Bronx Political Round-Up, July 11: SCOTUS debate, Junior’s law and more.

84th AD Debate Challenge
Insurgent Assembly candidate Amanda Septimo has challenged longtime incumbent Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo (D-Bronx) to a series of three debates across her South Bronx district. Septimo told supporters in an email that she wants “each debate to take place in a different neighborhood in the district — and each to focus on a different topic — so that all South Bronx residents have a chance to engage with their future representative about the issues they care about most.” As of today’s posting, Arroyo hasn’t agreed to debate. The 84th assembly district covers Mott Haven, Port Morris, Melrose, The Hub, Longwood, Concourse, Highbridge, and Hunts Point.

Assemblyman Blake Talks Supreme Court on Fox News
Assemblyman Michael Blake participated in a live one-on-one cable news interview on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum Monday night on Fox News discussing the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

State lawmakers propose “Junior’s Law”
State Sen. Luis Sepulveda and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo are proposing “Junior’s Law,” which would require small businesses to be “Safe Havens” for injured or endangered youth seeking help. The measure comes after Bronx 15-year-old Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Felix was dragged from a bodega where he had sought refuge and was stabbed to death by members of a violent street gang that had been chasing him, all caught on video.

Serrano opposes Trump’s selection of Judge Kavanaugh
In a statement opposing President Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee, Rep. José Serrano (D-Bronx) said, “We cannot accept Brett Kavanaugh as the nominee to replace Justice Kennedy. He encouraged New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to take this fight head-on. Serrano called on “every American who knows how much is at stake to call their Senators to prevent [Kavanaugh] from moving forward.” “We need a SCOTUS pick who will be impartial and respect precedent when addressing the pressing issues of our time,” he added.

CM Gibson hosts Bronx LGBTQ+ Summer Brunch
This Saturday July 14, Council Member Gibson will the honor the achievements of four members of the Bronx LGBTQ+ community. Grace Detrevarah, LGBT Liaison for the Osborne Association, is providing the keynote address. Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx. 12 Noon.

Senator Rivera Elected to NALEO Board Of Directors

Late last month, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) unanimously elected State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) to serve a three-year term on the organization’s 35-member Board of Directors. The election was held during the group’s 35th Annual Conference celebrated in Phoenix, Arizona, which brought together more than 1,000 Latino policymakers and leaders from across the country. Sen. Rivera is the only NALEO director from New York.

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