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No Buffalo Latinos on any transition teams: where in the world is Lt. Guv-elect Duffy?

November 17, 2010

Lt. Governor-elect, Robert Duffy & Council Member David Rivera, Buffalo visit, 10/10/2010, Urban Family Practice. Credit: Facebook photos C.Rivera

When Lt. Governor-Elect , Robert  J. “Bob” Duffy, stopped in the City of Buffalo  on Sunday, October 11, at a meeting with members of the Puerto Rican/Latino community at the Urban Family Practice on Niagara Street, he told the group he would be back.

Niagara District Council Member, David Rivera, troubled by the lack of Latinos  from Buffalo on any of the transitions teams, recalled  Lt. Governor-Elect Duffy saying to the group, “I’ll make a committment to you that after the election and before being sworn in, I’ll be back…”

Many here in the Latino community like Council Member Rivera wonder what happened?  The election over two weeks members of the various transitions teams appointed while Duffy never came back after the election. Rochester is only one hour thirty minutes from Buffalo, a route he knows better than anyone else.

And,  six weeks left before he’s sworn into office still time for him to come back here with the entourage he brought with him from Rochester last month to meet with Council Member Rivera and others to muster votes before the election in the area.

Also, Latinos and  Duffy discussed  the Cuomo administration and its relationship with the community  already seen as a troubling one absent any  Latinos  on any of  Cuomo’s transition teams or committees from Buffalo.

Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo picked  downstate Latinos  for his transition teams last week. If you had a Birthday coming up, the Governor-Elect might have called you too as he contacted  Parkchester Assemblyman Peter Rivera appointed  to the Committee on Economic Development and Labor who told a NYDaily news reporter, “Andrew called me last Tuesday to wish me a happy birthday – but I told him he was three days early,” …. “We talked shop and he invited me to be on the transition team.”

And  Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr., another member of his Committee on Economic Development  and Labor  already sent a message in Facebook ” The Cuomo Administration is hiring…if you would like to be considered for a position by the administration, send your resume…”

Hmmm, let me see, I would like the $150,000 press aide position Marissa Shorenstein,30, had with the Paterson administration after she jumped ship, alleging the governor had duped her into contacting the woman involved in the domestic abuse case to assuage the incident. The problem is  Shorenstein has found a new job as the spokes woman for Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo.

Borough President Rubén Díaz a member of the transition team in charge of selecting the best and the brightest talent for the Cuomo administration sent this address for those interested:

Nevertheless with the State “facing a$1 billion deficit— more than three times the level projected by the governor and Legislature,” don’t get your hopes up too high, but try you might be one of super lucky ones if you forked over a contribution to the campaign or put in sweat labor of course. And it would help if you’re, intelligent, college educated, politically connected with a “pala” on the transition team.

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