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Daily News Supports Senator Diaz Bill S7346

Daily News Editorial

April 14, 2010

Two city legislators have emerged as profiles in courage in Albany. Manhattan Assemblyman Jonathan Bing and Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz have introduced revolutionary bills that would elevate the interests of New York school children over the hidebound, destructive contract rights of teachers.

The state's historic budget crisis is driving the Department of Education toward laying off more than 5,000 teachers. If that were to happen under the current rules, disaster would follow.

April 14, 2010
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Restore discretionary funding for Title XX

March 12, 2010

Honorable John L. SampsonDemocratic Conference Leader409 LOBAlbany, New York 12247

Dear Conference Leader Sampson:     Re: Title XX

March 15, 2010
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Senator Díaz letter to Governor Paterson Regarding EPIC Funding Reduction

January 27, 2010

Honorable David A. PatersonGovernor of the State of New YorkState Capitol Albany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

January 27, 2010
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Sen. Diaz funds Mott Hall V SMART boards / Photo by Victor Chu

by DANIEL BEEKMAN/ Bronx Times Months ago, Senator Ruben Diaz had no idea what a SMART Board was. Today, Diaz is determined to put SMART Boards in classrooms throughout the 32nd Senate District: Soundview, Castle Hill, Hunts Point, Longwood, Parkchester and west Pelham Parkway.

Diaz visited the Mott Hall V middle school on Tuesday, September 22 to bless seven new SMART Boards, some of the first granted to School District 12. Diaz funded the SMART Boards as a member item via the Hispanic Federation.

“I plan to do this at every school in my district,” Diaz said.

October 5, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's letter to Attorney General Cuomo re: Village of Patchogue

September 9, 2009Andrew CuomoOffice of the Attorney GeneralThe CapitolAlbany, NY 12224-0341Dear Mr. Cuomo:  I am referring a matter to your attention for possible review and investigation. On Saturday, September 5, 2009, I participated in a demonstration in Patchogue, New York. This demonstration was organized after my review of a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center and front page headlines about vandalism in the Iglesia Evangelical Refugio de Salvacion located in Patchogue.

September 9, 2009
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Statement by New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

Saturday, September 5, 2009Patchogue, New York

This past Tuesday night, the Iglesia Evangelical Refugio de Salvacion was burglarized.  The criminals involved left a note on the altar of this church with anti-Hispanic comments.

This is not an isolated incident. 

While this church was being vandalized, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report that documents what is a serious problem in Patchogue, is a growing national problem. 

September 5, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Stresses Transparency in Government at Bronx Breakfast

This morning, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. welcomed Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers from twenty-two not-for-profit organizations to announce the Senator’s discretionary fund allocations for 2009.  Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx), Chair of the Assembly Aging Committee also attended the event.

August 17, 2009
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Breakfast Of Champions

By Elizabeth Benjamin: The Daily Politics

The four amigos broke bread again today, this time meeting for their version of a power breakfast at the restaurant in Albany's Crowne Plaza hotel.

July 7, 2009
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Diaz Sr. To Paterson: Come And Get Me

By Elizabeth Benjamin of The Daily Politics

Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the gift that keeps on giving as far as this coup-weary reporter is concerned, reiterated that plans to be in church in the Bronx on Sunday and all-but dared Gov. David Paterson to send the State Police in to drag him back to Albany.

July 2, 2009
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Diaz to Padavan: Even I Know Better

By Jimmy Vielkind of the PoltickerNY

ALBANY—State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is going home.

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but definitely Saturday and for the rest of the weekend.

July 1, 2009
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Diaz Sr. Takes Credit For Shifting Opinions On Gay Marriage

By Elizabeth Benjamin "The Daily Politics" on May 27, 2009

A triumphant Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. this morning claimed responsibility for a new poll that shows an increasing number of New Yorkers are opposed to the legalization of gay marriage and predicted the governor's program bill won't come to the Senate floor before the session ends next month.

May 27, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's MTA Mailing to His Constituents

Dear Resident:

I write to inform you that together with Senate Majority Leader, Malcolm Smith, and the other Senators, we have submitted a plan to resolve the fiscal deficit of $1,128 billion dollars in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's MTA Mailing to His Constituents

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's MTA Mailing to His Constituents

March 30, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's MTA Mailing to His Constituents

Estimado Residente:

Les escribo para informarle que unido al Senador Malcolm Smith, Lider del Senado Estatal y los otros Senadores, hemos sometido un plan para resolver el problema fiscal de $1.128 billones de dolares en la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte (MTA).

March 30, 2009
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New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Prescription Medication Bill Moves to Aging Committee for Vote

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Chairs Aging Committee Hearing on S1645

March 26, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to Hold Public Hearings to Allow Seniors to Obtain Prescription Medication from Canada

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D- Bronx) will Chair a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Conference Room 6 of the Empire State Plaza – Concourse Level in Albany. This public hearing will accept oral and written testimony regarding Senate Bill 1645 introduced by Senator Diaz which creates the New York State Prescription Medication Cost Containment Program. The legislation is modeled after a successful program that was implemented by Schenectady County in 2005.

March 20, 2009
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NYS Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Opposes Governor David Paterson’s Budget Cuts

As democrats, it is our responsibility to offer protection to the most needy, the poor, the elderly, our children and the handicapped in our community and the entire State of New York.

It is for this reason that I am surprised that a Democratic Governor is proposing budget cuts of 2 billion dollars to the State's budget that will directly hurt the most needy communities.

March 8, 2009
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Letter From Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Applauding Ms. Susan Dominus And The New York Times For Shedding Some Light On The Plight Of Bronx Families Who Will Face Eviction Due To Governor Paterson’s Intent To Cut Funding For The Homeless

As you may already know, Susan Dominus of the New York Times has written an informative and eye opening article regarding the drastic impact that Governor Paterson’s proposed cuts to the Homelessness Prevention Program will have on New York families.

Senator Liz Krueger also raised important questions regarding these proposed cuts to Commissioner David Hansell of the NYS  Office Of Temporary & Disability Assistance during last Thursday’s human services budget hearing.

March 8, 2009
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Senator Rev. Diaz Announces $200,000.00 Grant For Clason’s Point Branch Library

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is proud to announce that as a result of much effort and cooperation with his colleagues in Albany, legislation has been passed to award the Clason’s Point Branch Library with a construction grant of $200,000.00. The Clason’s Point Branch Library is located at 1215 Morrison Avenue in the 32nd Senatorial District.

March 5, 2009
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