Reverend Rubén Díaz was elected to the New York State Senate in November, 2002 to serve the 32nd Senate District in the South Bronx. The communities in his district include Castle Hill, Longwood, Melrose, Morrisania, Parkchester, West Farms and Concourse Village. Senator Díaz is the Ranking Member on the Senate Standing Committee on Aging. In this role, he will continue to champion legislation to improve the lives of New York’s senior citizens.
As State Senator, Reverend Díaz will continue to work hard to improve economic opportunities, housing, health care, and education for the people of The Bronx.
Reverend Díaz was decisively elected to the New York City Council in 2001, representing the 18th District in The Bronx, including the communities of Bronx River, Castle Hill, Clason Point, Crotona Park, Harding Park, Parkchester, Soundview, and parts of Crotona Park East, Ferry Point, Hunts Point, West Farms, West Tremont, and Zerega. During his swearing-in ceremony, Reverend Díaz conducted the first Pentecostal religious service ever held inside City Hall. The sermon was delivered by Bishop Ephrain Navas González, Superintendent of the Northeastern District of the Church of God.
Rubén Díaz was born on April 22, 1943 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and attended the Miguel Such Vocational School in Río Piedras. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces and proudly served in the Army until he completed his tour of duty with an Honorable Discharge in 1963.
Senator Rubén Díaz has made New York City his home since 1965. He attended Herbert H. Lehman College, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in 1976, and became the Pastor of the Church of God located on Seward Avenue in The Bronx. He attended the Damascus Bible Institute, graduating with a Theological Degree and, in 1978, became an ordained Minister of the Church of God, headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee.
In 1977, Reverend Díaz decided to pursue his interest in working for the betterment of his community by helping the less fortunate. As a result, in 1977, in the basement of the Church of God on Seward Avenue, Reverend Díaz founded, and was until 2002 the Executive Director of the Christian Community Benevolent Association, Inc. That organization is a not-for-profit CBO geared toward helping the elderly and the needy. Senator Díaz also founded, and is the Pastor of, the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, located at 1347 Longfellow Avenue, Bronx, NY.
Reverend Díaz continues to serve as President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which is comprised of 150 Pentecostal Ministers from the tri-state area. They have faithfully met each Thursday for more than 20 years to discuss ways they can assist people in their communities. Their concerns include matters of immigration, care for senior citizens, education and social justice.
In 1993, Reverend Díaz was appointed to serve on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. In that capacity, he served the people of the City of New York for three years, investigating allegations of police brutality and misconduct.
Reverend Díaz received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities in 1997, bestowed upon him for his tireless humanitarian work by the National Evangelical University of the Dominican Republic (Universidad Nacional Evangélica de la República Dominicana).
Senator Díaz has received numerous awards from community organizations including the 1st Lifetime Achievement Award by Affinity Health Plan. He serves as an Advisory Board member of Democrats for Life.
Senator Rubén Díaz is the proud father of three children: Damaris Díaz Kiely, who is a Sergeant in the New York Police Department; Samuel Díaz, who works for the New York City Housing Authority; and Rubén Díaz, Jr., who is currently the President of the Borough of the Bronx. Senator Díaz is also the proud grandfather of six grandchildren. He is happily married to Leslie Ivette Díaz.
Standing Committee Assignments 2013: Aging (Ranking Member) Banks, Finance, Housing, Construction and Community Development, Investigations and Government Operations, Transportation
VOTE IN 2012 GENERAL ELECTION
Ruben Diaz, Dem. 70,788, Rep. 1,565, Con. 597
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