Thursday night at Maestros was billed as Abrazo Boricua in celebration of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade inc. This should have been up a day earlier, but I was still in shock from the love fest that went on between Governor Paterson and Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. The two who on Thursday morning were exchanging barbs and calling each other names while threatening to shut down New York State had nothing but praise and good words for each other. Also on hand were Bronx borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, Assemblyman Marco Crespo, Ms. Madelyn Lugo President of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, and Hon. Anibal Vega Borges the mayor of the Municipality of Toa Baja.
Over 400 people were in attendance, including 76th Assembly candidate Luis Sepulveda who has lost 22 pounds in the past few weeks running all around the 76th Assembly District. State Senate Conference Leader John Sampson arrived after Governor Paterson had already left, but Sampson also had only kind words for the governor, while loving words for Senator Diaz.
One person not able to attend was Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr., who's aide said that Espada was on his way from a late night in Albany and would not be able to make the event in time. The only thing missing then would have been Assembly Speaker Silver, and maybe the budget could have been hammered out that night.