. Steven Kaufman lost a race in the Republican Primary to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Rivera had to endorse Kaufman as a favor to Sen. Joseph Bruno, leader of the Senate's Republican majority. The labor leader is still on the hook for his endorsement of Republican Al Curtis against Democrat Diane Savino for a Senate seat in a Brooklyn/Staten Island district soon to be vacant.

There is no doubt that Rivera will honor his commitment, but one labor official close to the Savino campaign said it remained to be seen whether Rivera would back up his endorsement with actual volunteers and money.

For the full story, go to the web site of Newsday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Pordum a step closer to political comeback

July 2004 The Buffalo News
Schroeder wins pivotal primary

In the 145th Assembly District, Schroeder's Democratic primary victory over Paul V. Sullivan and Tom Casey makes him a heavy favorite as he goes into the November election.
Casey, an Orchard Park engineer and school activist, will appear on the November ballot through an independent nominating petition designated as the School Choice Party.

For the full story, go to the web site of The Buffalo News.


A Major victory

Sept 15 2004 Newsday
B'klyn congressman wins in contentious race on a primary night of upsets and tough triumphs

Former union official Diane Savino was leading three other candidates in the race to fill the Brooklyn/Staten Island seat of State Sen. Seymour Lachman, who is retiring.

She would face Republican Al Curtis in the general election. That promises to be a spirited contest, as much of organized labor is expected to side with Savino, but the influential health care union headed by Dennis Rivera has backed Curtis.

For the full story, go to the web site of Newsday.

Monday, September 06, 2004


Brooklyn BP backs hopeful for Senate

September 3 2004 Staten Island Advance

Ms. Savino, a Rosebank resident, is making a run for the seat being vacated by state Sen. Seymour Lachman (D-North Shore/Brooklyn).

Kelvin Alexander of West Brighton and Brooklynites Rodney Knight and Cole Ettman are also running in the primary. Al Curtis of Tompkinsville is the Republican Party candidate.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Staten Island Advance.

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