After endorsing Democratic Primary challenger Gustavo Rivera, NRI launches field operation with leafleting campaign in Espada’s district

NEW YORK – A day after throwing its full support behind Democratic candidate Gustavo Rivera in the 33rd State Senate district, Bill Samuels and the New Roosevelt Initiative began its field operations in the race by distributing leaflets to potential primary voters. The leafleting took place at a free concert at Crotona Park in Bronx and reminded voters of the disgrace incumbent State Senator Pedro Espada has brought to the district.

NRI volunteers handed out flyers at the 30th Anniversary concert for Fever Records in the Bronx on Thursday evening. The flyer questions Espada’s priorities and reminds voters of the following facts:

  • Getting sued for allegedly looting $14 million from non-profit health clinics;
  • Pocketing $1.5 million meant for job training;
  • Taking cash from rich landlords, then opposing renters’ rights; and
  • Betraying Democrats by joining Republicans to shut down the state government in 2009

“We want to remind voters of the disgrace that Espada has brought not only to his constituents, but to all hard working people across this state who demand more of their political leaders,” Samuels said. “The people of the 33rd district deserve better and we want them to know they have a choice in the upcoming primary election. We need to reform Albany and it begins with unseating Espada, who has made a mockery of the system and used it to enrich himself at the expense of his constituents.”

Samuels, who was an active candidate for Lieutenant Governor until recently, founded the New Roosevelt Initiative to help identify and support the next generation of progressive leaders.   The initiative is a multiyear effort to raise money for insurgent candidates who will reform Albany and end the culture of corruption.

Samuels and the New Roosevelt Initiative have made the defeat of Pedro Espada their first and highest priority in the long term effort to bring true reform to Albany and create the best state legislature in the nation.   To support Rivera, New Roosevelt will continue to build a strong grassroots operation in the district, and build a broad coalition of like minded progressive groups who will bring added strength and expertise to the campaign.

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