New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is happy to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Senator’s fifth sponsored bill into law:
“Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed my fifth sponsored piece of legislation into law (S.333/A.7007). Although it is easy enough for legislators to submit bills for consideration, it is not always easy for those of us who are not in the Majority to be effective legislators and get our bills passed and signed into law.
I celebrate that five of my sponsored bills have been approved in both the Senate and the Assembly, and signed into law by the Governor during the 2011 Session.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has posed the following question today to his Facebook friends:
Who here thinks that Governor Andrew Cuomo played games with us when he let the Port Authority claim they'd hike the toll fares by $6 and then he could come along and act like a hero saying to only make it a $1.50 increase?
Yes, Governor Andrew Cuomo tried to make us look like fools.
El Senador Estatal Reverendo Rubén Díaz hace un llamado a los Ministros que asistirán a la reunión con la Senadora Kirsten Gillibrand en el Condado del Bronx y al mismo tiempo les advierte que tengan cuidado y no permitan los utilizen como estrategias de campañas politicas.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has a message for the Bronx Clergy Legislative Counsel: Be careful that you don’t let Senator Kirsten Gillibrand use you tomorrow for an early campaign stump.
“When Senator Kirsten Gillibrand meets with Bronx ministers tomorrow to discuss the unacceptable unemployment rate for our Bronx youth, I hope they ask her to explain her silence when Governor Andrew Cuomo rammed his budget through the legislature costing jobs for our youth, cuts in education for our children, and loss of the home care attendants for our seniors.
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-NY) has released the following statement in response to the Debt Ceiling vote:
"After voting ‘no’ on the Debt Ceiling vote, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has publicly criticized this legislation as an "unbalanced approach” that “did not include new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and the elimination of loopholes benefiting corporations”.
But I never heard her nor any Democrat from New York City (except for Senator Tom Duane and me) criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo for not including a Millionaires Tax in the Governor Cuomo’s Budget that was clearly balanced on the backs of the poor and needy.
Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz announces a pre-parade banquet in honor of the Bronx Dominican Day Parade and its honorees.“El Abrazo Dominicano in New York”, which is an annual event and is by invitation only will take place at Maestros Restaurant located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am.
El Senador Estatal Rev. Rubén Díaz esta haciendo un llamado a todos los neoyorquinos a participar en una marcha a favor de “Permitirle al Pueblo que vote a favor ó en contra del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo” , Esta marcha se llevará acabo este Domingo 24 de Julio del 2011 a las 3:00 de la tarde frente a las oficina del Gobernador Andrew Cuomo en la ciudad de New York localizada en el 633 3ra. Avenida (esquina Calle 41) y marcharemos hasta las Naciones Unidas.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is calling for all New Yorkers to attend the “Stand Up And Be Heard Let the People Vote” Rally on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 3PM in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office located at 633 Third Avenue near 41st Street and march to the United Nations.
Senator Reverend Diaz issued the following statement:
“This Sunday a thousand people will demonstrate in midtown to let Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg know that even though the same-sex marriage law was approved by the legislature we will not be silenced!
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement in response to the Alliance Defense Fund Memo for New York Municipal Clerks who are responsible for issuing marriage licenses. Their Memo addresses the right of clerks and other employees to request an accommodation for their sincerely held religious beliefs concerning the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples:
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement:
“I’m sharing this information for everyone to see that unfortunately, people are still protecting crimes against children in New York. Senate Bill 1313B was passed in the Senate and the Assembly, but for some reason there is an effort underway to derail it. This law would help shield school children from witnessing open and notorious acts of prostitution as they walk to and from their schools.
Here is a tweet against my bill that was retweeted by others: “Take a moment to stop State Sen. Ruben Diaz's attempts to persecute sex worker! Gov. Cuomo has till Monday to... http://fb.me/DYw0D3g9”
It appears that State Senators Stephen Saland, Mark Grisanti, James Alesi and Roy McDonald sold their votes to the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg for $10,300 each.
At least this is the impression and feeling everyone is getting by reading the city newspapers that two weeks after their vote, Mayor Bloomberg, who previously declared his intentions to support and help finance any senator who would vote in favor of gay marriage and complied with his edict, sent a check to each one of them for the maximum amount allowed by law.
During the past two weeks, I have worn a badge of honor as the only Democrat in the New York State Senate to oppose Governor Andrew Cuomo's legislation to redefine our definition of marriage from one man and one woman.
Christians are never afraid to be alone because we know that we are never alone.
I have been blessed the past two weeks with an outpouring of support from countless New Yorkers who have embraced me on the street, called me, written to me, and posted online thanking me for standing strong for my convictions. These include:
On June 24th I voted my conscience and opposed Governor Andrew Cuomo's key piece of social legislation in the New York State Senate that redefines our marriage laws away from the traditional definition of one man and one woman. I was the only Democrat in the Senate to vote against this legislation, and I wear my vote as a badge of honor.
NEW YORK - Bronx state Senator Ruben Diaz, the lone Democrat to vote against landmark the gay marriage bill in New York, reflected on the defeat Monday, saying Christians need to organize better against gay marriage and support candidates who share their values.
Diaz, one of the 29 senators who voted "no" on the gay marriage legislation, is known as one of the most vocal opponents against the bill. He held a massive rally against the bill weeks before it was introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the state Legislature. When the bill was introduced for a vote Friday, he was also the only senator to speak against the bill on the floor.