Naomi Rivera is a Bronx Assemblywoman with an apparent love of a man she placed on her staff, and an even greater love of broadcasting her relationships on social media. The New York Post has reported that Rivera has a ‘secret’ Facebook page under the name Daniela Rivera.
While the Post delves into a bit of tabloid reporting on Rivera’s gal pals, and her “lacy red bra”, it does raise a much bigger issue of potential corruption – Her relationship with Tommy Torres whom she placed on the government payroll.
But more than anything, the lawmaker’s Internet alter-ego is devoted to Tommy Torres, a fellow Democrat eight years her junior whom she has been dating for at least two years — and whom she put on her government payroll.
Dozens of photos on Daniela’s page show Rivera with her hunky “babe” in various poses — locking lips, nuzzling his cheek and dirty dancing.
The legislator began posting romantic photos of Torres in 2009, when she created the page under “Daniela,” her middle name, and a year before she hired him or finalized her divorce from husband Antonio Rodriguez.
Torres pulled down $18,123 in taxpayer-funded salary while working out of Rivera’s Morris Park district office for four months in 2010, records show.
But exactly what he did for his $1,100-a-week rate remains unclear — as does the question of how it was even possible for him to work for Rivera when he was already working full time as a gym teacher and high-school sports coach.
According to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office and Assembly records, Torres was listed as a “full-time” community-relations director for Rivera from Aug. 30, 2010, until Jan. 1, 2011.
At the same time, city Department of Education records indicate, he worked full time at Brooklyn’s PS 157 and made extra money coaching after class. In 2010, he earned a total of $89,550 from the DOE, records show.
Rivera eventually responds to reporter inquiries by asking them to respect her privacy.
First off, if you’re a public figure who has hired a staffer that collects taxpayer funds as a second job, and you are also romantically involved with said staffer, then the public has a right to know about your boy toy’s job, what he did if anything, and how much he was paid.
Second, if you want people to respect your privacy, then don’t post pictures of yourself in scantily clad embraces with staff members on Facebook. Isn’t that common knowledge?
Rivera is the daughter of Jose Rivera, a man the Other McCain calls “a corrupt Bronx Democrat machine politician”. Rivera was arrested in 2001 for trespassing, along with two other New York politicians and Al Sharpton.