You should know that on Monday May 5, 2014, the Unites States Supreme Court of America ruled in favor of a case established by a small town called Greece in upstate New York. This case was known as “The Case of the Town of Greece v. Galloway,” and it was in regards to prayers offered at public legislative meetings.
You should know that the people of the Bronx, especially those residing in the area of the South Bronx which is covered by the 41st Police Precinct, will soon see their crime statistics going up costing their property and car insurance premiums to also go up.
You should also know that the irony of this is that this will happen even though crime in the area has come down and the area has become one of the safest in the Bronx. But because crimes committed inside the prison (house of detention) are applied to local police precincts, the people of the Bronx are the ones being punished and paying the price for it.
You should know that on Monday, April 28th, the New York State Senate – in a Resolution introduced by Senator Jeff Klein – recognized and honored the County of the Bronx for the second year in a row. Under the coordination of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Senator Jeff Klein, the Bronx has become a hot topic in Albany.
You should know that on June 24, 2014, New York State will host its Primary only for candidates running for the US Congress. This legal change was made 2 years ago when Federal District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe ruled in a lawsuit that a September primary will not allow sufficient time to send absentee ballots to military voters. This will be the second time that New Yorkers will experience separate primaries for federal and state races.
You should know that according to some news reports, there is a movement afoot in Albany to break up the IDC-Republican Senate Coalition, which serves as the existing alliance that controls the New York State Senate. The IDC-Republican Senate Coalition is made up of the Senate Republicans and the five Independent Senate Democrats, led by Senator Jeff Klein.
The New York State 2014-2015 Budget is due on April 1st, and one more year will go by when the most dedicated, hard working people in the State will once again be ignored.
As you know, COLA means Cost of Living Adjustment, and as long as inflation, expenses and prices increase, living conditions get worse for those who don’t make enough money. They invented the COLA supposedly to help those hardworking men and women.
It’s Time to Bring Senator Jeff Klein and the IDC Back!
You should know there is an old saying that you should be careful what you wish for because you might just get it. This means that sometimes we think we want something that will benefit our lives or help us to come out ahead, but when we get these things, they can turn out to be Achilles’ heels and make us feel sorry for ever wanting them.
MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WILL GET TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE ABRAZO GARIFUNA IN NEW YORK
Bronx, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with New York State Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, will celebrate the 4th “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.” This event will honor the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the State and City of New York .
The event, will take place at Maestros Caterers located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, this Friday, March 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to Hold Prayer Rally for Justice
On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:00AM, New York State Senator Rev Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will join Civil Rights Attorney Sanford Rubenstein outside the Bronx Criminal Court Building located at 265 E 161st Street (between Morris and Sherman Avenues) for a Prayer Rally for Justice for the victim and family of an incompetent 64-year old woman who was sexually assaulted in a Bronx nursing home by an employee. The defendant, 42-year old Nanic Aidasani, LPN, who has been accused of raping the nursing home resident, has been summoned to appear in Court.
You should know that Albany is the place where New Yorkers come to let our government know how strongly people feel about any number of issues. Groups come to Albany to lobby on behalf of senior citizens, the DREAM ACT, Earth Day, organized labor, tenants, the gay agenda, Catholic values, libraries, farmers, nurses, etc. (I cannot tell you how many times I have been approached by lobbyists who use the stories of Black and Hispanic children to push for their causes.)
You should know that I am no fan of Governor Andrew Cuomo. For many years, he and I have publicly disagreed on a number of serious issues, including abortion, traditional marriage, funding for senior citizens and less fortunate New Yorkers, and the urgency of the DREAM Act.
You should also know that I have no doubt that if Kerry Kennedy were not the former wife of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and if she were not the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and the niece of President John F. Kennedy, she would not be the target of the great injustice she now faces in her very public trial.
As you know, the latest hot potato in our political world here in Albany is the leap of faith just taken by Democratic Senator Tony Avella from Queens, New York to abandon the every-day weakening Democratic Conference and jump to the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) led by Senator Jeffrey Klein from the Bronx.
You should know that with this jump, I am pretty sure that Senator Avella will be getting some benefits and privileges, e.g., office, staff, and a committee chairmanship, most likely the Aging Committee, which is currently vacant.
Friday Afternoon Memorial Planned for 6-year old Traffic Accident Victim Amar Diarrassouba
On February 28, 2014 at approximately 2:30pm, the students and staff of PS 155 will hold a brief remembrance in honor of 6-year old Amar Diarrassouba at the intersection of East 117th Street and First Avenue in East Harlem. Amar was killed there one year ago by a tractor trailer truck.
All are invited to attend to remember this bright, energetic young boy, as balloons are released in loving memory.
His parents, Sidiki and Meichata Diarrassouba dearly hope that the legislation introduced last year in the New York State Senate requiring guards on truck wheels, will be finally be approved.