Gustavo Rivera's Press releases

Senator Rivera Speaks on the Senate's Passing of the 2013-2014 Budget

Expresses disappointment regarding minimum wage, SUNY Downstate and OPWDD funding cut; celebrates transfer of Fulton Correctional Facility

April 1, 2013
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Senator Rivera Speaks on the Transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility in the Bronx

Bronx, NY –  State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) is pleased that the Public Protection and General Government budget bill, which was passed by the Senate Sunday afternoon, included the transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility and extended various criminal justice and public safety programs.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Rivera Becomes Ranking Member of Senate Health Committee

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) was today named ranking member of the New York Senate's Health Committee.  As a member of the Senate Democratic Conference, Senator Rivera will be representing the interests of the conference on issues of health.

January 25, 2013
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Senator Rivera Announces Historic Passage of Common Sense Gun Laws

Bronx, NY- State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) today announced that the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly have passed comprehensive gun control legislation. This bill package was passed with unanimous support from the Senate Democratic Conference and included multiple pieces of legislation previously sponsored by Democratic Senators that had been blocked by the Republican Majority in the State Senate.

January 16, 2013
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Senator Rivera Joined Parents of Our Lady of Mercy Call on Archdiocese to Give Schools More Time Community Requests More Time Before Archdiocese Makes Final Decision on Fate of Schools Slated for Closure

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF - Bronx) joined dozens of parents and students of Our Lady of Mercy on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:00PM to call on the Archdiocese to give local Catholic schools slated for closure more time to come up with a plan to save the school.

December 21, 2012
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Senator Gustavo Rivera & Assembly Member Nelson Castro Hosted Job Fair

Bronx, NY- State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-WF), and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D, WF) hosted their  second annual job fair for Bronx residents on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 12 PM to 4 PM. Employers interviewed  job seekers for a number of employment opportunities, ranging from opportunities in the healthcare industry to customer service and retail opportunities.

"Assembly Member Castro and I meet local residents every day who are looking for employment opportunities," said Senator Rivera. "It is our responsibility as elected officials to connect our constituents with employment opportunities, many of which are right here in the Bronx like Fresh Direct and Montefiore Medical Center."

November 19, 2012
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The Teen Health Center Partners with Bronx Connect to Bridge Communications Gap NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera Backs Generational Communications Gap Initiative in the Bronx

 

Bronx, NY -St. Barnabas Hospital CAPP (Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) project, in collaboration with Bronx Connect ATI (Alternative to Incarceration), and Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF) is pioneering an initiative to bridge the generational communications gap between teens and their parents in the New York City.  

October 31, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Bills to Protect New York’s Youth From Harmful Effects of Cigarettes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed two bills to protect New York's children and teenagers from the harmful effects of cigarettes.  The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools (A.10141-B / S.6854-B), as well as prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 (A.9044-B /S.2926-B). 

September 5, 2012
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Riders, Elected Officials, Community Groups, and TWU Local 100 Announced “Bring Back Our Buses and Subways” Campaign

New York, NY—Riders, elected officials, community groups, and TWU Local 100 gathered for a press conference at 12noon on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, on the steps of City Hall. The coalition announced their formation of a new campaign—Bring Back Our Buses and Subways—to pressure the MTA to restore all transit services that were cut in 2010.

July 25, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Assemblyman Aubry Pass Charitable Bail Bond Legislation Governor Cuomo signs bill into Law

 

Bronx, NY- Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) bill S7752/ A10640-B, the Charitable Bail Bonds Bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo yesterday. The bill will allow charitable organizations to post bail for individuals who cannot afford to do so themselves. This legislation was carried in the Assembly by Assembly Member Jeff Aubry (D-Queens).

 

July 20, 2012
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Senator Rivera Congratulates Supreme Court for Historic Decision on the Affordable Care Act

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, including the individual mandate:

"Today is a great day for the residents of the Bronx that I represent and for working people throughout the United States who understand the struggle to find affordable health care in this country. I am incredibly grateful for the Supreme Court's important and historic decision and for President Obama's leadership on ensuring that every American have access to affordable health insurance. Thanks to today's decision, the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act will lead to 32 million more Americans having health insurance by 2014."

June 29, 2012
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Senator Rivera Releases Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision on SB 1070

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court 5-3 decision to strike down three provisions of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial anti-immigrant law, while narrowly upholding a fourth part of the law that requires police to check the immigration status of anyone who they suspect may be undocumented:

 

June 25, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Assembly Member Dinowitz Pass Smoking Ban Legislation

Albany, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) yesterday afternoon passed S 6854-B/A 10141-B in both the State Senate (54-2) and State Assembly (102-2). This legislation was the first of Senator Rivera's health bills that was developed from dialogue with health partners and community members during the 2011 Bronx CAN Health Initiative.

Click here to watch State Senator Gustavo Rivera discuss this legislation [S.6854-B] on the floor of the State Senate.

June 19, 2012
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Senator Rivera Releases Results of Post Office Usage Survey In Northwest Bronx

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) today, released the results of a survey of post office usage conducted in the Northwest Bronx. The neighborhoods that were surveyed include Bedford Park, Norwood, Fordham and the Kingsbridge Heights area. The survey was conducted in response to the Van Cott and Botanical Gardens being placed on the list of post offices being considered for closure in the Bronx.

Click here to see the final results of the survey

June 6, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Launch the Second Year of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-WF) along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Montefiore Medical Center and other community health partners launched the second year of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative on Saturday, June 2nd at St. James Park. Dozens of Bronxites participated in Saturday's health fair, taking advantage of blood pressure and diabetes screenings, a free Zumba class and the advice of health care professionals.

 

June 4, 2012
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Senator Rivera Honors LaTanga Blair, Inducts Her into Veterans’ Hall of Fame

 

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) today honored LaTanga Blair, an United States Army E-4 Specialist, by nominating her to join the New York State Senate 2012 Veterans' Hall of Fame. Each year, Senators are able to nominate an individual to honor for their service to our country and their local community. 

May 23, 2012
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Senator Rivera Hosts Community Conversation on Stop & Frisk, This is the Third Workshop in a Series of Public Safety Workshops

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) partnered with 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care to host a community conversation on Stop and Frisk last Thursday, May 17th at 6:00PM. Dozens of Bronx residents engaged in a dialogue about their experiences with law enforcement and about how to proceed if stopped by the police. Some audience members, including Senator Rivera, participated in skits that portrayed both good and bad behavior when individuals are stopped by law enforcement officials.

May 21, 2012
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Senator Rivera Launches Series of Public Safety Workshops

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) hosted his first in a series of public safety workshops in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence on the issue of Bullying and Cyber Bullying. Parents, teenagers and community leaders attended the workshop to share stories of bullying and ways to prevent and address cyber-bullying and bullying in schools.

May 8, 2012
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Senator Rivera Launches Series of Public Safety Workshops

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) hosted his first in a series of public safety workshops in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence on the issue of Bullying and Cyber Bullying. Parents, teenagers and community leaders attended the workshop to share stories of bullying and ways to prevent and address cyber-bullying and bullying in schools.

May 8, 2012
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