Bronx City Councilman Ritchie Torres has tested positive for coronavirus and will be quarantined for several weeks, Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced March 17. Members of his staff are also under quarantine.
The Speaker said that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which had already been doing additional cleaning at City Hall, would conduct extra work as a precautionary measure. Mr. Torres has last been at City Hall March 10, according to a Council statement; its offices there, as well as across the street at 250 Broadway, were closed beginning March 16.
Seeking Others at Risk
Mr. Johnson said, “The Council is also working to find people who have been in contact with Council Member Torres to alert them to his condition in order for them to self-isolate if necessary.”
Mr. Torres, who recently turned 32, is the youngest member of the Council. Since taking office in 2014, he has impressed as both an advocate and a perceptive questioner as head of the Public Housing Committee and, since early 2018, as Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Investigations.
His work in focusing attention on mismanagement and misrepresentations by top Housing Authority officials and questionable actions taken by Mayor de BLASIO raised his profile to the point where he is considered a top contender in the crowded Democratic field for the June primary race to succeed retiring Bronx Congressman Jose E. Serrano.
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