After 21 years, the Bronx’s 78th Assembly District begins a new political chapter

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Entering this June’s Democratic primary George Alvarez had been politically pigeonholed as a bottom-ballot perennial candidate before pulling off the Bronx’s biggest shock of this year’s election cycle by unseating long-term incumbent Jose Rivera.

A month prior to his upset of Rivera, the 21-year seatholder and former head of the Bronx Democratic Party, Alvarez faced a two-week legal battle with an election lawyer who unsuccessfully tried to get him removed from the ballot before the primary.

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