Adolfo Carrion picks up surprise backing
By Sarina Trangle
While progressives across the city are lapping up Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s mayoral bid, not all Democrats are swallowing his agenda.
The Northwest Bronx Democrats, a small, unconventional political club founded in 2003 by Anthony Rivieccio, has opted to endorse the Independence Party candidate, Adolfo Carrion.
Mr. Rivieccio said no Democratic mayoral candidate inspired the organization so it waited to endorse a candidate, anticipating a run-off between two contenders.
After Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won the primary outright, the club looked outside its party because it felt Mr. de Blasio’s policies would amount to higher taxes, particularly for homeowners in the Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Bedford Park and Norwood neighborhoods the Northwest Bronx Democrats represents.
“It seems like he goes to 125th Street and he doesn’t have a problem saying, ‘Let’s raise property taxes,’ where there aren’t many homeowners,” Mr. Rivieccio said about Mr. de Blasio. “But if he comes up to 231st and Broadway, he’ll have a different message.”
Mr. de Blasio’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Because members of the club were not satisfied with backing their party’s chosen candidate, the executive committee interviewed Mr. Carrion, the former Bronx Borough President and director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs. The group also spoke with Mr. de Blasio on the phone before voting in favor of endorsing Mr. Carrion by a vote of 6-2.
Mr. Rivieccio said the two members who withheld support for Mr. Carrion expressed concerns about his involvement in brokering the construction of the new Yankee Stadium as borough president.
Mr. Carrion welcomed the endorsement, saying he looked forward to working with Mr. Rivieccio organization.
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