Posted by Ruben Diaz on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
August 3, 2011
For Immediate Release
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.
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.
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.
You should know that the Office of the New York State Governor is located on the Second Floor of the Capital Building in Albany. Therefore, anything and everything that has to do with the Governor is referred to as coming “from the Second Floor.”
You should also know that there were seven pieces of legislation dealing with the Budget. Independently, each piece of legislation was supposed to be discussed and approved by the majority of the Senators before they could be sent to the Governor to sign into law.
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.