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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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Senator Rivera Passes His First Bill as State Senator

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) passed legislation today in the New York State that will allow charitable organizations to post bail. This legislation he introduced was inspired by a pilot program that set out to find a solution for individuals who cannot afford to post bail and has proved successful in Bronx county. 

June 21, 2011
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Bronx Sen. Gustavo Rivera Says Dems Want Strengthened Rent Laws, Not Just Extension of Old Ones

http://www.bronxnewsnetwork.org/2011/06/bronx-sen-gustavo-rivera-says-dems-want.html 

Last night, Democrats voted not to extend rent regulations because they say the status quo isn't good enough. Today, Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera, whose 33rd District includes a wide swath of the northwest Bronx and 72,000 rent regulated apartments, said they are holding out for strengthened rent regulations. Click here to see video.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Rivera Congratulates Freddy Ferrer on Confirmation to Board of the MTA, Praises Governor Cuomo for Appointment

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the State Senate today to confirm Governor Cuomo's appointment of Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer to the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The State Senate voted unanimously in favor of the nomination.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Rivera and Borough President Diaz Launch Bronx CAN Health Initiative

On Saturday, June 11, Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. came together to announce the launch of the Bronx CAN (Change Attitudes Now) Health Initiative at the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center in the 33rd Senate District alongside community partners. You can learn more about this event and upcoming events between June 11, 2011 and October 24, 2011 on our website at www.bronxcan.com

June 13, 2011
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