Show of Support for 12th City Council Special Election candidate Kevin Riley

Show of Support for 12th City Council Special Election candidate Kevin Riley
Candidate Kevin Riley speks after overcoming tears from the huge showing of support for his candidacy.

By Robert Press

Bronx Democratic County Leader State Senator Jamaal Bailey brought out a large group of elected officials from the Bronx and other boroughs led by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, State Senators Brian Benjamin, Kevin Parker, and Zellnor Myrue, Bronx Assembly members and Assembly members elect, many Bronx District Leaders, Bronx Councilman (and undeclared Bronx Borough President candidate) Rafael Salamanca, and three mayoral hopefuls, Current NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, and Shaun Donavan, for a show of support to the favorite candidate in the upcoming December 22nd Special Election to replace former Councilman Andy King who was expelled from the City Council on October 5th. 

Speeches of support for current District Leader Kevin Riley to replace Andy King ranged from knowing candidate Riley from when he was a little kid, to having him as a valued member of Assemblyman Carl Heastie's office. Those speaking were New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Democratic County Leader State Senator Jamaal Bailey, Assembly members Diana Richardson and Michael Benedetto, and the candidate Kevin Riley, who was so taken back by the outpouring of support for him that tears prevented him from starting his thank you speech. 

There are two other candidates in the December 22nd special election. They are Pamela Hamilton Brown (who has run against former Councilman Andy King), and Neville Mitchell. Early voting begins on Saturday December 12th and runs through Sunday December 20th. The hours for each day can be found on the Board of Elections site, along with information on the application for an absentee ballot.  https://vote.nyc/page/12th-city-council-special-election-bronx.

A group photo of the attendees who came to show their support for the candidacy of Kevin Riley in the December 22nd Special Election for the 12th City Council seat.

Bronx Democratic County Leader State Senator Jamaal Bailey talks of his friendship with, and why he thinks  candidate Kevin Riley is the best choice.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James with candidate Kevin Riley.