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Bronx State Sen. Gustavo Rivera Passes First Piece of Legislation

By Jordan Moss – Bronx News Network http://www.bronxnewsnetwork.org/2011/06/bronx-state-sen-gustavo-rivera-passes.htmlState Sen. Gustavo Rivera's office just tweeted that the freshman lawmaker just passed his first bill, which enables nonprofit organizations to post bail for defendants that can't afford to do it for themselves. In a press release, Rivera states: “Thousands of New Yorkers are held in jail each year because they simply cannot afford to post a few hundred dollars bail,” said Senator Rivera.

June 24, 2011
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Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check In

Please join Senator Rivera for the second Bronx CAN Health Initiative check-in and either sign up for the Bronx CAN Health Challenge or come in and measure your progress toward your personal health goal and get helpful tips and resources. 

August 20, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check In

Please join Senator Rivera and take the Bronx CAN Health Challenge or check-in to measure and talk about your progress on the road to meeting you personal health goals.

July 16, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Senator Rivera Passes His First Bill as State Senator

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) passed legislation today in the New York State that will allow charitable organizations to post bail. This legislation he introduced was inspired by a pilot program that set out to find a solution for individuals who cannot afford to post bail and has proved successful in Bronx county. 

June 21, 2011
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What do you think is the most important problem facing the Bronx today?

Jobs/Employment

23% (22 votes)

Health

9% (9 votes)

Education K-12

7% (7 votes)

Higher Education

7% (7 votes)

Public Safety

6% (6 votes)

Immigration/Immigrants' rights

8% (8 votes)

Housing

19% (18 votes)

Small Business Issues

3% (3 votes)

Environment

5% (5 votes)

Transportation

3% (3 votes)

Labor

0% (0 votes)

Women's issues

9% (9 votes)

Total votes: 97

June 20, 2011
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Bronx Sen. Gustavo Rivera Says Dems Want Strengthened Rent Laws, Not Just Extension of Old Ones

http://www.bronxnewsnetwork.org/2011/06/bronx-sen-gustavo-rivera-says-dems-want.html 

Last night, Democrats voted not to extend rent regulations because they say the status quo isn't good enough. Today, Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera, whose 33rd District includes a wide swath of the northwest Bronx and 72,000 rent regulated apartments, said they are holding out for strengthened rent regulations. Click here to see video.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Rivera Congratulates Freddy Ferrer on Confirmation to Board of the MTA, Praises Governor Cuomo for Appointment

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the State Senate today to confirm Governor Cuomo's appointment of Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer to the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The State Senate voted unanimously in favor of the nomination.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Rivera and Borough President Diaz Launch Bronx CAN Health Initiative

On Saturday, June 11, Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. came together to announce the launch of the Bronx CAN (Change Attitudes Now) Health Initiative at the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center in the 33rd Senate District alongside community partners. You can learn more about this event and upcoming events between June 11, 2011 and October 24, 2011 on our website at www.bronxcan.com

June 13, 2011
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Senator Rivera and Assemblywoman Meng Applaud Governor Cuomo for Suspending Controversial Secure Communities

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to suspend the controversial Secure Communities program:

We are proud to stand with Governor Cuomo today as he announced the suspension of New York's participation in Secure Communities, a controversial partnership between immigration officials and local law enforcement that has come under scrutiny at a national level for straying from its intended purpose of deporting dangerous criminal immigrants. While Secure Communities is intended to focus on the deportation of dangerous criminal immigrants, 79% of those deported nationwide under this program had no criminal record.

June 6, 2011
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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.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Rivera Hosts Town Hall Meeting at Tracey Towers

Senator Rivera and Assemblywoman Rivera visited Tracey Towers for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 25. Concerns regarding the state budget, cuts to social services and housing, both in terms of the expiration of tenant protections and the issue of rate hikes were voiced during the evening.

"I am pleased that I was able to hear directly from the tenants of Tracey Towers, but I am very concerned that residents are facing drastic rent hikes," said Senator Rivera. "Building residents expressed concern that rent hikes would leave dozens and dozens of families in the building with no option but to leave Tracey Towers or even have to leave the neighborhood."

June 6, 2011
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Senator Rivera Hosts Third Town Hall of the Month at Twin Parks Apartments

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) hosted his third town hall meeting of the month at Twin Parks Apartments on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. He was joined by staff from Assembly Member Stevenson’s office and Council Member Joel Rivera’s office as well as over 30 building residents and community members.

“I am excited to continue holding town hall meetings throughout the 33rd Senate District,” said Senator Rivera. “I want to make sure that if anyone has any concerns or problems they need addressed, that they know how to get in touch with me and my staff. That also means going out to where folks live to talk to them when they are free: after work and on the weekends.”

May 23, 2011
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DEP's Plan for Limited Jerome Park Reservoir Access is Unacceptable

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A group of concerned local residents, community leaders and elected officials gathered on a terrace overlooking the Jerome Park Reservoir today to demand better public access to the reservoir's perimeter.

Echoing community frustration with the city’s proposal to allow residents a mere three days of access to the Jerome Park Reservoir two years from now, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. publicly invited the city’s commissioners of Parks and Environmental Protection to a public hearing at Amalgamated Houses on June 2.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Rivera was the Keynote Speaker at SoBRO’s South Bronx Leadership Forum

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) was the keynote speaker at SoBRO’s South Bronx Leadership Forum on Thursday, where he addressed an audience of students, community leaders and business leaders. Senator Rivera spoke on the need for government to partner with business, educational institutions, grassroots organizations and community members in order to bring about responsible community and economic development.

For the full text of Senator Rivera’s speech please see below for the attachment: 

May 23, 2011
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