Council Candidate Rivera Endorsed By Squadron, Niou

Photo courtesy of Carlina Rivera's campaign.

Photo courtesy of Carlina Rivera’s campaign.

Carlina Rivera, a candidate for City Council in District 2, has picked up two significant local endorsements. She’s won the support of State Sen. Daniel Squadron and State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou.

Rivera is running in September’s Democratic Primary to replace her former boss, Rosie Mendez. The sitting Council member is prevented from pursuing another term due to term limits. District 2 includes some sections of the Lower East Side below East Houston Street, and it covers the East Village, Gramercy Park and Kips Bay.

In a statement, Squadron said, “Carlina Rivera has worked for years as a champion for the Lower East Side. Her experience and commitment to our community will make her a strong representative for the Second Council District. I am proud to endorse her, and I look forward to working with her as a colleague in government.”

Niou, who was recently elected to serve Lower Manhattan, said, “I am thrilled to give Carlina my support… Having spent years as a community advocate, Carlina is prepared to hit the ground running and advocate for the Lower East Side and its surrounding communities. I am confident Carlina has the knowledge, experience and energy to take on this challenge, and I look forward to working with her to deliver real results for Lower Manhattan.”

Other candidates competing in the primary include Jasmin Sanchez, a community activist who worked for Squadron; and Mary Silver, an attorney active in local education issues.

Rivera was previously a staffer in Mendez’s office and worked for Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), the housing advocacy organization. She’s a lifelong resident of the Lower East Side. She’s also been endorsed by State Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and, of course, Rosie Mendez.