A Democrat candidate for New York City’s city council, who lives in Section 8 housing, went into damage control mode after photos were shared of her husband on a yacht.
The Facebook photos showed city council candidate Carlina Rivera’s husband, attorney and Community Board 3 Chairman, James Rogers, sailing on his wealthy father, William Rogers’, yacht as they competed in boating competitions, the New York Post reported.
The Facebook page “Big Boat,” which is the name of the yacht, removed the photos ahead of New York City’s primary elections on Tuesday but the damage was done.
The photos showed her husband on the boat in 2013, 2015 and again in May.
Rogers’ father is a retired corporate attorney whose bio states that he oversaw deals for as high as $100 billion, according to the Post.
It is not the first time that Rivera, whose website describes her as a “Democrat for New York City Council District 2,” has been scrutinized for her eligibility for the Section 8 low-income housing program.
Recent stories by the Post highlighted her salary as a former council staffer and her husband’s assets, which include being a landlord for a Lower East Side apartment he owns.
In addition to the apartment, Rogers owns a small family trust and co-owns a coffee growing business.
“So he’s a landlord on Section 8?” Lower East Side resident, Jorge de Yarza, told the Post. “This is nuts. Morally, there’s an issue there if you have access to those kinds of funds.”
Records showed that Rivera made $52,000 last year as a staffer for Council member Rosie Mendez.
But Rivera still resides in federally subsidized housing that she qualified for years ago because the program does not force out tenants after they surpass the income threshold, after they initially qualify, the Post reported.
Rivera invoked President Donald Trump’s name and the gender card to save herself.
“It’s sad to see last-minute Trump-style mudslinging attacking a qualified female candidate by going after her husband,” her spokesman, Matt Rey, said.
She has promised to leave the apartment if she wins the City Council seat, that comes with a $148,500 salary.
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