I was born in East Harlem in the middle fifties.
My parents, Jose A. Rivera and Anselma Rivera, lived in the old tenements
on East 104th Street. During the first three months of life my twin brother
Tony and I developed pneumonia . We were hospitalized at Mt. Sinai Hospital,
where the doctor's told my mother that they were waiting to see which
one of us was going to die first. Miraculously, neither of us did. We
returned home to East 104th Street where my father and two older sisters
(Felicita and Diana) awaited their new brothers. My younger sister Ida
was born 23 months later. We moved to Jefferson Projects in 1960 and then
to De Witt Clinton projects in May of 1965.
attending parochial grammar school, I attended Catholic high school at
Power Memorial Academy. After high school I attended Fordham
University. While in my junior year at Fordham, I joined the Navy. This
was an important experience for me. I learned to be self-reliant. The
military also gave me the income necessary to buy my first computer in
1983. That Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 4 gave me a frame of reference for
computing in general and data bases in particular.
did I mention that I got married in 1982 to a beautiful woman (Cecilia)?
We met on the radio. Its a long story, but if you ever meet me, I'll be
glad to tell you about it. (You can't be too careful with info on the
internet). We have three wonderful children. On with the rest of the story.
main reason I purchased the computer was to do political targeting based
on some simple formulas I had learned. What I ended up learning was far
more. I, like many men of the time seemed to "click" with computing
and it has been a passion in my life ever since, eclipsed only by my love
of family and politics.
databases, I moved on to desk top publishing. I actually started an East
Harlem community newsletter in 1987. But being stationed in Albany, New
York made it difficult for me to obtain enough community information.
I tried the newsletter again in the early 90's but had to stop
due to lack of funds.
I resumed my community activism upon my discharge from the Navy after
ten years of service. Almost immediately, I became I member of the board
of a local community service agency. Since 1988 I have been a community
board member four times, have been elected to Community School Board #
4 and appointed to Neighborhood Advisory Board # 11. I have also been
active in politics. I've been elected to the Democratic county committee
twice (since 1977). Other campaign activities include:
- Volunteer for Robert Garcia's State Senator Reelection Race
1991 - Involved in Adam Powell, Jr's. race for City Council.
1992 - Supporter of Nelson Denis for State Assembly.
1993 - Involved in Francisco Diaz, Jr.'s for City Council race.
1994 - CO-coordinator of East Harlem portion of Charles Rangel for Reelection
1995 - Deputy campaign manager for Francisco Diaz, Jr's. race for State
1995 - Candidate for District Leader 68 AD part "B"
1996 - Elected Community School Board District # 4
1996 - Part of campaign management team of Rosado For State Senate
1997 - Elected President of the People's Forum for Change (Councilman
Adam Powell's Democratic Club).
A coworker talked me into returning to school in 1992, which led to a
B.A. from Fordham University in 1994. My majors were Political Science
and Religious Studies. Two very interesting fields of study. I think they
mix. Religious studies for the inner man, and Political Science to motivate
and East Harlem Online
What I have done is combine my various interests, computing, politics,
community activism, and amateur radio (N2LRB is my call sign). Since all
my interest can be improved, via computing, that is just what I have done.
In January 1995, I became very curious about the Internet. I got my feet
wet via Pipeline, a ISP, and went gaga over Web pages. I saw lots of real
possibilities with the Web.
took me a year, but in February 1996 I took a leap and uploaded my first
Web pages into the Webcom server. I have since upgraded, improved, redesigned,
and added to my Web site. I see East-Harlem.Com as a life long commitment.
There are so many East Harlem institutions, experiences to share, stories
to tell, and that's just fine with me. Everyone should have a life long
project to keep them busy. Actually this Web site is a labor of love.
I am proud of my community and I love to show it off for all to see.
that is it for my bio, if you have any question, feel free to e-mail me.