Two days before New York state legislative primaries, the race in the Bronx’s 84th Assembly District is intensifying between incumbent Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo — favored to maintain her seat — and her Democratic opponent Maximino Rivera, the New York Daily News reports.
Arroyo, the first Hispanic woman ever elected to the New York State Assembly, is being challenged by Rivera’s campaign in District 84, 18 years after her first election.
A Vietnam War veteran and retired postal service worker, Maximino Rivera is a longtime community organizer and used to campaign for Arroyo several years ago. Now, Rivera builds his own campaign on voters’ disappointment over Arroyo’s actions, claiming they are asking “for change” in District 84.
Arroyo still remains popular, yet she is challenged by a corruption case involving her grandson and a nonprofit organization she founded.