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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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Senator Rivera Speaks on the Senate's Passing of the 2013-2014 Budget

Expresses disappointment regarding minimum wage, SUNY Downstate and OPWDD funding cut; celebrates transfer of Fulton Correctional Facility

April 1, 2013
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Senator Rivera Speaks on the Transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility in the Bronx

Bronx, NY –  State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) is pleased that the Public Protection and General Government budget bill, which was passed by the Senate Sunday afternoon, included the transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility and extended various criminal justice and public safety programs.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Rivera Issues Statement on the Passing of Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) released the following statement today in response to the passing of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch:

 "I am deeply saddened by the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch. Mayor Koch will be remembered as the quintessential New Yorker as well as for his sense of service to the city he loved. He had a passion that went beyond ensuring government worked efficiently for the people, but also a commitment to service that extended long after his term as Mayor. He was boisterous, outspoken and spirited. His legacy will remain in the hearts of New Yorkers for years to come, and he will be sorely missed."

 

February 1, 2013
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Senator Rivera Becomes Ranking Member of Senate Health Committee

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) was today named ranking member of the New York Senate's Health Committee.  As a member of the Senate Democratic Conference, Senator Rivera will be representing the interests of the conference on issues of health.

January 25, 2013
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Senator Rivera Announces Historic Passage of Common Sense Gun Laws

Bronx, NY- State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) today announced that the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly have passed comprehensive gun control legislation. This bill package was passed with unanimous support from the Senate Democratic Conference and included multiple pieces of legislation previously sponsored by Democratic Senators that had been blocked by the Republican Majority in the State Senate.

January 16, 2013
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Senator Rivera Joined Parents of Our Lady of Mercy Call on Archdiocese to Give Schools More Time Community Requests More Time Before Archdiocese Makes Final Decision on Fate of Schools Slated for Closure

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF - Bronx) joined dozens of parents and students of Our Lady of Mercy on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:00PM to call on the Archdiocese to give local Catholic schools slated for closure more time to come up with a plan to save the school.

December 21, 2012
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Free Flu Shots

New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assembly   Member Nelson Castro, and Councilmember  Fernando Cabrera along with Union Community  Health, Med Alliance, Montefiore Medical Center  and St. Barnabas Hospital are providing free flu  shots in order to help members of the community  keep healthy this winter.

December 19, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Coat and Toy Drive for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

I would like to invite you to participate in a Coat and Toy Drive that my office is sponsoring in an effort to provide coats and toys to families that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

How: Senator Gustavo Rivera district office will serve as a drop off location for sorting and organizing coats and toys. 

Where: Senator Rivera's District Office 

              2432 Grand Concourse, Suite 506

              Bronx, New York 10458

December 3, 12:00 PM - December 17, 6:00 PM
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Labor dispute at Sunny Day Car Wash in Bronx clouds the holiday season for picketing workers Local pols join protesting carwash heros to demand their jobs back

By Erica Pearson- New York Daily News 

Picketing workers who say they were wrongly fired and want to get back to work were joined by local politicians in confronting a Bronx car wash manager Monday.

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito walked with several of the fired washers to the cash register inside Sunny Day Car Wash on 135th St. near the Third Ave. Bridge, and asked to speak with owner Frank Roman.

November 30, 2012
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Senator Gustavo Rivera & Assembly Member Nelson Castro Hosted Job Fair

Bronx, NY- State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-WF), and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D, WF) hosted their  second annual job fair for Bronx residents on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 12 PM to 4 PM. Employers interviewed  job seekers for a number of employment opportunities, ranging from opportunities in the healthcare industry to customer service and retail opportunities.

"Assembly Member Castro and I meet local residents every day who are looking for employment opportunities," said Senator Rivera. "It is our responsibility as elected officials to connect our constituents with employment opportunities, many of which are right here in the Bronx like Fresh Direct and Montefiore Medical Center."

November 19, 2012
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A Statement on Veteran's Day

Dear Constituents,

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation designating November 11th as National Veteran’s Day. The country had come out of the Korean War and, as a country, we were looking for a way to honor those men who were coming home as well as those who had served in previous wars.

Our nation is, once again, welcoming soldiers home from war. The need to recognize and honor the men and women who have fought on behalf of our country is just as strong now as it was then. I want to take a moment today, on Veteran's day to honor all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces, defending our freedom and bringing justice abroad.

Sincerely,

November 11, 2012
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The Teen Health Center Partners with Bronx Connect to Bridge Communications Gap NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera Backs Generational Communications Gap Initiative in the Bronx

 

Bronx, NY -St. Barnabas Hospital CAPP (Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) project, in collaboration with Bronx Connect ATI (Alternative to Incarceration), and Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF) is pioneering an initiative to bridge the generational communications gap between teens and their parents in the New York City.  

October 31, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Bills to Protect New York’s Youth From Harmful Effects of Cigarettes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed two bills to protect New York's children and teenagers from the harmful effects of cigarettes.  The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools (A.10141-B / S.6854-B), as well as prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 (A.9044-B /S.2926-B). 

September 5, 2012
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Bail bond charity

By Kirsten Sanchez- Bronx Times

Everyone has a right to justice, not only those who are fortunate enough to be able to afford it.  Senator Gustavo Rivera is working to help those who can not help themselves. The Senator’s Charitable Bail Bonds Bill was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, July 17. The bill will allow charitable organizations to post bail for individuals who can not afford to do so themselves.

August 22, 2012
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Identity Theft Workshop

Senator Gustavo Rivera in partnership with New York State Department of State will present an identity theft workshop for Bronxites. Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation and this workshop will discuss identity theft schemes and how to avoid them.

Date: August 28, 2012

Time and Location:  1:30pm- 3:30pm, East Concourse Luncheon Club  236 E Tremont Ave Bronx NY 10457

August 17, 2012
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Riders, Elected Officials, Community Groups, and TWU Local 100 Announced “Bring Back Our Buses and Subways” Campaign

New York, NY—Riders, elected officials, community groups, and TWU Local 100 gathered for a press conference at 12noon on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, on the steps of City Hall. The coalition announced their formation of a new campaign—Bring Back Our Buses and Subways—to pressure the MTA to restore all transit services that were cut in 2010.

July 25, 2012
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City Works With Bronx Stores on Offering More Healthful Foods

By Michael M. Grynbaum- New York Times

Shoppers entering the C-Town grocery store on Crescent Avenue in the Bronx were greeted on Wednesday with heaping mounds of fresh avocados, mangoes and pineapples. Sodas and junk food, meanwhile, were nowhere in sight.

The lush, corn-syrup-free display was part of a new collaboration between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration and community grocers to encourage healthier eating choices in some of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods, where more than half of the population has been deemed overweight or obese.

July 23, 2012
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