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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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William Arthur Francis

William Arthur Francis represented his country in the United States Air Force from February 1965 to October 1968. He served in Vietnam at the 7th Air Force Headquarters on Tan Son Nhut Air Base from June 1967 to May 1968, and upon completion of his service, Mr. Francis received an honorable discharge as an E4 Sergeant and was awarded both the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.  

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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Carmen G. Rivera

Carmen G. Rivera has been an active community organizer and activist for more than 40 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Community & External Affairs for VIP Community Services. Previously on the VIP Community Services’ Board of Directors for 30 years, she also served as its chair.

Ms. Rivera was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Her bilingual and bicultural background provided her with a unique sensitivity to the plights of immigrants and those with language barriers – thus beginning a career full of volunteerism. Most notably, a local priest at St. Anthony’s – Reverend Father Robert Banome – helped nurture her thirst for spiritual ministry and activism.

May 13, 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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Forum/Town Hall: STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA TO HOST A HOUSING PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FEATURED SPEAKER STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

(BRONX, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a panel discussion on housing featuring State Senator Adriano Espaillat, ranking member on the New York State Senate Housing Committee, on Thursday, April 16 at the Bronx Library Center. Housing experts will join the Senators to discuss affordable housing, rent regulation and tenants’ rights.

April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA TO HOST A HOUSING PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FEATURED SPEAKER STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

(BRONX, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a panel discussion on housing featuring State Senator Adriano Espaillat, ranking member on the New York State Senate Housing Committee, on Thursday, April 16 at the Bronx Library Center. Housing experts will join the Senators to discuss affordable housing, rent regulation and tenants’ rights.

April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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EARTH DAY 2015 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 33

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 33rd Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: David Castelan3rd GradePublic School 159

April 10, 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

 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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