Gustavo Rivera's Press releases

STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA'S BILL TO ENSURE A FAMILY MEMBER OR CARETAKER OF AN INCARCERATED PERSON IS ABLE TO ACCESS THEIR LOVED ONES' MEDICAL INFORMATION PASSES THE SENATE

Rivera and Blake's Legislation Goes to the Governor for his Signature

(Albany, NY) -  State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Michael Blake's bill to require the Department of Correction and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to provide medical information disclosure forms as a matter of routine to all incarcerated individuals upon arrival or transfer to a new facility passed the State Senate yesterday unanimously. This bill passed the Assembly on June 1st, 2015 and is now heading to the Governor for his signature.

June 19, 2015
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina

"Make no mistake; the atrocious act of violence rooted in hate that took place last night at the Emanuel AME Church was an act of domestic terror against the very heart of the African-American community and our country. We sadly lost nine souls who were gathering together in a prayer service, including pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney, who had dedicated his life to serving and improving his community. While I commend law enforcement for securing the suspect and working to ensure justice is served, as a country, we must come together to send a clear message that this type of hatred and intolerance will not be tolerated.

June 18, 2015
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Rent Regulation Laws

"It is simply appalling that rent regulation laws were allowed to expire last night while Senate Republicans entertained a measure that had no chance of passing both houses and did not even come close to making the necessary changes to the law that New Yorkers who live in these apartment so desperately need and have been calling for. In fact, the bill proposed and passed by Senate Republicans places new obstacles and diluted the right of tenants trying to secure or maintain their homes.  

 

June 16, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Passes Legislation In The Senate To Ban Smoking Near After-School Programs

Legislation Inspired by Local Bronx After-School Program Passes in the State Senate

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), the ranking member of the State Senate Health Committee, announced the passage of bill S.993A in the State Senate. The legislation, which was introduced at the urging of an after-school program located in Senator Rivera's district, would ban smoking tobacco products in and around after-school programs.

May 20, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Introduces Bill to Study the Eagle Academy’s Educational Model

State Legislature Recognizes Eagle Academy’s Success in the State’s Educational System and Seeks to Explore How to Leverage its Model Statewide

May 20, 2015
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA AND ASSEMBLYMAN MICHAEL BLAKE INTRODUCE THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE DISCLOSURE ACT

Proposed Legislation Would Identify Companies Who Heavily Rely on Taxpayers to Subsidize Their Business

May 18, 2015
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Statement form State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Bill That Would Prohibit the Practice of Lobbying for Those Convicted of Class D Felonies:

"At a time when ethic scandals continuously plague Albany, it is truly disappointing that the Senate Investigation and Government Operations Committee would fail to advance a bill which would ban lobbyists who have been convicted or plead guilty to a class D felony from acting as a lobbyist. If we are to be effective at combating corruption and ethics violations throughout our State government, we must pass measures that set clear consequences for those who play a role in government and show blatant disrespect for the law.

April 28, 2015
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Statement form State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Bill That Would Grants Attorney General Jurisdiction to Prosecute Police Misconduct:

"For the second time in the last two weeks Senate Republicans have failed to move legislation out of committee that would reform how our criminal justice system prosecutes incidents involving law enforcement that result in the death or injury of a New Yorker. I am very disappointed that the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations failed to recognize the need to advance a bill that would help remove doubt from the criminal justice process and restore the public's trust.

April 28, 2015
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA SPEAKS ON THE SENATE'S PASSING OF THE 2015-2016 BUDGETS

(Albany, NY) - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the State Senate to vote on the 13 bills of the 2015-2016 Budget.  Senator Rivera voted against three of the budget bills, specifically the Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation bill (S.2008-B), the Public Protection and General Government bill (S.2005-B), and the Education, Labor and Family Assistance bill (S.2006)

2014-2015 BUDGET

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES THE REPEAL OF A LAW THAT WOULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE BRONX

(Bronx, NY) - Today, Senator Rivera announced that the Health and Mental Hygiene budget bill (S.2007-B/A. 3007-B), which passed with 60 to 1 vote, contained a provision to repeal state law that would require potential health facilities projects in Bronx County to undergo a public forum process to authorize its construction.  The portion of the law that was repealed was passed as part of the 2014-2015 budget in an effort to obstruct the development of a Montefiore facility in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES KINGSBRIDGE SUBWAY STATION TO RECEIVE FUNDING IN THE STATE BUDGET

State to Allocate $1 Million for Accessibly Study in Anticipation of The Kingsbridge National Ice Center 

(BRONX, NY) - Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera announced  that the  Aids to Localities budget bill (S.2003-C/A.3003-C), which passed today with a 60 to 1 vote, included $1 million to conduct an accessibility and capacity study at the Kingsbridge and Jerome subway station in anticipation of the building of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. The purpose of the study is to determine how the Kingsbridge National Ice Center will impact the ridership of the station.

April 1, 2015
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CITY AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS LAUNCH THE WEST BRONX HOUSING COALITION

Nine Elected Officials Join Forces to Address West Bronx Housing Crisis through Homegrown Solutions

March 12, 2015
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BRONX FREEDOM FUND RELEASES FIRST YEAR OF RESULTS

State Senator Gustavo Rivera’s First Law Helps 140 Bronxites Successfully Avoid Unnecessary Jail Time in First Year and Inspires City-wide Bail Fund 

February 17, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

Bronx, NY -  In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 4, 2015
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January 15, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera and the Montefiore Health System Host a Town Hall Meeting on Ebola

(Bronx, NY) – Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Montefiore Health System, Morris Heights Health Center, the Bronx Borough President’s African Advisory Council, The Bronx District Attorney's Office, and the New York Commission on Human Rights gathered at Claremont Neighborhood Center to inform members of the community about Ebola, discourage further violence towards the African community and promote actions the community can take to help fight this global health concern.

December 2, 2014
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FOURTH YEAR OF BRONX CAN WILL HELP PREPARE THOUSANDS OF BRONXITES FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Bronx CAN Partners to Distribute 2,000 Backpacks and Provide Health Screenings for Children and Parents

(Bronx, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Bronx CAN partners including, Kars for Kids (www.kars4kids.org), Union Community Health Center, Montefiore Medical Center and other community health partners, have joined together to host three events throughout the 33rd Senate Districts with free health screenings and over 2,000 free backpacks for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.

August 18, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Passes Bill Banning Smoking Around After-School Programs

Legislation Inspired by Local Bronx After-School Program Passes in the State Senate

June 26, 2014
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Bold New Campaign Demands Full Equality for Non-Citizens

***National Coalition Unveils “New York is Home” Legislation to Help Nearly 3 Million Noncitizen New Yorkers Become State Citizens, and Vows to Win State Citizenship for Immigrants in Other States***

June 26, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Introduces Resolution Designating June as Immigrant Heritage Month in New York State

Albany, NY - Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) introduced a resolution designating the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month in New York State. The resolution seeks to highlight, recognize and celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made to our State.

June 10, 2014
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