In his most recent What You Should Know column, State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. announced that he seek re-election to the City Council seat (18 CD) that he held back in 2002. In a column titled, “I am Running For The City Council,” Diaz wrote:
“You should know that at 74 years of age, and after serving our community with an exemplary legislative record, where 15 pieces of my legislation have become Law after being approved by the Senate, the Assembly, and signed into Law by the Governor, I have decided to officially announce my candidacy for the 18th Council District in the City of New York.
“You should also know that there are few legislators who have 15 laws approved in 15 years. In fact, there are many legislators who have been unable to pass 1 bill in all of their legislative life.
“For that reason, and because of the multitude of community projects that I have been responsible for, such as: construction of low-income housing; repair of train stations; re-pavement of streets; implementation of charter schools; services for senior citizens, immigrants, non-medallion taxi car drivers, and many more initiatives, I believe that the residents of the 32nd Senatorial District in Bronx County have been well represented during the past 15 years.
“I enter into this new endeavor praying and hoping: that God will provide me with health and fortitude; that the residents of the 18th City Council District will place their trust in me; and that my friends and followers both inside and outside of the 18th City Council District will give me their support and contributions, not only spiritual, but physical, emotional, political and financial.”
Councilwoman Annabel Palma is term-limited. Elvin Garcia, a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Amanda Farias, a City Council staffer, Michael Beltzer, William Moore and John Perez are also running. All are registered with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. The Council District 18 covers Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point, and Harding Park.