After primary loss, Miguelina Camilo joins Speaker Heastie’s staff as legal counsel


After an unsuccessful push to oust state Sen. Gustavo Rivera from his seat in the August primaries, Miguelina Camilo has found another path to the state Capitol — as a lawyer.

Camilo, 36, is joining the office of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie as his counsel.

Camilo is the president of the Bronx chapter of the 100 Hispanic Women, a nonprofit that seeks to lift up Latinas. She is the former president of the Bronx Women’s Bar Association and Dominican Bar Association, and after working in private law practices, she worked as associate counsel to the New York City Board of Elections.

Though the Riverdale Democrat is continuing her career as an attorney, Camilo attempted to launch a career making laws instead of advising on them, challenging Rivera in August’s Democratic primaries as a moderate candidate for Senate District 33. But despite having the backing of the Bronx Democratic Party and local establishment Democrats, Rivera survived the high-profile race winning by roughly 4%.

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