Bronx Assemblyman Squanders Time Making Videos But No Time To Legislate

NYS Assemblyman Jose Rivera, D-Bronx, getting his camera ready. (Public Photo From His Facebook Profile)

According to Legislative Gazette, infamous New York State Assemblyman Jose Rivera D-Bronx, was excused from voting in the Assembly a whopping 250 times representing almost a quarter of all the votes that were taken during this Assembly session – more than double that of last year.

Furthermore, it is noted that Rivera has the distinction of being the ONLY lawmaker who didn’t introduce one piece of legislation this session making him the most unproductive member of the Assembly.

This is appalling because he definitely finds time to be on Facebook spamming pages with the videos he’s constantly making to make him look like he actually does something. The Bronx faces  serious issues which need to be addressed yet he feels it’s more important to play with his camera than perhaps listen to his constituents and propose bills that would address these issues?

When Bronxites are left scratching their heads on why we are not improving in certain socioeconomic indicators like health and education, we can look to the corruption of our elected “leaders” whether they represent us on the state level or locally on the city level.

I cannot begin to count the number of times I have received complaints about Jose Rivera with folks asking what exactly does he do because all they see is what I see and that’s a legislator spending too much time making videos and posting them all over Facebook.

A Bronxite who also sent me the link from the Legislative Gazette said,

“…he spends all his time with those videos and now we know he has been excused 250 times. There is no one representing our needs in Albany, the Bronx could have been so far ahead if it wasn’t for wasteful people like Rivera”

The Bronx deserves better than this guy who sits there wasting our valuable time and money since it is we who pay his salary. Is it any wonder that his daughter, disgraced and former state assemblywoman Naomi Rivera lost reelection when it was found out she was just another corrupt politician padding a love interest’s bank account with a phony job?

We need to keep holding these clowns accountable without thinking of party loyalty at all. The only loyalty we should demand and give is to ourselves for as long as we continue to vote folks in based on party line loyalty, we are letting them know that this behavior is acceptable.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.