When state Sen. Gustavo Rivera casts his ballot in November addressing citywide races, he already knows exactly who he’ll choose to succeed Ruben Diaz Jr., as Bronx borough president: Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez.
“Nathalia is the only candidate to put forth common-sense solutions to our decades-old problems,” Rivera said, in a release. “From environmental racism (to) cannabis equity, Nathalia has emerged as our champion. This is the kind of bold and innovative leadership we need to bring the borough into the 21st century.”
Fernandez faces six others in the Democratic contest to take the borough’s top office, including big fundraisers Councilman Fernando Cabrera and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson.
Fernandez has raised just $75,000 ahead of Friday’s campaign finance reporting compared to the more than $350,000 combined from Cabrera and Gibson, but she’s been meticulously earning endorsements from a number of other elected leaders like fellow Assembly members Daniel O’Donnell, Catalina Cruz and Chantel Jackson, as well as state Sen. Julia Salazar.
Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley also backed her run.
Fernandez is trying to become not only the first woman elected as Bronx borough president, but also the first Latina to hold a borough-wide office in New York City.
“As borough president, I look forward to ... deliver jobs, food (and) housing for every Bronxite’s need,” Fernandez said, in a release.