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January 15, 2015

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


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.


December 2, 2014


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 (, 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

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

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

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

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

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

State Senator Gustavo Rivera Introduces Resolution Designating June as Immigrant Heritage Month in New York State

Albany, NY - Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) introduced a resolution designating the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month in New York State. The resolution seeks to highlight, recognize and celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made to our State.

June 10, 2014

Statement form State Senator Gustavo Rivera on the Passage of the Compassionate Care Act in the Senate Health Committee:

"Today, New York State took a big step toward providing thousands of New Yorkers suffering from serious and debilitating conditions access to medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms. As Ranking Member of the Senate Health Committee, I proudly voted for the Compassionate Care Act, and I congratulate Senator Diane Savino and my other colleagues who voted to approve the bill. Now it goes to Senate Finance. While its future is uncertain, I know we did the right thing today - and I will work as hard as I can to ensure that the Compassionate Care Act passes the Senate before the end of this session.

May 20, 2014

Senior Health Fair! Senator Rivera and Assemblymember Pichardo celebrate Older Americans Month 2014 - Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow

WHEN: Friday, May 16th 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Monroe College, King Hall

2501 Jerome Avenue

Bronx, NY 10468

RSVP: To confirm your attendance or for more information, please call Senator Rivera’s office at (718) 933-2034.

May 16, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Member Victor M. Pichardo Host A Job Fair

WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Police Athletic League (PAL)

2255 Webster Avenue

Bronx, NY 10457

WHAT: Join us for an opportunity to meet with employers that are ready to hire! Don't forget to bring plenty of resumes and dress in business attire.

May 8, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: State Senator Gustavo Rivera Launches Legal Clinics & Workshops During the Month of May

State Senator Gustavo Rivera is launching a series of legal clinics/workshops in the 33rd Senate District. They will be held at least once a month in different locations across the district and will provide individuals witht opportunity to receive free legal advice.


Know Your Rights: Tenants Workshop

WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Robert Fulton Terrace Community Room

530 East 169th Street

Bronx NY 10456

Presented by: Sina Choi, Esq. and Vinita Kamath, Esq.

RSVP REQUIRED: Please send your name, address and telephone number For more information, please call Latoya Matthew at Senator Rivera’s office at (718) 933- 2034.


Rent Overcharge Complaint Clinic

WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE: 35 Marcy Place

Bronx, NY 10452

Hosted by: New Settlement Apartments (CASA)

RSVP REQUIRED: Please send your name, address and telephone number For more information, please call Latoya Matthew at Senator Rivera’s office at (718) 933- 2034.


Know Your Rights: Twin Parks Community Tenants' Workshop

WHEN: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE: Garden Area at 2311 Southern Blvd. (Garden Area)

Bronx, NY 10460

Presented by: Michael Leonard, Esq. of POTS

RSVP REQUIRED: Please send your name, address and telephone number For more information, please call Latoya Matthew at Senator Rivera’s office at (718) 933- 2034.

May 8, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Earth Day 2014 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 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

April 17, 2014

Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Health Commissioner Shah

“As New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Shah has done extraordinary work to advance the overall health of the people of our state. His leadership has been essential in expanding and improving the quality and access to health care for New Yorkers. His departure will truly be a loss for our state.  I wish him all the best as he pursues new endeavors and look forward to working with Dr. Zucker moving forward.”  

April 11, 2014

State Senator Gustavo Rivera Speaks on the Senate's Passing of the 2014 - 2015 Budget

Commends funding for a number of important Health and Educational policies and programs; Expresses Disappointment Regarding Campaign Finance Reform and New Requirement for Bronx Hospital Projects

April 1, 2014

Statement From State Senator Gustavo Rivera On The Senate Vote On The New York State DREAM Act

"Today's failed attempt to pass the DREAM Act once again demonstrates how the Independent Democratic Conference is not able to deliver bi-partisan support for progressive legislation. Ultimately, this is a Republican-led coalition and not a bi-partisan one. It is truly disappointing that we continue to deny thousands of young New Yorkers the resources necessary for a quality education and a brighter future."

March 17, 2014

Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on the Senate Budget Resolution

“The Senate’s budget resolution once again demonstrates the Majority’s inability to appropriately address those issues most important to New Yorkers, including the DREAM Act and public financing. 

March 14, 2014

Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Governor Cuomo's Proposal to Fund College Degree Programs for Prisoners

"In my time as an elected official, I have strongly advocated that our state's incarcerated population - as part of their rehabilitation -  has the resources and tools necessary to successfully re-enter into society," said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. "Investing in education, particularly for those New Yorkers in the penal system, lays the groundwork for a better future, increased work opportunities, lowers recidivism and will not only decrease crime in our communities, but will cost the taxpayers less money.

February 18, 2014