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Forum/Town Hall: National Food Day

State Senator Gustavo Rivera launches the Bronx CAN Family Health Challenge. Senator Rivera has been partnering with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.and other community partners as part of the Bronx CAN (Change Attitudes Now) Health Initiative. The Bronx CAN Family Health Challenge was designed by the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center and Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR-SEIU). The guidebooks will be distributed to schools throughout the district through Montefiore Medical Center's school-based health clinics and provided to any one wishing to join the challenge

October 24, 11:00 AM - 12:04 PM
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Launches Free Community Civics Classes

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) last Thursday launched a series of community civic classes he will be teaching at the Bronx Library Center.

Senator Rivera’s civics course will start on October 13th and will continue every Thursday until November 3rd with a graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of the course. The course will focus on learning about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the different levels of government, as well as how government and elections work. 

October 18, 2011
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Senator Rivera Toured Family Health Center Promoting “Bring Your Loved One To The Doctor” Day and Importance of Preventative Med

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) took a tour of The Family Health Center to promote “Bring Your Loved One to the Doctor Day” on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM. Senator Rivera has been partnering with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Community Health Network, Inc., Montefiore Medical Center, and other community partners as part of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. The month of September has been focused on highlighting the importance of preventative medicine and accessing healthcare regularly as part of maintaining one’s health. During the tour Senator Rivera weighed himself, took part in a cooking demonstration and also had his blood pressure taken.

October 5, 2011
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Senator Rivera visits High School of American Studies for a Discussion on Government and Civics

Senator Gustavo Rivera visited the High School of American Studies at Lehman College on Tuesday September 26th 2011. Senator Rivera was there to talk to High School Seniors in their U. S. Government and History classes about a variety of topics including the legislative process.

While visiting the High School of American Studies (HSAS), a public school that emphasizes the study of American history, Senator Rivera met with students to talk about the role of a State Senator and the different branches of government.

September 29, 2011
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Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-in and Health Fair

Join Senator Rivera at the next Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In on Sunday, September 25th at St. James Park (from 1:30-4PM). This event will be focused on preventative medicine and access to health care. We will have free health screenings, food demonstrations, zumba, gift bags and more!

September 25, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Lehman College Ground Breaking

Senator Gustavo Rivera attended the groundbreaking for the new Lehman College Child Care Center on Tuesday September 20th. The new child care center will double the capacity of the current child care center, which will serve 140 children for all day and after school programs. In attendance were Congressman Eliot Engel, Lehman College president Ricardo R. Fernandez, Jose Magdaleno Vice President for Student Affairs at Lehman College, Allan H. Dobrin Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer for CUNY, and Iris Weinshall Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, CUNY. 

September 23, 2011
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New initiative in the Bronx shows residents they CAN live healthy

By Adrian Cabreja - Bronx Free Press

“Do you know how many servings of vegetables one needs to consume every day?” asked Marta Garcia, of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, as she stood before an attentive crowd of Bronx residents of all ages on a recent Saturday afternoon.

The group, which had just moments before chattered loudly, grew quiet.

 “Two and a half cups of vegetables should be the daily intake,” said Garcia.

August 25, 2011
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Senator Rivera: In the District (Interactive Map)

Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) has become the first New York State legislator to launch and actively participate on FourSquare. In the spirit of government transparency and increased accountability, Senator Rivera has invited the residents of the 33rd Senate District to track his events online in order to better understand where and how their Senator is working to serve them. 

August 10, 2011
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Bronxites who can't afford to pay bail for petty crimes get help from state legislature

By Daniel Beekman - New York Daily News

Thousands of Bronxites do hard time at Rikers Island because they can't afford to post bail.

 But new legislation headed to Gov. Cuomo's desk could set them free. 

Passed unanimously in June by the Senate and Assembly, the bill would allow charitable organizations to post bail for poor defendants held on petty charges. 

It was sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and modeled on the Bronx Freedom Fund. 

