You should know that on Sunday September 28, Mr. Rex Smith, Editor of The Times Union, wrote an article in response to one of my columns in which I declare myself one of the most effective Democratic Senators in the State.
You should know that it is an honor for me to know that Mr. Rex Smith reads and pays attention to my columns, even though he intends to put me down. Nonetheless, I thank him for paying attention to me. Enclosed, please read his entire column. This is Senator Ruben Diaz, and this what you should know.
EXCLUSIVE: Pols pushing for changes to city and state laws after Daily News expose that crimes on Rikers inflate insurance costs
Following an expose last week by the News, state Sen. Ruben Diaz introduced a bill Wednesday that would force insurers to exclude statistics from corrections facilities when basing premiums on an area’s overall crime rate.
By Denis Slattery / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, January 24, 2014, 2:30 AM
State Sen. Ruben Diaz introduced a bill that would force insurers to exclude statistics from corrections facilities when basing premiums on an area’s overall crime rate.
Para su informacion, comparto este articulo publicado hoy en la seccion editorial del periodico "El Diario La Prensa.
Ojo con los nuevos Cuatro Amigos
12:01 am | 12/11/2012 | El Diario
La "coalición" de demócratas independientes y republicanos que tomo el control del Senado Estatal la semana pasada -- dominada por legisladores blancos-- amenaza con suprimir la voz y participación de los legisladores latinos, afroamericanos y asiáticos. El Gobernador Andrew Cuomo y grupos de defensa deben exigir la diversidad de la Cámara Alta, cuya función es gobernar para un estado donde casi 50% de la población proviene de grupos minoritarios.
For your information, I share this article published in today's editorial section of "El Diario La Prensa"
Watch out for Albany's new Four Amigos
12:01 am | 12/11/2012 | El Diario
The "coalition" of Independent Democrats and Republicans that took control of the New York State Senate last week threatens to suppress the voices and participation of Latino, African-American and Asian lawmakers. This so-called coalition is dominated by white lawmakers. Since communities of color account for 50% of the state's population, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and advocacy groups must push for diversity in the Senate.
This week we learned that the Independent Democratic Conference, who broke away from the rest of the Democrats after the 2010 elections, will form a coalition government with the GOP. Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein, the head of the IDC, will share the title of president with current Majority Leader Dean Skelos when the legislative session begins in 2013.
Even a powerful state senator is no match for the Department of Motor Vehicles.
State Sen. Ruben Diaz has gone through 17 months of DMV hell trying to get the title on a 20-seat passenger bus for the disabled that he wants to donate to a nonprofit in the Dominican Republic.
The hair-pulling drama began in October 2010, when the bus was given to the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which Diaz (D-Bronx) heads. But the senator was unable to get the title because a defunct business in Missouri had a lien on the bus.
January 3, 2011Dr. Merryl H. TischChancellorNew York State Board of Regents9 East 79th StreetNew York, New York 10075 Dear Chancellor Tisch:This letter is to express my strong opposition to budget cutting measures that are being proposed by the Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education Committee to eliminate all Language Regents Exams with the exception of Spanish and French.I am against the elimination of these exams, and support their immediate reinstatement. It is my fervent belief that the New York State Board of Regents should be setting a standard of excellence in education by continuing to support the study of many languages, including Italian, Latin, Hebrew and German.
Thank you for your editorial in which you support my legislation (S.3149-Diaz/A.4704-Ball) to ban legislators’ outside income (Our View: Outlawing state legislators outside income a good idea). In response to your statement that “we haven’t found much for which to praise state Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.,” I would like to offer the following comments.
If your only concerns are gay marriage and abortion, then your statement bears some merit. I oppose gay marriage and I oppose abortion, and I always will.
Pastor Terry Jones Dove World Outreach Center 5805 Northwest 37th Street Gainesville, Florida 32653
Dear Pastor Jones:
This letter is to express my support for your statement today that your church will “not today, not ever” burn a Koran.
Holy Books and places of worship deserve to be respected. The Holy Books of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths – The Holy Bible, The Torah and The Koran – offer sacred teachings to people of faith throughout the world.
September 8, 2010Pastor Terry JonesDove World Outreach Center5805 Northwest 37th StreetGainesville, Florida 32653Dear Pastor Jones:As a New York State Senator, the President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, and the pastor of a Pentecostal Church I am writing this letter to you to express how offended I am about your vow to set fire to the Koran on September 11th. I am glad that the National Association of Evangelicals also condemns your plans. Please do not do it!