While her constituents were suffering from the rages of Superstorm Sandy, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera was nowhere to be found.
That’s because Snooki was safely snuggling with her sweetie in sunny San Juan.
That’s the word from our spies (they are everywhere) on the whereabouts of the defeated pol, who’ll still be drawing a state paycheck until Jan. 1.
As her fellow east Bronx electeds pitched in post-storm to help residents, Naomi opted to get outta town with boytoy Tommy (Tommy Tune) Torres for a NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce business conference Nov. 8-13 at the fancy InterContinental Hotel.
Some 21 other attendees cancelled out.
A number of electeds also cancelled out of the State Assembly and Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force Somos El Futuro winter conference over on the Condado strip before its organizers cancelled the whole thing, worried constituents might not take too kindly to seeing their electeds sipping pina coladas poolside while the voters froze their culos off in the dark back home.
“We didn’t see too much of Snooki,” said one Chamber confab attendee, although conference organizer Nick Lugo said she uncharacteristically DID sit all the way through a couple of workshops. Guess that may have been to justify charging the trip off to the taxpayers.
She’s already reported to be in hot water, with city, state and federal investigations looking into her hiring Tommy and a previous boytoy to SUPPOSEDLY work on the taxpayer’s dime.
HAT IN THE RING
With friends like this….
It looks like the 800-pound gorilla in the race to fill term-limited Riverdale Councilman Ollie Koppell’s 11th C.D. seat will be attorney and local Community Board 8 member Andrew Cohen.
Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Koppell endorsed him Tuesday at City Hall for the 2013 Democratic Primary.
Cohen, chair of the board’s aging committee, is former legal counsel to Dinowitz and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
That should also put to final rest any rumors about Dinowitz taking the job to avoid the shlep to Albany, or his chief of staff and local district leader Randy Martos looking at it.
Still looking at the seat, community activist Cliff Stanton.
Seven is no lucky number for disgraced former City Councilman Larry (The Fox) Seabrook.
Prosecutors recently told the judge they want to see Larry do at least seven years for his conviction on stealing public funds.
And that $7 bagel and diet soda that turned into a $177.64 expense chit played a prominent role at his Manhattan trial.
Until Tuesday’s bombshell announcement by Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. that he was running for reelection instead of citywide Public Advocate, and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer’s Sunday switch from mayoral hopeful to Comptroller wannabe, some political quarters were looking at what could have been a perfect rainbow package to run in the next year’s citywide elections, with Bill Thompson attracting black voters for mayor, Stringer for the white, Jewish vote, and Diaz for Public Advocate pulling in Latino votes. Oh well….
We goofed (how rare!) last week saying ex-BP Adolfo Carrion HAD to declare for office (as an independent running for mayor on the Republican line) or return any NYC Campaign Finance Board matching funds received from his last race.
But CFB spokesman Matt Sollars said AC didn’t take any CFB funds – or run – for anything in 2009.
• Cop chase – Former Bronx detective squad lieutenant Ed Day, now a Rockland County Republican legislator representing New City, has thrown his hat in the ring for County Executive there.
Ed ran the 4-9 Squad in Morris Park and 4-7 Squad in Williamsbridge-Wakefield, and also did a stint as chief of detectives in Baltimore.
Don’t read this as any kind of endorsement, but just to say, Eddie was a highly respected and talented detective boss – and a standup guy by us.
•Robbery Beef – While boro cops are reporting no noticeable rise in burglaries from Hurricane Sandy, they charged at least one less-than-nimble fingered thief with robbing donation boxes from two Arthur Ave. meat markets.
Yubelkis Pena, 47, allegedly lifted $100 from the donation jar at Vincent’s Meat Market Nov. 13, then returned to grab a donation box at the Calabria Pork Store, run outside and stuff money down her pants before she was nabbed.
Reporter Miawling Lam over at the Riverdale Review tickling some real estate records to report Equity One, the developers of the $54 mil Broadway Plaza shopping mall at W. 230th Street, dropped a cool $2 mil to buy an abandoned gas station next to it – more than three times the current market value – to add another chunk to their property.
Morris Park community leader Sal Conforto is one slippery fellow.
He took a tumble in his bathtub last week and cracked a couple of ribs – “but I still gave away turkeys last Saturday!” sayeth Sal. Feel better pal.