City’s largest police union endorses Ruben Diaz Sr.’s bid for Congress

Maya Rajamani
May 21, 2020 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City’s largest police union has thrown its support behind controversial Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.’s bid for Congress.

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The Police Benevolent Association, which represents thousands of active and retired NYPD officers, endorsed Diaz for an open seat in the south Bronx’s 15th congressional district, according to a letter he posted on his Twitter page.

Diaz is running against candidates including Councilman Ritchie Torres, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to replace Rep. Jose Serrano, who plans to retire. 

“Your commitment to public and law enforcement are well recognized, and it would be an honor to have you representing our members in Congress,” PBA president Pat Lynch wrote in the letter.

Diaz has come under fire for speaking out against same-sex marriage, making homophobic statements, opposing abortion rights, supporting charter schools and inviting then-presidential candidate Ted Cruz to his district back in 2016.

Last year, he lost his role as chairman of the City Council’s for-hire vehicle committee after he said the council was “controlled by the homosexual community.” 

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