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Forum/Town Hall: State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger to Host Roundtable on the Impact of SNAP Cuts

(New York, NY) – On Tuesday, November 19th, State Senator Gustavo Rivera and State Senator Liz Krueger will host a Roundtable with NYS Senators from the Democratic Conference and advocates to examine the impact of federal cuts to the SNAP program on New York State residents and business owners.

November 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: CIVIC CLASSES 101 - En Español!

Become more informed about your rights, how the government works and how elected oficials and government agencies can work for you!

***Please note these classes will be taught in Spanish***

Classes:

November 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: CIVIC CLASSES 101 - En Español!

Become more informed about your rights, how the government works and how elected oficials and government agencies can work for you!

***Please note these classes will be taught in Spanish***

Classes:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

10:00 am -11:30 am

The U.S. Constitution

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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'Bronx Freedom Fund' pays bail so poor misdemeanor defendants can avoid jail time

Bronx residents who can’t make their bail now have a financial backer who can help them avoid jail time.

The Bronx Freedom Fund has already helped five cash-strapped defendants charged with misdemeanor crimes avoid pretrial detention since it launched last week.

Clients, many of whom have no prior arrests and face minor drug charges, are recommended to the fund through the Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit organization.

“It gives people the ability to post bail and to defend themselves better,” said state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Tremont), who sponsored a bill that legalized the group’s work last year.”

The program — the first to be licensed in the state — aims to help indigent defendants charged with non-violent misdemeanors with bails set at $2,000 or less.

November 8, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Higher Education Open House

State Senator Gustavo Rivera invites high school students to attend a Higher Education Open House at Bronx Community College from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

During the Open House, students will have the opportunity to speak with financial aid experts, higher education professionals and faculty from a variety of academic departments at BCC to help inform them about the admission process and expose them to different program options that are available to them.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To RSVP for the Higher Education Open House, please email senatorcollegetour@gmail.com or call (718) 933-2034

November 7, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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October 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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October 7, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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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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Don Thomas

Don Thomas was born in Richmond, Virginia, but has called the Bronx home for the last four decades. In 1949, Mr. Thomas joined the Army and Aircraft Artillery branch of the military to help his mother raise his five brothers and sisters. During the three years that he served, Mr. Thomas engaged in a number of military confl icts, including the Korean War.

May 20, 2013
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Dr. Saadia Josefina Fersobe

Saadia Josefina Fersobe, a native of the Dominican Republic, is not only known for her love of helping others, but also for her impressive academic achievements. Obtaining her medical degree at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dr. Fersobe pursued post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, was awarded a master’s degree in Nutrition and Nourishment and has served as an endocrinologist intern at Ambiguous Genitalia Clinic, Dr. Robert Read Cabral Hospital. In addition, she served as Prevention of Deficit of Iodine Disorder Coordinator at the Ministry of Public Health.

May 13, 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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