Incumbency likely enough for Riley in Council District 12 primary that’s failing to engage voters


There may be no better position in local politics than that of an incumbent officeholder. In the Bronx, just three of the borough’s 12 city councilmembers are facing a primary challenge, however, all primary challenges are not created equally.

Such is the case in City Council District 12 in the East Bronx — a legislative district whose boundaries include the Wakefield, Baychester, Eastchester, Olinville, Co-op City, Edenwald and Williamsbridge sections — and current seatholder Kevin Riley, a Democrat.