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Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Assembly Member Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) introduced legislation in the State Senate and Assembly respectively that would establish a pilot program for the placement of incarcerated parents close to home and their children. Currently, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision does not take into account whether an incarcerated individual is a parent and where their children are located when determining where that individual should be housed. Transportation plays a major role in whether parents and children see each other on a regular basis.


April 11, 2012

Senator Rivera Votes No, Speaks to Missed Opportunities In the Budget

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) voted today on 7 of 11 budget bills, voting NO on S. 6254D (Capital Funds), S.6250D (State Operations) and S.6256D (Health and Mental Hygiene). Prior to today, the State Senate had voted on 4 of the 11 budget bills, all of which Senator Rivera supported on the floor of the Senate.

March 30, 2012

Senator Rivera and Democratic Senate Colleagues Urge Senator Maziarz to Drop Dangerous New York Stand Your Ground Legislation

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined twenty-three of his Democratic colleagues in sending State Senator George Maziarz a letter regarding S.281, a New York Stand Your Ground bill.  The Stand Your Ground legislation in Florida has most recently been used in Florida as a rationale for why there has been a lack of action taken in apprehending and prosecuting the man who killed Trayvon Martin.


March 28, 2012

Senator Rivera Says Republican District Lines Disenfranchise Minority Communities, Violate Voting Rights Act

Albany, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) spoke on the floor of the New York State Senate, declaring the Republican redistricting proposal that was debated and passed last night to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act because it disenfranchises minority communities in the State of New York. After speaking on the floor of the Senate, Senator Rivera issued the following statement and examples of how the Republican redistricting proposal disenfranchises minority voters throughout the state.


March 16, 2012
March 14, 2012

Senator Rivera Speaks Out on Post Office Closures, Launches Community Survey of Post Office Usage

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) has spoken out about potential post office closures in the 33rd Senate District and has launched a community survey for residents of the Northwest Bronx, asking members of the community to answer questions about their post office usage. The post offices being considered for closure by the U.S.Post Office are the Botanical Gardens Post Office at 2963 Webster Avenue and Van Cott Post Office at 3102 Decatur Avenue. 
"With two post offices being targeted in the same community, I am concerned that if these post offices do close, it will be a burden for the disabled and elderly," said Senator Rivera.

March 12, 2012

Senator Rivera Honors the Late Tony DiGiovanna, Community Affairs Officer from the 48th Precinct

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) today introduced and passed Resolution J3305, honoring Officer Anthony "Tony" DiGiovanna, a Community Affairs police officer from the 48th Precinct in the Bronx who recently and suddenly passed away. Officer DiGiovanna's family was present in Albany today when the resolution passed, including his wife, Joanna, and his daughters: Jessica, Melissa, Rebecca and Sabrina. 

March 1, 2012

Senator Rivera Hosted Black History Month Celebration, Honored Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson

Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF – Bronx) hosted a Black History Month celebration in conjunction with St. Joseph Church on Saturday, February 25, 2012.  Working together with community partners such as St. Joseph Catholic Church and the South Bronx Job Corps Culinary Program, Senator Rivera hosted a celebration that included the honoring of State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, words from a guest speaker, comedian Baratunde Thurston, author of How to be Black, and performances by Nene Ali (spoken word), Aquila Knight, who sang the Black National Anthem and Warriors for Christ Praise & Worship Dance Ministry from Creston Avenue Baptist Church in the 33rd Senate District.


February 29, 2012

Senator Rivera Congratulates Borough President on Third State of the Borough Address

Bronx, NY  - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) attended Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s third State of the Borough this morning and issued the following statement in response to the address:

 “I congratulate Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on the successes of the past year for the Bronx and the many new and exciting opportunities that he outlined for our borough during today’s address. Borough President Diaz mentioned the WIN of having Fresh Direct move to the Bronx, both in terms of the jobs it will create and bring to the Bronx, but also in terms of the long-term impact their presence and partnership will have on addressing issues of access to healthy food and produce in the Bronx.

