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Default Hispanic female Section 8 candidate who deleted pics of hubby riding yacht wins Council primary


Section 8 candidate who deleted pics of hubby riding yacht wins Council primary
By Yoav Gonen
September 12, 2017 | 11:35pm | Updated

Carlina Rivera
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The yacht lady wins!

Carlina Rivera won the Democratic primary for a lower East City Council seat in a landslide — despite questions raised about her residing in federally subsidized housing for lower income New Yorkers.

Rivera, a former aide to term-limited Councilwoman Rosie Mendez captured 63 percent of the vote against five other candidates, with 80 percent of the tally reported.

Ronnie Cho, who falsely claimed the political backing of Yankee legend Derek Jeter, garnered less than ten percent.

The Post reported Monday that Rivera had online photos scrubbed ahead of Tuesday’s primary showing her husband, Community Board 3 Chairman James Rogers, sailing on his pop William Rogers’ yacht.

The story also revealed that James Rogers owns a Lower East Side apartment on Grand Street — which The Post has learned he bought in 2013 for $320,000, according to public documents.

A StreetEasy profile of the Grand Street co-op boasts of a “huge living room,” “oak cabinetry” and “parquet wood floors,” along with “East River, Williamsburg Bridge and Empire State Views!” and a common fitness center.

Since getting married in 2015, the couple has lived in the same federally subsidized apartment that Rivera grew up in on nearby Stanton Street.

A two-person household must make less than $61,050 to qualify for Section 8 housing, but Rivera’s building allows tenants to remain indefinitely once they’ve landed a unit — even if their income skyrockets

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday defended Rivera.

“The city has clear rules and everyone needs to follow the rules stipulated by the federal government,” said de Blasio, who endorsed Rivera’s candidacy, after voting at the Park Slope library.

“She has made it clear that if she was elected, and therefore her income were to change, she would no longer keep that apartment. So from everything I’ve seen, she’s handled that situation appropriately.”
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