”He is in for a fight. We fought for every vote and will protect every one of them,” he said. “He’s the only one who thinks i didn’t win. The reaction from the street has been positive. He doesn’t want to admit he lost.”
Lantigua said, “The calls from thousands of people who were disillusioned with the process led me to ask for a recount. I’ve remained silent until now waiting for a final decision from the authorities.
”Such decision has not come, and I want you to know that I will defend our constitutional rights until the last resort to assure that every vote you cast will be counted justly,” Lantigua said.
The mayor told his radio audience he needed their support and urged listeners to stop by his Essex Street campaign headquarters to sign recount petitions.
He ended by quoting civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The time is always right to do the right thing.”
Minutes after his radio appearance, people began to trickle into his headquarters, around the corner from City Hall.
Luz Maria De la Rosa was among the first to stop in.
”I heard your message on the radio and I came to help,” she told Lantigua. After filling out a form with her voter registration information, De la Rosa began helping others.
”I’m not happy with the results and as voters we want to make sure who the winner is so we can be confident about the process,” she said.
One hour later, Lantigua’s headquarter was full of people who came to offer their support with a handshake and hugs as well as their signatures.
Juan and Alba Diaz stopped in along with their son, Jean Carlos, 19. They also have a daughter, Alba, 18.
“He has proven himself by the projects he has done and we want a leader who can make our city better as we raise our children here,” Alba Diaz said.