“ABRAZO DOMINICANO IN NEW YORK” TO HONOR THE BRONX DOMINICAN DAY PARADE AND ITS HONOREES
Senator Rubén Díaz announces a pre-parade banquet in honor of the Bronx Dominican Day Parade and its honorees. The annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014 on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The Grand Marshall will be the Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President.
New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Introduces Anti-Chokehold Legislation
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is introducing a Senate Bill to make the use of chokehold illegal in New York State. This bill "establishes the crime of strangulation in the first degree, disregard of banned employment procedures."
Senator Rev. Diaz stated: "Every time I see the video of Eric Garner, or think about Anthony Baez, it breaks my heart. As a State Senator and as a Minister I am obligated to do whatever I can to prevent another person from being a victim of chokehold. I pray that this amendment to the New York State Penal Law will in fact, protect people from this vicious crime."
You should know that there are many times in politics when we are faced with especially delicate and sophisticated issues. There are times when our decisions may not hold up to everyone’s satisfaction.
You should know that when a person is elected to serve and represent the needs of others, the duties of that elected person often include appointing people to serve alongside them. In political reality, there are certain qualities of potential appointees, aside from professional qualifications, that we must consider: race, creed, color, and sex – to name a few.
You should know that on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Staten Island resident and father of six, Eric Garner died as a victim of choke hold by New York City Police officers. Eric Garner was unarmed, except for the loose cigarettes he was accused of selling.
You should already know that on December 22, 1989, Bronx resident Anthony Baez was killed when New York City Police officers used a chokehold on him. Anthony Baez was also unarmed, except for the football he was tossing with his brothers.
Senators Rubén Díaz and Jeff Klein, together with Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, will be presenting Certificates of Merit to the more than 75 adult graduates of the Shany Maintenance School during their graduation ceremony. The ceremony will take place tonight, Friday July 18, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Renaissance Adult Center located at 787 East 156th Street, Bronx, NY 10459.
For more information, please contact Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz at (718) 991-3161.
You should know that on June 10, 2014, a California judge ruled that teacher tenure laws in California are unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in that lawsuit argued that the rights of students who attend poor and minority schools are violated because their schools are disproportionately staffed by ineffective and bad teachers, and those bad teachers are protected by tenure.
Kathy Hochul Comes to the Bronx and it is a Deep, Dark Secret
You should know that earlier this week, Kathy Hochul, who was chosen by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as his candidate for Lieutenant Governor, responded to a request by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. to come to the Bronx to meet with Hispanic elected officials. The urgency that was conveyed to me and to New York's Hispanic elected officials by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. convinced me that this meeting was not to be missed.
You should know that last year, 38,833 unaccompanied minors were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol. This year, as many as 74,000 unaccompanied children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are expected to be caught at the United States border. Whoever is organizing this movement of undocumented migrant children is very effective.
You should know that since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton eliminated the Stop and Frisk policy, the number of shootings and loss of life by innocent bystanders has increased to the point that if this does not stop soon, New York City might become the next O.K. Corral.
You should know that the O.K. Corral involved the shooting between the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan – and the Clanton brothers – in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. It is still regarded as the biggest gunfight in the American Old West.
Once Again, Money for Education is Taken by the Bureaucracy
You should know that an article written by Aaron Short titled "DOE’s race to ‘divert’ fed $$ from students" appeared on page 2 of the July 5, 2014 edition of the New York Post. The article reported: "Less than a quarter of the $107 million that the school system received in federal Race to The Top funds last year was sent directly to school principals."
This letter is to inquire why the Board of Regents limited students, in the thematic essay, to not use Brown vs. Board of Education, as they could use other important Supreme Court decisions, during the June 2014 United States History and Government Regents.
United States History and Government / Content-Specific Rubric
You should know that in November, 2012, Gabriela Rosa became the first Dominican-born woman in the history of the New York State Assembly. She represented Upper Manhattan. For all of the time that I have known Gabriela, I have seen her functioning in a most professional manner. To me, she has been one of the more serious elected officials I have met - even to the point that I was looking forward to her becoming the standard bearer of New York State's Dominican community.
Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Monday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal Court
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 9AM at the Bronx Hall of Justice located at 265 East 161st Street in the Bronx, where criminal defendant Nanic Aidasani will appear in Court. Criminal charges of second-degree rape have been brought against Mr. Aidasani, a licensed practicing nurse who worked at the Manhattanville Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center in Riverdale. The victim is an elderly woman who suffers from dementia.
You should know that until today, I have been unaware of anyone else in the entire world – except for me – who has held an Abrazo-titled event. “Abrazo” is the Spanish word for “hug” or “embrace.” Although I never trademarked the term “Abrazo Boricua in New York,” it is my creation. So, you might imagine my surprise to see a flier announcing that the Hispanic Federation is going to host an “Abrazo Hispano” event right here in New York City on July 1st. As soon as I saw this, I thought to myself: what a bunch of copycats!
You should know that a lot has happened since the morning of Thursday, June 19, 2014, when I sent out a press release titled: "Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, NY Hispanic Clergy Organization, and Members of the Community Are Disgusted by Recent Firings at El Diario la Prensa." For example, on Thursday afternoon, I was happy to see that the NY Guild at El Diaro posted the following tweet:
Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Responds to Grieving Parents Plea for 3PM Press Conference
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is responding to a plea by the parents of the two young teens who drowned in the Bronx River last week to join them at a press conference to be held at the site of the drowning in Starlight Park on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM, the same time that the fatal accident occurred. The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization's Rev. Joel Bauza will also be joining the parents.
Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, NY Hispanic Clergy Organization, and Members of the Community Are Disgusted by Recent Firings at El Diario la Prensa
In response to the recent firing of twenty journalists at El Diario la Prensa, New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) will be meeting with his fellow clergy members from the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to discuss a possible June 26th demonstration in front of the executive offices of ImpreMedia, El Diario la Prensa's parent company.
Senator Rubén Díaz has released the following statement:
You should know that during these last days of the New York State 2014 Senate Session, some very interesting things are happening.
By this time of the year, when the session is about to end, it is traditional to see all the deal makers and shakers going from one place to another trying to get their projects and pieces of legislation passed before everyone goes back home for the rest of the year.