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Five Questions with David Rivera

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera addresses his colleagues during a Jan. 24 session of the Buffalo Common Council. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

David A. Rivera

The basics
Age: 53
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, Niagara district
Family: My wife, Esther; two sons, Joshua (wife, Norma) and Jonathan (wife, Stephanie); two grandchildren, JD and Alilah.
Education: Associate degree in social science
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: I spent 25 years with the Buffalo Police Department. I started as a patrol officer and was later promoted to detective and then detective sergeant.
City salary: $52,000 + $1,000 stipend for chairing Claims Committee

The questions
What's your favorite restaurant?
I love eating at Saigon Cafe on Elmwood Avenue. My wife really loves Left Bank.

What music have you been listening to lately?
I grew up listening to all types because I worked in a music store, and I still like almost all kinds of music with the exception of heavy metal.  Lately, I listen to the radio while I drive and prefer something quieter.

What's one thing people don't know about you?
Probably my involvement in my church and community. Before my time as a council member I was involved in many non-profits and sat on various boards of directors. I was an associate pastor at my church for years, and am currently serving as our interim pastor. It keeps me very busy, as do my two grandchildren.

Who's your political hero?
I don’t really have a political hero, just people whose careers I follow with interest. I’m partial to Bill Clinton because his run for President is what inspired me to get involved in local politics back in the early '90s.

What's the worst part of your job?
The politics involved with working in government; the political posturing. I love working with constituents, attending block club meetings and dealing directly with residents. I get stir-crazy at home or in the office, and when it’s nice out I will walk around my neighborhood just to see what’s going on. Those are the good days.

--Aaron Besecker
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