Not only do thousands of Bronxites serve time because they can't afford bail; many innocent defendants plead guilty rather than wait behind bars for jury trials, said Rivera, who expects Cuomo to sign the bill this month. 

August 4, 2011
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Senator Rivera Launches Walk With Your Senator at St. James Park

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) launched Walk With Your Senator at St. James Park (2530 Jerome Ave.) as part of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. This weekly Walk With Your Senator will not only allow constituents another opportunity to discuss concerns in their community with their State Senator, but it will also encourage members of the community to come out an exercise. 

August 4, 2011
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Join Senator Rivera at GrowNYC Farmer's Market at the Botanical Gardens

Join your State Senator, Gustavo Rivera, at the Grow NYC New York Botanical Gardens Farmer's Market on Wednesday, July 27 from 10:30am-12:00pm and talk to him about issues impacting your community, concerns you have or ideas on how to make the Bronx and the 33rd Senate District a better place to live.

July 27, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Rivera Kicks Off Senator at Your Market Tour at Harvest Home Echo Park Farmer’s Market

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) is launching a Senator at Your Market Tour of all the farmers’ markets in and around the 33rd Senate District on Wednesday, July 20th at 12 noon. The Senator at Your Market Tour is part of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative, which Senator Rivera launched in conjunction with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Bronx community organizations in June.

 

WHO: State Senator Gustavo Rivera and constituents 

WHAT: Launch of Senator at Your Market Tour 

WHERE: Harvest Home Echo Park Farmer’s Market - Corner of Ryer Ave. and Burnside Ave. Bronx, NY 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 11:30am-1:00pm

 

July 20, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Rivera Hosted Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In Focused on Nutrition

 

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) today, Saturday, July 16th, 2011, hosted the first Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In focused on nutrition and healthy eating habits at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center. At the kick-off of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative in June, Senator Rivera committed to losing 20 pounds by October 24th, the last day of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. Today, he weighed in at 293 lbs. down six pounds from 299 lbs in June.  

July 18, 2011
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NYCHA Bronx North District Council of Presidents Meeting

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined the Bronx North District Council of Presidents as a guest speaker for the last meeting of the year before their summer break. NYCHA Department of Development staff was also on hand to speak to the Bronx North District Council of Presidents, led by  Herma Williams, Tenant’s Association President of Pelham Parkway. Senator Rivera spoke of the importance of eating healthy, highlighting the BronxCAN Health Initiative.

June 30, 2011
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Senator Rivera Speaks Out Against Potential Deportations of New York City Foreign National Teachers

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined Bronx foreign national teachers, the Department of Education and other community leaders on the steps of city hall on Wednesday, June 29th to reiterate his support for foreign national teachers facing deportation. In a press conference led by the Black Institute and Council Member Jumaane Williams, Senator Rivera and other community members focused on the importance of ensuring that each of these hard-working teachers and their families are able to stay in the United States and receive legal permanent residency.

June 30, 2011
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St. Barnabas Groundbreaking

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) proudly joined St. Barnabas staff and community leaders for the St. Barnabas Hospital garage groundbreaking ceremony. Senator Rivera joined St. Barnabas President Scott Cooper, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation Seth Pinsky, State Senator Jeff Klein and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to celebrate the beginning of this important construction project that has been made possible because of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

June 30, 2011
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Senator Rivera Votes To Extend Rent Regulation, Disappointed That Tenant Protections Not Stronger

Albany, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) voted to extend rent regulation as part of a larger omnibus bill, S.5856, which passed 57 to 5. Senator Rivera issued the following statement regarding his decision to vote in the affirmative on S. 5856:

June 27, 2011
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Senator Rivera Celebrates Passing of Marriage Equality

Albany, NY - On Friday, June 24, 2011, State Senator Gustavo Rivera joined 32 of his colleagues in the New York State Senate in voting for marriage equality. Senator Rivera issued the following statement in response to marriage equality passing 33 to 29:

June 27, 2011
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