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Senator Rivera Issues Statement on the Passing of Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) released the following statement today in response to the passing of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch:

 "I am deeply saddened by the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch. Mayor Koch will be remembered as the quintessential New Yorker as well as for his sense of service to the city he loved. He had a passion that went beyond ensuring government worked efficiently for the people, but also a commitment to service that extended long after his term as Mayor. He was boisterous, outspoken and spirited. His legacy will remain in the hearts of New Yorkers for years to come, and he will be sorely missed."


February 1, 2013

A Statement on Veteran's Day

Dear Constituents,

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation designating November 11th as National Veteran’s Day. The country had come out of the Korean War and, as a country, we were looking for a way to honor those men who were coming home as well as those who had served in previous wars.

Our nation is, once again, welcoming soldiers home from war. The need to recognize and honor the men and women who have fought on behalf of our country is just as strong now as it was then. I want to take a moment today, on Veteran's day to honor all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces, defending our freedom and bringing justice abroad.


November 11, 2012

Senator Rivera Begins Neighborhood Crime Walks - Visiting High Crime Areas of the Northwest Bronx

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) visited high crime areas in the Northwest Bronx on, Friday, February 3rd, 2012 accompanied by Muslim leaders of the Masjid Adam Mosque located on Crotona Avenue and 183rd as well as youth leaders from the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center. 

Senator Gustavo was able to view areas in the community known for gun violence, robberies, and many other crimes. The Senator also had the opportunity to speak with residents of the area who have witnessed violence and poor housing conditions in their communities. The Senator described the walk as "necessary in order to be an advocate against violence in the community."

February 7, 2012

Senator Rivera Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Week With Healthy Foods

Senator Rivera Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Week

Hosts Class Called: Can I be Puerto Rican and Still Eat Healthy?

Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) celebrated Puerto Rican Heritage Week on Thursday, November 17 at MARC Academy with parents in the Northwest Bronx, by participating in a food demonstration and class on how to make healthier versions of Puerto Rican dishes. MARC Academy & Family Center Inc., South Bronx Job Corps Culinary Program and Senator Rivera spoke about the importance of making healthier choices, without losing the flavors of Puerto Rican and Latino food.

November 18, 2011

Statement from Senator Gustavo Rivera on Veterans Day

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) issued the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day:


“Veterans Day is a reminder of how important it is that each and every American take the time to thank the men and women who have served in uniform that live in our communities and in our neighborhoods. I would like to thank those Bronxites who have risked their lives to defend our country and their families who have sacrificed so much in the process.

Unfortunately, too many veterans are now returning from service and finding it difficult to find work and difficult to get by during tough economic times. Many veterans here in the Bronx and throughout the state are unaware of programs and benefits that are owed to them for their service.

November 11, 2011

Senator Rivera and Assembly Member Castro Hosted Job Fair for Bronxites

photo by Samuel Tuthill

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Assemblyman Nelson L. Castro (D-Bronx) hosted a job fair Friday, November 4th from 9:30am to 1:30pm at the Bronx Library Center at 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd. Last Friday's Job Fair was organized in collaboration with the NYS Department of Labor and the Bronx Women’s Resource Center.

"We had tremendous turnout, with over 1000 individuals seeking work attending the job fair on Friday," said Senator Rivera. "This turnout only further underscores the need for elected officials to do what we can to help spur economic growth and to help connect local businesses looking to hire with Bronxites looking for employment."

November 10, 2011

Senator Rivera and Borough President Diaz Celebrate Food Day and Launched Bronx CAN Health Initiative in Bronx Schools

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (D-Bronx) attended a celebration of National Food Day on Monday, October 24 at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, which is one of several schools in the Bronx that have adopted the Bronx CAN Family Health Challenge. The Family Health Challenge and the corresponding guidebook that is attached were created through a partnership between SEIU-CIR (SEIU’s Committee of Interns and Residents) and the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center. In addition to the Academy of Mount St. Ursula and other Bronx schools’ participation, the guidebook will be distributed to students at more than 50 public schools through Montefiore Medical Center’s school-based health clinics. 

October 25, 2011

Senator Gustavo Rivera Launches Free Community Civics Classes

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) last Thursday launched a series of community civic classes he will be teaching at the Bronx Library Center.

Senator Rivera’s civics course will start on October 13th and will continue every Thursday until November 3rd with a graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of the course. The course will focus on learning about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the different levels of government, as well as how government and elections work. 

