New York State Senator Rev Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx) will introduce legislation to “amend the general obligations law, in relation to requiring mercantile establishments to cease collections upon a court order finding of not guilty of larceny in mercantile establishments.” This legislation is in response to the growing number of news stories about people who have shopped at Macy’s and other stores and have been erroneously charged with shoplifting.
You should all know that for years and years, I have been writing columns – just like this one – titled "What You Should Know.” While I am certainly no friend of the Daily News nor most of the media, from time to time, my columns appear in part or in their entirety in different publications.
You should know that there has been a lot of media hype about Macy’s and the lawsuit actor Robert Brown has brought against Macy’s for (allegedly) parading him through the store in handcuffs after he bought a $1350.00 watch for his mother. Mr. Brown’s case may very well be the tip of the iceberg as to what actually goes on inside Macy’s Herald Square Store, located on West 34th Street in New York City.
My dear friend and former legal counsel, Christopher Lynn, Esq. told me about his experience representing a Hispanic man who was arrested and accused of shoplifting at Macy’s two years ago.
Could You Imagine What Would Happen If They Did This In New York?
You should know that the New York Daily News published an article on October 23, 2013 by columnist Juan Gonzalez titled: “Citizenship of Haitians in Dominican Republic for decades threatened by court ruling.” His article began as follows: “The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ordered a government review of all birth certificates issued since 1929 for the purpose of determining how many Dominican-born children of foreigners were born 'in transit' and wrongly granted citizenship. Human rights advocates called it pure 'racism and xenophobia.'”
You should know that “Do as I Say, Not as I Do” appears to be the message that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending to every member of the State Legislature and to the people of New York.
We all know that the Moreland Commission, created by Governor Cuomo, was intended to investigate and end corruption in our State’s government and public programs. And we all know about all of the brouhaha that went along with the idea of this Commission, all of the high talk about how his Commission would be independent, and how freely his Commission Members would be able to go against anyone to weed out corruption.
CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE RANGEL AND BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. TO ATTEND VETERAN’S FORUM
United States Congressman Charlie Rangel and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. are among the elected officials that have confirmed their participation in the First Bronx Public Forum on Veterans Affairs to be conducted this Friday, October 4, 2013 from 9:00AM to 12:00 PM in the Auditorium of the Lincoln Hospital located at 234 East 149th Bronx, New York.
El Congresista Charles Rangel y el Presidente del Condado del Bronx Rubén Díaz, Jr. se encuentran entre los oficiales electos que han confirmado su participación al primer Forum publico sobre Asuntos de Veteranos en el Condado del Bronx.
Sheldon Silver has a driver … so what’s the big fuss?
You should know that the New York Post has spent a lot of time and resources on its writers and photographers to investigate New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s driver. On Sunday, September 29, Candice Giove’s article “Silver’s driver making wasteful Albany-NYC trips” accuses Speaker Silver of wasting New York taxpayer money that pays for his driver.
Why can’t the Assembly Speaker have a driver? What’s the big fuss?
Commissioner Janette Sadik-KhanDepartment of Transportation55 Water Street, 9th FloorNew York, NY 10041Dear Commissioner Sadik-Khan:This letter is to request your immediate attention to an urgent matter that is affecting and damaging many small businesses due to construction and repairs that are being done at and near the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Castle Hill Avenue in The Bronx.
You should know that Roberto Perez, who serves as Bill DeBlasio’s Chief Public Affairs Consultant just blasted an email boasting “De Blasio wins Latino Vote with 41%”.
Mr. Perez’s email boasting Bill De Blasio’s lead in the Democratic ballot for New York’s mayoral primary stated: “In exit polls conducted by Edison Research, De Blasio trounced his rivals among all main demographic groups. He held sway among men (44%) and women (42%), whites (46%), blacks (44%) and Hispanics (41%), all the city's main religious communities and all age groups.”
You should know that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are scheduled to end on November 1st. In the United States Congress, efforts are underway to cut food stamps - $40 billion in cuts over the next decade. One Member of Congress, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) who collected nearly $3.5 million in government farm subsidies from 1999-2012, defended his support for cutting food stamps by declaring: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
You should know that the most recent Quinnipiac University Poll, led by their Director, Maurice Carroll, is getting away with something no one else could have gotten away with in New York City in 2013.
You should know that Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll has been conducting periodic polling about New York City’s candidates by likely Democratic voters, and lo and behold, his most recent results include statistics for voters who are men, voters who are women, White voters, and Black voters.
JOHN LIU AND ELLIOT SPITZER WITH HISPANIC MINISTERS
New York City Comptroller John Liu and former Governor Elliot Spitzer will be attending, The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Meeting, this Thursday August 29, 2013.
The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which is presided by New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz has been meeting, in a weekly basis, for the past 25 years. They meet every Thursday from 9:00 am-11:00 am in the Christian Community Neighborhood Church located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue between Jennings and Freeman in Bronx County.
Open Letter to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation
August 22, 2013
Commissioner Joan McDonald
New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12232
Dear Commissioner McDonald:
As you may know, I am the Senate sponsor of Senate Bill 7399-A (2012), a piece of legislation that requires the State Department of Transportation and the State Thruway Authority to submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature regarding the safety of the state's roadways and to reduce the risk of crashes.
Jose Alberto “El Canario, The Orquesta Hermanos Colon, and Angelo y su Conjunto Modelo are some of the bands that will participate on one of the stages in the Morrison Avenue Festival in the Bronx.
This festival, (where there will be free entertainment, games and music for the whole family including the children) is sponsored by Well Care, Affinity Health Plan and Be Live Hotels, and will be held on:
Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Morrison Avenue (between Westchester Avenue and Watson Avenue) starting at 12:00 p.m.
Transportation: Train #6, Buses #4, #27 to Morrison Avenue Station