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Senator Gustavo Rivera Releases Statement Recognizing Black History Month

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera released the following statement today in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Black History Month:

“For 25 years, Black History Month has given us an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to our country’s history. The month of February is a time that we as adults remember important African-American leaders, activists, artists, writers and entrepreneurs, as well as a time that our children are introduced to these significant historical figures and the impact they have had on our society, our lives and our culture.

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Senator Rivera Joins Bronx Community Leaders and Elected Officials at Marriage Equality Press Conference

Senator Gustavo Rivera joined Bronx community leaders and elected officials at a press conference in support of marriage equality. The press conference was sponsored by the Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association (BRIDA) and the Bronx Community Pride Center.

“The right to marry your partner, to take care of your partner when they're sick, take time off from work to care for them - those are basic rights all New Yorkers deserve," said Senator Rivera. "Denying marriage to same-sex couples is a discriminatory practice. I believe New Yorkers deserve equal rights and that includes marriage equality."

Senator Rivera has committed to voting in favor of marriage equality when there is a vote on the floor of the New York State Senate.

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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.

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