Gustavo Rivera's Press releases

State Senator Gustavo Rivera Introduces Bill to Tax Electronic Cigarette Cartridges in the State Senate

(Albany, NY) – Today, Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a bill in the State Senate that would tax electronic cigarette cartridges as a tobacco product in an effort to continue the pursuit of reducing New Yorker's exposure to nicotine and other damaging chemicals. This bill has also been introduced in the State Assembly by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.  

February 12, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Gustavo Rivera On Senator Skelos' Plan To Block A Vote On NYC Universal Pre-K

"It is unacceptable that the current structure of our Senate empowers a select few to prevent important legislation from even being discussed on the Senate floor.  New Yorkers deserve a legislature that openly and freely debates - and ultimately votes on - those issues of great importance to New Yorkers, including legislation on UPK funding." 
 

February 12, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger Host Roundtable on the Impact of SNAP Cuts

(New York, NY)  – State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger were joined yesterday by colleagues and advocates to discuss the impact of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on New York State residents and businesses.

November 20, 2013
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA & BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. LAUNCH THIRD YEAR OF BRONX CAN HEALTH INITIATIVE CHECK-IN

(Bronx, NY) –  State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with Montefiore Medical Center and other community health partners, will launch the third annual Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In on August 17th at Crotona Park, which is located in the new part of Senator Rivera’s district.

August 16, 2013
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON FLOYD V. THE CITY OF NEW YORK RULING

STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON FLOYD V. THE CITY OF NEW YORK RULING

“I am pleased that today’s court ruling recognized NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics for what they are – discriminatory and unconstitutional. While it is essential that we keep finding innovative ways of keeping our City safe, our efforts cannot be at the expense of New Yorkers’ civil rights. I am hopeful that the remedies put in place by today’s ruling will put an end to the discriminatory practices that have disproportionately violated the constitutional rights of thousands of minorities in New York.”  

August 12, 2013
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Senator Rivera Invites Student to Dig Into Reading This Summer

(Bronx, NY) – With school out and summer in full swing, Senator Gustavo Rivera encourages kids to enjoy summer reading and invites all fourth through sixth graders in the Bronx to participate in the New York State Senate’s Summer Reading Program. 

July 8, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Votes Down Legislation Which Would Reform New York’s Campaign Finance System

Democratic Conference Offered Legislation to Close Campaign Finance Loopholes and Oversights Which Currently Plague New York’s Election Laws

 

June 21, 2013
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Senator Rivera's VetConnect Bill Passes in the Senate

(Albany, NY) - Today, Senator Gustavo Rivera's (D-Bronx) bill S2226, also known as VetConnect, passed in the Senate. The bill will enable veterans to receive benefits information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

Veterans' service to our country entitles them to receive a spectrum of benefits ranging from medical treatment to vocational training to home loan programs. Unfortunately, 59 percent of veterans have little or no understanding of the benefits available to them, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs 2010 National Survey of Veterans.   

June 20, 2013
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Inducts Don Thomas to the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) will induct Don Thomas to the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame for his exemplary service on behalf of our nation and community at the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Group’s Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Immigration Information Session

(Bronx, NY) –  Senator Gustavo Rivera (D–Bronx), accompanied by special guest Congressman Rangel, will host an Immigration Information Session on Saturday, June 8, 2013 to address any questions local residents may have about immigration reform, immigration fraud, the pathway to citizenship and the New York State DREAM Act.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Rivera Urges Passage of Tough Ethics Reform Package

(Bronx, NY)Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference on Monday in unveiling a tough legislative ethics package that will serve as a step forward in enacting true ethics reform and restoring the public’s trust.

April 19, 2013
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Seeks Nominees for Veteran’s Hall of Fame Honor

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) invites local residents of the 33rd  State Senate district to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation and our community designates them as a possible inductee to the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

April 3, 2013
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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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