You should know that today the New York State Senate will begin a public push to limit how Senate campaign funds can be spent. These campaign funds are donations from individuals and organizations given with the understanding that the candidate will use them as they see fit - like renting a car and paying for meals.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will be leading the cadre of elected officials that will be attending the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization’s Annual Banquet.
During this annual event, attended by more than 700 people, the honorees; Rev. Robert “Bob” Rodriguez, Rev. Rafael Reyes, Rev. Maritza Nelson, Rev. Erick Salgado, Rev. Joel Bauza and Rev. Mario Olivero will be receiving Proclamations from State Senator Ruben Diaz and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo.
You should know that when Rudy Giuliani was the U.S Attorney for the Southern District, he was practically an unknown until he decided to go after elected officials, mostly in Bronx County. Former U.S Attorney Giuliani indicted Bronx Congressman Robert Garcia, Bronx Borough President Stanley Simon, Bronx County leader Stanley Friedman, and many others.
After learning about the difficult and embarrassing situation for which my senate colleague, Malcolm Smith is going through and after so many calls from members of the media asking for my comments I am herewith expressing my two cents.
You should know that out of so many Black and Hispanic elected officials in the New York State Legislature, this year, only two of them had the guts to show their complete dissatisfaction with Governor Andrew Cuomo by voting to reject every single part of the Governor’s Budget.
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Leads Midnight Bus Vigil on Wheels
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-NY) will lead the all-night vigil of thirty (30) buses sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage bound for Washington, D.C. to join the March for Marriage demonstration in front of the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The thirty (30) buses filled with Pentecostal ministers and members of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will depart from various locations in New York at midnight, and gather at 9:00 AM in front of the United States Supreme Court.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has introduced legislation to require the use of rear wheel guards on certain vehicles (S.4326). This bill comes in the wake of the tragic loss of 6-year-old Amar Diarrassouba, who was fatally struck and killed by a truck on February 28, 2013 at the intersection of 117th Street and 1st Avenue in East Harlem, while walking to school with his older brother.
You should know that El Diaro la Prensa is following my lead – yes, the lead of Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz – and the political movement I began last year asking my colleagues in the New York State Senate, especially the Hispanic Senators, unite and to not vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget unless it includes the Dream Act.
You should know that on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:00 midnight, the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold an all-night vigil on buses bound to Washington, D.C., to join the National Organization for Marriage who is organizing a demonstration on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM in front of the United States Supreme Court.
Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Unprecedented amounts of secret money were spent on last year’s federal elections. In fact, spending by shadowy outside groups has become increasingly pervasive everywhere, including in New York elections. Unless we change the system with reforms like meaningful disclosure rules and public campaign financing, this crisis will only grow worse. Fortunately, key figures in Albany are pushing for more transparency in our state’s government.
You should know that when we, Black and Hispanic elected officials go out campaigning to become elected or re-elected, we promise our communities that we will fight, protect and stand against any and all things that will be detrimental to their benefit and goals.