The Latest From Ritchie Torres for Council
Get Out the Vote with Ritchie Torres!
It's time for that final push! Come be part of history in the making by helping to elect Democrat Ritchie Torres to New York City Council. We need volunteers to make phone calls, hand out flyers, and knock door to door with us.
Our offices are located in Belmont, Bronx:
609 E188th Street, Bronx NY 10458
We'll be opening our doors and receiving volunteers on the following dates and times:
Friday, September 6th
7:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday, September 7th
9:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, September 8th
9:00am to 9:00pm
Monday, September 9th
6:00am to 9:00pm
Tuesday, September 10th
5:00am to 9:00pm
Take the D train or the 4 train to Fordham Rd Station. You can either walk 15 minutes down E 188th Street to the office (we are right between Arthur and Hughes Avenues) or take the Select 12 bus service to Southern Blvd.
Campaign Kick-Off Speech - 5/18/2013
"Jóvenes hispanos se abren paso en la política de NYC"
-Young Latinos make inroads in NYC politics-
"This year's elections for both Mayor and City Council is full of diversity.One of the most interesting factor among some Democratic Latino candidates, is that several of them are under 30 years old.
The youngest of all is Ritchie Torres . Only 24, Torres is looking to be Councilman of the 15th district in the Bronx. "I have a message and record that resonates with the community," said Torres
The young candidate, Puerto Rican, worked with Councilman James Vacca, his political mentor in that county, and has served as a tenant organizer for six years in that community.
"I have not only worked with tenant associations, I built them," he said, with his voice firm and secure.
Looking to fill the seat being vacated by Joel Rivera, who also became the youngest member in the history of the City Council , at the age of 22.
Rivera can not seek re-election for a fourth term because the term limit laws prevent him from doing so.
According to experts, the scandals and the departure of many Council Members due to term limits is a great opportunity for young candidates such as Torres.
"We have 33 Latino elected officials and the general feeling is that they are not doing the job they are supposed to do for the community," said political analyst Angelo Falcon...."
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"Youthful ambition - Councilman's Protege,24, seeks seat next to mentor"
“I hope to change business-as-usual. I want to be more proactive, more go-getting, than the norm of political leadership in the Bronx,” Torres said of his quest to replace term-limited City Councilman Joel Rivera in the 15th district.
.... In a relatively short period of time, Torres, who barely looks voting age, has raised nearly double the amount of campaign funds of his rivals and has garnered a lengthy list of endorsements from several unions including UFCW Local 1500, which represents grocery workers, and 32BJ, representing building workers.
But despite his popularity among politically-connected unions and the backing of elected officials, Torres believes he comes to the table with a fresh perspective.
"I'm a product of Bronx schools, a product of public housing, and a product of a working poor household," Torres said of his roots in the borough. "
"Ritchie Torres Endorsed by The New York
City Council Progressive Caucus Alliance"
I am excited to receive the endorsement of the City Council's Progressive Caucus Alliance. The caucus fights for policies in the Council that support quality built affordable housing, great public schools, safe streets, and good jobs with fair wages-- the policy areas I hope to focus on as a councilman if elected. I look forward to working with my fellow progressives in government to make New York City work for all its residents. The Caucus will be hosting fundraisers and recruiting volunteers to support myself and the other candidates endorsed, and I can't thank these fine leaders enough!"
"Ritchie Torres Endorsed by The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators"
The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators announced today (March 27) that they will be throwing their support my way! As a product of New York City Public Schools run by these amazing education advocates, I am proud they recognize that I will strive to be a tireless partner in securing funding and resources for these institutions that shape our youth, our future.
"Ritchie is a product of our public schools. He is an energetic, young leader in his community and we will do everything we can to make sure he is elected,” said Ernest Logan, president of CSA.
"Ritchie Torres endorsed by New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council"
More endorsements! The AFL-CIO's local union representing hotel and motel workers, the NYHTC, has given me their support in my upcoming election. Josh Gold, the political director of HTC, has spoken my praises recently:
“This will be a priority race for us. Ritchie is the type of young, bright, and talented organizer that we need more of on the City Council” Gold said. “Like many of our members, Ritchie has pulled himself up from a humble upbringing to be a leader in his community.”
The Hotel Trades Council has one of the premier get out the vote operations in the state and I’m excited to have them on my team. These workers are the backbone of our city, enabling our city to be the tourist capital of the world that employees thousands of New Yorkers in tourism related industries, and I'm glad they know I will advocate for them and all New Yorkers who deserve a decent wage for their hard work. Thanks HTC!
"Ritchie Torres Endorsed by 32BJ SEIU"
Great news! I'm happy to announce that I was recently endorsed by 32BJ SEIU, a union that represents the property service professionals I have worked with as Housing Director for Councilman Jimmy Vacca. Fighting for tenants rights, I have seen how these individuals work tirelessly for the apartment residents they serve. And I promise to live up to the kinds words that Hector Figueroa, the President of the union, said about myself and the other candidates privleged to be endorsed.
The endorsement reminds me of how much I wish my grandfather were here to see me run for public office; these moments would have made my grandfather proud, and his absence makes them bittersweet.
"Ritchie Torres endorsed by UFCW Local 1500"