Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tension and term limits

West Bronx Blog is watching what the term limits fight will do to Maria Baez's Council District 14, a nub of which is in our coverage area, too.

And the Norwood News' newly married editor Alex Kratz has the low-down on a Community Board 7 meeting that turned into a big-name debate over term limits, with three Northwest Bronx pols — Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera and City Councilman Joel Rivera — butting heads. Mr. Dinowitz has been out against a legislative extension of term limits for a long time; Mr. Rivera, like his and Ms. Rivera's father, Jose, don't like that term limits exist at all.

That debate would have turned into a double-header if Mr. Dinowitz was at yesterday's press conference unveiling the design of the contribution Riverdale resident Alec Diacou's YES the Bronx plans to make to the borough's skyline. All three Riveras were present, as was a staffer from Councilman Oliver Koppell's office, but Mr. Dinowitz and his representatives were nowhere to be found.

At the event, the elder Mr. Rivera told me he hopes the much-discussed power struggle over his job as Bronx Democratic party chairman is over soon, so everyone "can get back to business," including the business of campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee.

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