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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

 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 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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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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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

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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Van Nest gets graffiti clean up

Bronx Times - By Jaime Williams

Community leaders in Van Nest who were fed up with the graffiti plaguing their neighborhood after months of constant tagging and 311 calls that weren’t yielding results say they are finally seeing improvements now the a state Senator has stepped in.

July 18, 2014
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Bronx Freedom Fund seeks to show other groups how to post bail for needy defendants

NY Daily News - By Pete Barrett 

The difference between being saddled with a criminal record and keeping one’s profile clean often comes down to a person’s ability to come up with bail money, a new report from The Bronx Freedom Fund shows.

The fund, launched in 2007 and reopened in October 2013, four years after a judge ordered it to cease operation, is the first program licensed by the state to post bail on a defendant’s behalf.

The group says it has posted an average bail of $781 for 102 defendents since it reopened, resulting in the dismissal of 28 of the 44 cases that have been completed.

Often, a defendant who is unable to post bail will accept a deal to plead guilty to a lower charge, said Alyssa Work, the project manager of the Bronx Freedom Fund.

July 18, 2014
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Bill to offer state citizenship for undocumented immigrants

NY Daily News - By Erin Durkin 

Undocumented immigrants in New York could become “state citizens” with a slew of benefits from driver’s licenses under a new bill to be introduced Monday.

July 18, 2014
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It’s Barbecue season!

There are a few things you should know: 

File: 
BBQINFO+MAP (1).pdf

June 26, 2014
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It’s Barbecue season!

There are a few things you should know: 

File: 
BBQINFO+MAP (1).pdf

June 26, 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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Closer to Home

By Gustavo Rivera & Elizabeth Gaynes

The evidence that children love and need their parents is all around us. That evidence is a lot less visible when it comes to the 80,000 children with a parent in one of New York's 57 prisons. Maybe that's because most of our prisons are located far from the urban centers where most of our prisoners' families live.

June 11, 2014
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