PRBA President 1983 – 1985
Peter Manuel Rivera was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on November 12, 1946. He migrated to New York City at an early age along with his mother, Candita; his father, Victor Manuel; and his sister, Lucy. A graduate of New York City public schools, Peter was awarded a Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from Pace College in 1968, and, in 1974, was conferred a Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law School. He was admitted to practice law in March of 1975.
His career in public service began in the late 1960s as a police officer in the South Bronx. From a street patrolman, he quickly rose to the rank of detective. As a detective, his duties included serving as the Department’s radio and television spokesperson on issues pertinent to the Hispanic community.