October 18, 2011

Senator Rivera Toured Family Health Center Promoting “Bring Your Loved One To The Doctor” Day and Importance of Preventative Med

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) took a tour of The Family Health Center to promote “Bring Your Loved One to the Doctor Day” on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM. Senator Rivera has been partnering with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Community Health Network, Inc., Montefiore Medical Center, and other community partners as part of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. The month of September has been focused on highlighting the importance of preventative medicine and accessing healthcare regularly as part of maintaining one’s health. During the tour Senator Rivera weighed himself, took part in a cooking demonstration and also had his blood pressure taken.

October 5, 2011

Senator Rivera visits High School of American Studies for a Discussion on Government and Civics

Senator Gustavo Rivera visited the High School of American Studies at Lehman College on Tuesday September 26th 2011. Senator Rivera was there to talk to High School Seniors in their U. S. Government and History classes about a variety of topics including the legislative process.

While visiting the High School of American Studies (HSAS), a public school that emphasizes the study of American history, Senator Rivera met with students to talk about the role of a State Senator and the different branches of government.

September 29, 2011

Lehman College Ground Breaking

Senator Gustavo Rivera attended the groundbreaking for the new Lehman College Child Care Center on Tuesday September 20th. The new child care center will double the capacity of the current child care center, which will serve 140 children for all day and after school programs. In attendance were Congressman Eliot Engel, Lehman College president Ricardo R. Fernandez, Jose Magdaleno Vice President for Student Affairs at Lehman College, Allan H. Dobrin Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer for CUNY, and Iris Weinshall Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, CUNY. 

September 23, 2011

Senator Rivera: In the District (Interactive Map)

Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) has become the first New York State legislator to launch and actively participate on FourSquare. In the spirit of government transparency and increased accountability, Senator Rivera has invited the residents of the 33rd Senate District to track his events online in order to better understand where and how their Senator is working to serve them. 

August 10, 2011

Senator Rivera Launches Walk With Your Senator at St. James Park

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) launched Walk With Your Senator at St. James Park (2530 Jerome Ave.) as part of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. This weekly Walk With Your Senator will not only allow constituents another opportunity to discuss concerns in their community with their State Senator, but it will also encourage members of the community to come out an exercise. 

August 4, 2011

NYCHA Bronx North District Council of Presidents Meeting

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined the Bronx North District Council of Presidents as a guest speaker for the last meeting of the year before their summer break. NYCHA Department of Development staff was also on hand to speak to the Bronx North District Council of Presidents, led by  Herma Williams, Tenant’s Association President of Pelham Parkway. Senator Rivera spoke of the importance of eating healthy, highlighting the BronxCAN Health Initiative.

June 30, 2011

Senator Rivera Speaks Out Against Potential Deportations of New York City Foreign National Teachers

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined Bronx foreign national teachers, the Department of Education and other community leaders on the steps of city hall on Wednesday, June 29th to reiterate his support for foreign national teachers facing deportation. In a press conference led by the Black Institute and Council Member Jumaane Williams, Senator Rivera and other community members focused on the importance of ensuring that each of these hard-working teachers and their families are able to stay in the United States and receive legal permanent residency.

June 30, 2011

St. Barnabas Groundbreaking

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) proudly joined St. Barnabas staff and community leaders for the St. Barnabas Hospital garage groundbreaking ceremony. Senator Rivera joined St. Barnabas President Scott Cooper, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation Seth Pinsky, State Senator Jeff Klein and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to celebrate the beginning of this important construction project that has been made possible because of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

June 30, 2011

Senator Rivera Hosts Town Hall Meeting at Tracey Towers

Senator Rivera and Assemblywoman Rivera visited Tracey Towers for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 25. Concerns regarding the state budget, cuts to social services and housing, both in terms of the expiration of tenant protections and the issue of rate hikes were voiced during the evening.

"I am pleased that I was able to hear directly from the tenants of Tracey Towers, but I am very concerned that residents are facing drastic rent hikes," said Senator Rivera. "Building residents expressed concern that rent hikes would leave dozens and dozens of families in the building with no option but to leave Tracey Towers or even have to leave the neighborhood."

June 6, 2011

Watch Senator Rivera and Assemblyman Francisco Moya on Pura Politica

Click on this link to watch Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblyman Francisco Moya talk about ethics reform, housing and the budget:ón-en-albany

April 15, 2011
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