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Karen Washington

Karen Washington has been a passionate and dedicated advocate in her community for over 25 years. An active member in her Bronx community, Ms. Washington has made a second career out of serving as a leader and grassroots activist working to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and advocate, Ms. Washington has worked with  neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. She has stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation and the need for fresh vegetables. As a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, Ms. Washington launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors in the Bronx.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Rivera Welcomed Over 100 Community Members at 33rd Senate District Office Opening

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) was joined by more than 100 community members to celebrate the official opening of the 33rd Senate District Office on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The office is located at 2432 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY in Suite 506.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Rivera and Assemblywoman Meng Denounce Secure Communities, Applaud Actions of Illinois Governor

New York, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) issued the following statement in response to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's decision to keep Secure Communities out of Illinois and terminate the program in counties and cities that had already begun to participate in the program. Illinois is the first state to reject a presence of ICE after Secure Communities had already begun to operate within its borders.

May 6, 2011
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Senator Rivera Recognizes Autism Awareness Month, Announces Support for Autism Insurance Legislation

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) recognized Autism Awareness Month and announced his support for legislation that would provide screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, help to end discriminatory practices impacting New Yorkers. Since being elected, Senator Rivera has visited with organizations that provide critical services for children and families impacted by autism in the Bronx, including Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), the Bronx Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Council and Unique People Services.

April 28, 2011
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Senator Rivera Hosts the CUNY/SUNY Model State Senate during the Somos el Futuro Conference

Senator Rivera has been involved with the CUNY/SUNY Model State Senate program during the Somos el Futuro Conference as a faculty member and professor, but this year, Senator Rivera was a host.

April 15, 2011
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Senator Rivera Attends Planned Parenthood of the Bronx Open House

Senator Gustavo Rivera joined Planned Parenthood staff and President Joan Malin to celebrate the new renovations at their Bronx Health Center. Planned Parenthood has been serving women in the Bronx for over 65 years. Their Bronx facilities serve 10,000 Bronxites every year. Senator Rivera issued the following statement:

April 15, 2011
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Senator Rivera presents Celia Cruz Winning Choir with Senate Resolution Honoring their Hard Work and Excellence

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) presented the Celia Cruz High School Choir with a Senate Resolution honoring them for being named the Best Choir in New York City as part of the Sing! for Wildlife competition. This was the first Senate Resolution Senator Rivera introduced and passed through the State Senate.

Senator Rivera spoke to the students congratulated the students on being an example of the great accomplishments, both artistic and educational, that can come from a commitment to arts education.

April 7, 2011
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Senator Rivera Joined Public Advocate de Blasio for Craigslist Launch, New Plan To Target Bad Landlords

Public Advocate, Craigslist Launch New Plan To Target Bad Landlords

By Dean Meminger - NY1

The public advocate announced Monday an eight-point program to punish bad landlords and warn apartment hunters away from their buildings, and part of the initiative involves a partnership with Craiglist.com. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Broken door knobs, leaky ceilings and faulty light fixtures are just some of the problems residents face at 319 East 197th Street in Fordham, Bronx.

"The wires are alive, the water comes through there. I am scared because of a fire or something," said resident Rosanna Pena.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Rivera Visits Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On March 25th, Friday afternoon, Senator Rivera visited the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center's new 'Room to Grow' program. Over a hundred parents and toddlers came out to celebrate the opening. That same afternoon, the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center hosted a Safer Sex/AIDS Awareness fair Event, where Senator Rivera stopped in to greet parents and kids.

Thanks to Anne Rousselot for the pictures!

In the photo are: from left the staff members from KHCC are Giselle Melendez-Susca, Executive Director; Yenny Disla, Assistant Executive Director; and Lori Spector, Associate Executive Director.

 

 

March 31, 2011
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Senator Rivera Issues Statement Regarding the Senate's Passing of the 2011-2012 Budget

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the State Senate last night in voting on the 2011-2012 Budget. Senator Rivera issued the following statement regarding the budget:

March 31, 2011
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Senator Rivera's Remarks on Consolidation of Corrections and Parole Agencies

Last night, Tuesday, March 29th, the State Senate took up the first two budget bills, which dealt with economic development, transportation and the consolidation of State agencies, such as Corrections and Parole. As the ranking member of the Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections committee, Senator Rivera pledged to stay vigilant to ensure that these two agencies' stated objectives and functions remain separate and independent of each even after their merger.

March 30, 2011
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Statement from Senator Rivera Regarding the Death of Former New York Congresswoman and Vice Presidential Nominee, Geraldine Ferraro

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) issued the following statement today upon learning of the death of former New York Congresswoman and Vice-Presidential Nominee, Geraldine Ferraro:

March 26, 2011
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Senator Rivera Commemorates Anniversary of Bronx Happy Land Social Fire and Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

 

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) issued the following statement in commemoration of both the Bronx Happy Land Social fire and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that occurred on March 25, 1990 and March 25, 1911 respectively: 

March 25, 2011
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Senator Rivera and Make the Road New York Call for Restoration of Adult Education Funding, Extension of Personal Income Tax for Wealthiest New Yorkers

 

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Make the Road New York issued a joint statement today calling for the restoration of Adult education funding such as GED prep and English as a Second Language classes in the 2012 Executive Budget.

March 25, 2011
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Senator Rivera Speaks on Including Rent Regulations in Budget

Senator Rivera joined his Senate and Assembly Democratic colleagues in Albany at a press conference to discuss the importance of including rent regulation legislation in the budget.

Denouncing Majority Leader Skelos for delaying the extension and the strengthening of rent regulation, Senator Rivera said, "When we did that the last time, we got weaker laws."

March 24, 2011
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Senator Rivera Speaks About Sharing Sacrifice in Budget, Support for Extending Personal Income Tax for Wealthy New Yorkers

Senator Gustavo Rivera spoke on the floor of the New York State Senate on March 15, 2011 regarding his support for extending the personal income tax for the wealthiest New Yorkers in order to pass a budget that has at its heart the idea of shared sacrifice and shared responsibility.

March 18, 2011
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Senators Rivera and Klein Call to Add Funds for Foreclosure Prevention Services Program to the Budget

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) and Foreclosure Prevention Providers at the Bronx County Courthouse on Friday to call for the renewal of funds for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the 2010 Executive Budget.

“We know the foreclosure crisis isn't over because our neighbors, family and friends are feeling squeezed and struggle with issues of foreclosure every day in the Bronx, but if that weren’t enough, experts are telling us that we are only one third of the way through the foreclosure crisis,” said Senator Rivera.

March 18, 2011
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Senator Rivera Praises 32BJ and Bronx Realty Advisory Board for Reaching Agreement

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) praised 32BJ and Bronx Realty Advisory Board for coming to the table to reach a tentative four-year agreement that provides for annual raises and maintains healthcare and pension benefits for building workers. In response to the news of the agreement, Senator Rivera (D-Bronx) issued the following statement:

March 15, 2011
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