February 24, 2012

Senator Rivera, Assembly Member Gibson and Council Member Rivera Held Community Meet and Greet

Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) hosted a community meet and greet on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00AM, with Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx) and Council Member Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) at St. Simon Stock Church. Almost 100 community members bared the snow to take this opportunity to speak to their elected officials who represent the East Tremont, Mount Hope, Fordham Heights and Bathgate areas of the Bronx. 

February 16, 2012

Senator Rivera Begins Neighborhood Crime Walks - Visiting High Crime Areas of the Northwest Bronx

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) visited high crime areas in the Northwest Bronx on, Friday, February 3rd, 2012 accompanied by Muslim leaders of the Masjid Adam Mosque located on Crotona Avenue and 183rd as well as youth leaders from the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center. 

Senator Gustavo was able to view areas in the community known for gun violence, robberies, and many other crimes. The Senator also had the opportunity to speak with residents of the area who have witnessed violence and poor housing conditions in their communities. The Senator described the walk as "necessary in order to be an advocate against violence in the community."

February 7, 2012

Senator Rivera Testifies at Albany Redistricting Hearing, Continues to Push for an Independent Redistricting Process

Albany, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) testified today, Monday, January 30, 2012 in front of the Legislative Reapportionment Taskforce (LATFOR) in a redistricting hearing in Albany. Senator Rivera is unable to attend the Bronx Redistricting hearing, which is occurring Tuesday at 3:00pm at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse) and is open for members of the community to express their opinion. Below is Senator Rivera’s testimony:

February 2, 2012

2011 Year in Review: Top Health Stories of the Year Through Walks and Weigh-ins, Senator Promotes Healthy Living

by Jeanmarie Evelly - Norwood News

Through Walks and Weigh-ins, Senator Promotes Healthy Living 

Bronx State Sen. Gustavo Rivera spent much of this year — his first in office — looking for ways to make the Bronx healthier. Citing a slew of statistics that rank the borough last in terms of health indicators, Rivera launched the Bronx CAN (Changing Attitudes Now) Health Initiative this June. 

January 9, 2012

Bronx CAN Health Initiative Healthy Holiday Party & Toy Giveaway

Join Senator Gustavo Rivera and our Bronx CAN Health Initiative partners to celebrate the holidays with a healthy holiday party & toy giveaway on December 18 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the Mary Mitchell family and youth center (2007 Mapes Avenue).

Please bring your kids!



December 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Senator Rivera Issues Statement Following Governor Cuomo's Announcement to Reform New York's Tax System

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s announcement that an agreement has been reached that will create jobs and reform New York’s tax system:

December 7, 2011

Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) will join Community Board 8 Ethics Committee Chair Irving Ladimer for the second in a series of community civics classes at the Kingsbridge Library Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00PM. This class will focus on the Rights and Rewards of Citizenship. This course is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and we encourage Bronxites of all ages to attend.

WHAT: FREE Civics classes taught by Senator Rivera and Irving Ladimer

WHO: Senator Gustavo Rivera and Irving Ladimer

WHERE: Kingsbridge Library - 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7th - 6:00PM-7:00PM 

December 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Senator Rivera Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Week With Healthy Foods

Senator Rivera Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Week

Hosts Class Called: Can I be Puerto Rican and Still Eat Healthy?

Bronx, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) celebrated Puerto Rican Heritage Week on Thursday, November 17 at MARC Academy with parents in the Northwest Bronx, by participating in a food demonstration and class on how to make healthier versions of Puerto Rican dishes. MARC Academy & Family Center Inc., South Bronx Job Corps Culinary Program and Senator Rivera spoke about the importance of making healthier choices, without losing the flavors of Puerto Rican and Latino food.

November 18, 2011

Statement from Senator Gustavo Rivera on Veterans Day

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) issued the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day:


“Veterans Day is a reminder of how important it is that each and every American take the time to thank the men and women who have served in uniform that live in our communities and in our neighborhoods. I would like to thank those Bronxites who have risked their lives to defend our country and their families who have sacrificed so much in the process.

Unfortunately, too many veterans are now returning from service and finding it difficult to find work and difficult to get by during tough economic times. Many veterans here in the Bronx and throughout the state are unaware of programs and benefits that are owed to them for their service.

November 11, 2011