Ruben Diaz's Press releases

Statement By the New York State Senate Democratic Conference Commemorating September 11th

“Eight years ago, we witnessed the most horrific terrorist attack ever launched on our nation’s soil. Thousands lost their lives and millions were left shaken with despair. Though our resolve to co-exist in a free and tolerant society was tested, our courage and commitment to band together was never in question. “Today, we honor the men and women whose lives were taken far before their time and those brave individuals of the NYPD, FDNY and Port Authority who in service to their nation gave the last full measure of devotion.

September 11, 2009

Senate Approves “Nixzmary Brown Bill”

[Albany, NY]  Last night Senate Bill 6091, better known as the Nixzmary Brown Bill has passed in the New York State Senate. With the hope that it will help raise awareness during this new school year, and deter child abuse and neglect in New York State,  Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz, Sr. (D-Bronx), the bill’s sponsor, has pushed for this legislation to be passed during today’s Senate’s Session.

September 11, 2009

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 10, 2009

New York State Aging Committee Public Hearing to be Broadcast Live

The New York State Senate Aging Committee Public Hearing, chaired by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz, will be broadcast live at  The hearing will take place in New York City at the Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

September 7, 2009

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 6, 2009

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization are Going to Long Island

On  Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:00am, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz  and  members of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will board  a bus at Christian Community  Church, located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue in The  Bronx to travel to Patchogue, Long Island and protest the ongoing hatred  toward Hispanics in Long Island.  The group will arrive at the Iglesia  Evangelical Refugio de  Salvacion, located at 102 Railroad Avenue at 2:00 noon.  The Long Island church was burglarized on Tuesday night and a note with anti-

September 4, 2009

Senator Rev Diaz Letter to NYC Parks Commissioner

Dear Commissioner Benape:

This letter is to inform you that my constituents have been complaining to my office that Indian Lake  in Crotona Park needs to be cleaned – immediately.

My constituents and their families are concerned about the pollution and odor and filth that needs regular and proper maintenance, especially during these summer months when families rely upon our public parks for recreation and enjoyment.

August 26, 2009

New York State Aging Committee to Hold Public Hearing: “H.R. 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 and its Impact on Senior Citizens”

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz, Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, is calling for a public hearing on President Obama’s proposed health care reform and the impact it will have on New York State senior citizens.  The hearing will take place at 250 Broadway, Senate Hearing Room, 19th Floor in New York City on Tuesday, September 8, 2009  from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

August 18, 2009

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

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to Announce Recipients of $2 Million Discretionary Funds

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) will host a Breakfast on Monday, August 17, 2009 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM with representatives from organizations for whom he will allocate discretionary funds in 2009.  The event will take place at Maestro’s Caterers located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue near Morris Park Avenue in The Bronx.

“This is a historic achievement for the 32nd Senatorial District!” exclaimed Senator Rev. Diaz after securing $2 million in funding for twenty-two organizations whose programs serve the many needs of his constituents in the South Bronx.

August 14, 2009

Senator Diaz's Letter to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo

Honorable Andrew CuomoOffice of the Attorney GeneralThe CapitolAlbany, NY 12224-0341

Dear Mr. Cuomo:

In response to the recent attention directed at the hiring and resignation as the Director of the New York State Intergovernmental Relations of Senator Pedro Espada’s son, Pedro G. Espada, I am respectfully calling for an investigation by the Office of the New York State Attorney General to determine the number of family members of state legislators, commissioners and department heads currently on the New York State Legislature’s payroll.

August 13, 2009

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Urges Parents to Beware of the Dangers of "Cordial de Monell para la Dentición"

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) shared his concerns about recent warnings for parents about the dangers of "Cordial de Monell para la Dentición", a locally purchased product that soothes teething babies.  Senator Rev. Diaz stated, “It is important for parents to know that because of its serious and dangerous side effects on babies ‘Cordial de Monell para la Dentición’ is illegal in the United States.”

August 3, 2009

Latino Ministers Pray for Peace in Honduras

On Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 1:00pm, New York State Senator Ruben Diaz andthe New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will gather at the United NationsDag Hammarskjold Park on East 47th Street and First Avenue in New York Cityto pray for peace in Honduras.

This  prayer  vigil  is being organized by Honduran Pastors Sonia Fernandezand  Hector  Chiesa,  member  of  the  Board  of  Directors of Radio VisionCristiana.

July 30, 2009

Letter to Congressman Henry Waxman re Section 1233 of HR 3200

Dear Congressman Waxman:As Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, I am deeply concerned that a provision that targets senior citizens in Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 may preempt New York State rules and practices.  This proposed federal health care legislation’s impact upon the elderly citizens of New York State needs to be sensitive to what may be considered a “state’s rights” issue, which may be best dealt with at the state level, and not imposed by Washington.

July 27, 2009

Statement by New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

I am glad that Bill Thompson has finally joined me in demanding the resignation of New York Chancellor Joel Klein.  Two years ago, to be exact – on February 8, 2007, I sent an open letter to Mayor Bloomberg calling for the immediate resignation of Chancellor Joel Klein and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott. In that letter (see link: letter ) I stated the reason why: because they have been a failure to the school system and to our children.  Part of their failure included a $16 million dollar

July 22, 2009

Statement by New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz About Mayoral Control

As Chair of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus, and as a member of the Hispanic Community, I believe that it is an assault on many New Yorkers for Mayor Bloomberg to play upon the feelings and sentiments and emotions of our communities.  These are scare tactics. Making believe that the sky is going to fall and that the walls of education are about to crumble is completely false.

July 19, 2009

Abrazo Dominicano in The Bronx In Honor of Celines Toribio, Francis Mendez, and Nelson Valdez

As an precursor to the grand Dominican Parade in The Bronx, in recognition of the contributions of this community’s progress and development throughout New York City, Bronx Borough President, Rubén Díaz, Jr., Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr., and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, will be celebrating “Una Noche de Abrazo Dominicano” in The Bronx.

July 15, 2009

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program (SCRIE) Income Eligibility

SCRIE 'freezes' rent allowing seniors to remain in their apartments

The 2009 Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) requirements are:

* For rent stabilized apartments, tenants must have a valid one or two yearlease.*Tent must be at least 1/3 of net monthly income,* Head of household must be age 62 or older.* Assets: No limits.* Income: $29,000 household total.

Applications are available at ACCESS NYC ( or bycalling 311 in NYC.

July 13, 2009

Statement by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

“We said that by Thursday this thing will end, and as promised, the Four Amigos have brought an end to the stalemate that has paralyzed the New York State legislature for weeks. The Amigos have brought Senator Pedro Espada back to the Democratic Conference where we prevail in the majority.

July 9, 2009

Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Demands Apology from Senator Jeff Klein

State Senator Rev Ruben Diaz, President of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus, is demanding an apology from Senator Jeff Klein’s statement calling them “irrelevant” and “people like that”. By saying “people like that” does he mean Hispanic or what?

Senator Klein made this statement after four Senators, Ruben Diaz, Hiram Monserrate, Martin Malave Dilan and Carl Kruger walked out of a session called by their conference after adjourning Governor Paterson’s Extraordinary Session.

July 8, 2009
Syndicate content