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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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Senator Rivera Introduces Legislation Honoring Dr. Frances Fox Piven for her Life's Work and Academic Contributions

On March 9, 2011, Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a legislative resolution, numbered S.676, honoring the life’s work and academic contributions of Dr. Frances Fox Piven upon the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the publication of Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare. Senator Rivera was joined by Senators Liz Krueger and Bill Perkins in speaking on the floor of the Senate in support of this resolution.

Click here to view video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9fAbou1TpY.

Below is a copy of Senator Rivera’s floor statement in support of the Resolution Honoring Frances Fox Piven.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Rivera Introduces Resolution Congratulating Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Show Choir

On March 1, 2011, Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a legislative resolution numbered S. 675, congratulating the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Show Choir upon the occasion of being named the “Best Choir in New York City” at the Bronx Zoo’s inaugural SING! for Wildlife competition on December 30, 2010. Senator Rivera spoke in support of his resolution on the floor of the Senate.

Click here to view video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V9eDoLDwMc

 

Below is a copy of Senator Rivera’s floor statement in support of the Resolution Congratulating Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Show Choir:

March 14, 2011
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Senator Rivera Honors Campaign Pledge, Votes Against Delaying Independent Redistricting for 10 Years

Senator Gustavo Rivera, today, voted against S.3331, a Constitutional amendment that delays independent redistricting in the state of New York for another 10 years. Senator Rivera issued the following statement in response to the passing of this constitutional amendment, 32 to 30:

March 14, 2011
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International Women’s Day

http://www.bronx.com/news/world/1357.html

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) today, honored the women of New York whose historic leadership and fight for equal rights and rights of women workers we commemorate each year on International Day of the Women, March 8, and Women’s History Month.

The International Day of the Woman and Women’s History Month serve as an opportunity to remember the struggle of New York City women garment workers in the early 1900s and their fight for basic rights such as the right to vote and the right to workplace safety standards as well as a living wage and shorter work days.

March 8, 2011
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Senator Rivera Honors International Day of the Woman and Women’s History Month

New York, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) today, honored the women of New York whose historic leadership and fight for equal rights and rights of women workers we commemorate each year on International Day of the Women and Women’s History Month. The International Day of the Woman and Women’s History Month serve as an opportunity to remember the struggle of New York City women garment workers in the early 1900s and their fight for basic rights such as the right to vote and the right to workplace safety standards as well as a living wage and shorter work days.

March 8, 2011
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20 Senators Join Senator Rivera in a Letter Urging Governor Cuomo to Extend Personal Income Tax for Wealthiest New Yorkers

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera was joined by 20 Senators yesterday afternoon in co-signing a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging him to maintain the personal income tax level for the wealthiest New Yorkers to ensure Middle Class and low-income New Yorkers do not bear the sole burden of the shared sacrifice necessary to get us through these difficult times.

In the letter, Senators voice their concern over cuts to education, Medicaid and public safety that would disproportionately impact our most vulnerable citizens in low and middle-income communities and communities of color.

March 3, 2011
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'Don't Shoot New York' Rally in Times Square Targets Gun Violence

By Catherine Yang - Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/dont-shoot-new-york-rally-in-times-square-targets-gun-violence-52073.html

NEW YORK—Local politicians and anti-violence advocates marched from the United Nations to Times Square on Sunday to participate in the “Don't Shoot New York” march and rally, presented by Operation SNUG. State senators Malcolm Smith and Gustavo Rivera, and Assembly members Grace Meng, Brian Kavanagh, and David Weprin joined the event. 

March 2, 2011
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Responds to Borough President's "State of the Borough" Address

Senator Gustavo Rivera released the following statement in reaction to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s State of the Borough Address:

“Bronx Borough President Diaz focused on some of the key issues impacting Bronxites: income disparity, education, health and economic development, including the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. I was heartened to hear the Bronx Borough President talk about an unsettling and difficult reality regarding income disparity in New York City. New York City has the highest income disparity in its modern history and the state of New York has the highest income disparity of any other state. Bronxites are feeling squeezed by 13% unemployment in the Borough and record-high income disparity.

February 25, 2011
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