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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
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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 (www.nyc.gov/accessnyc) or bycalling 311 in NYC.

July 13, 2009
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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
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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
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Four Amigos Plus One

In an effort to break the stalemate in the New York State Senate, Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz said that he and Senator Carl Kruger, Senator Pedro Espada and Senator Hiram Monserrate will be joined by Senator Martin Malave-Dilan for breakfast today at 9am at the Crowne Plaza in Albany. 

According to Senator Rev. Diaz, “We are encouraged that Senator Martin Malave-Dilan is the newest member of the Amigos, and we remain hopeful that this huge mess will soon be a thing of the past due to our efforts.”

July 8, 2009
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Statement by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

“Today I walked out of the Senate Chamber because I refuse to allow myself to continue to be used and to be part of the circus where we vote for bill that Governor refuses to sign.

People should not read into this. I am not switching parties. I am not abandoning the Senate Democratic Conference nor my Senate Democratic colleagues. I am just tired of this circus.”

For further information, please contact Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz at 718/496-4793.

July 7, 2009
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July 7, 2009
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Breakfast Of Champions

By Elizabeth Benjamin: The Daily Politics

The four amigos broke bread again today, this time meeting for their version of a power breakfast at the restaurant in Albany's Crowne Plaza hotel.

July 7, 2009
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The Amigos Meet Again

In an effort to put an end to the torment in the New York State Senate, New York State Senator Ruben Diaz said that Senator Carl Kruger, Senator Pedro Espada Jr., Senator Hiram Monserrate and himself will be meeting again today to continue the negotiations between the four of them about how to put an end to this problem.

The four senators met yesterday for lunch, and will meet today for breakfast at 9am in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, New York.

According to Senator Diaz, "I expect this problem to be resolved no later than the end of this week."

July 7, 2009
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Diaz Sr. To Paterson: Come And Get Me

By Elizabeth Benjamin of The Daily Politics

Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the gift that keeps on giving as far as this coup-weary reporter is concerned, reiterated that plans to be in church in the Bronx on Sunday and all-but dared Gov. David Paterson to send the State Police in to drag him back to Albany.

July 2, 2009
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July 1, 2009
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Senador Rubén Díaz Critica Alcalde Sobre Nombramientos A La Nueva Junta Escolar

El Senador Rubén Díaz hoy criticó rotundamente al Alcalde Bloomberg al no nombrar ni un Latino a la nueva Junta Escolar.

En una rueda de prensa hoy, El Alcalde Bloomberg nombró los Vice Alcaldes Harris y Skyler a la nueva Junta Escolar como sus representantes. El Alcalde concluyó su rueda de prensa con un mensaje en español “para los padres” Latinos.

July 1, 2009
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Diaz to Padavan: Even I Know Better

By Jimmy Vielkind of the PoltickerNY

ALBANY—State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is going home.

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but definitely Saturday and for the rest of the weekend.

July 1, 2009
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Open Letter To Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Michael BloombergCity HallNew York, New York  10007

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

It is a disgrace that at least two faith-based organizations within my Senatorial District, Lighthouse Multi-Services and the Thessalonia Worship Center, have been denied block party permits this year.

July 1, 2009
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Statement by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

Today, our Governor missed the opportunity to claim victory for what the Senate Democrats achieved.  Instead of rejoicing with the Senate Democrats in our victory for successfully passing legislation, Governor Paterson has chosen to attack Senate Democrats and criticize our efforts.  He continues to erroneously claim that our votes were illegal.  The Senate Democrats succeeded, and Governor Paterson missed this great opportunity to be part of our victory.

For further information, please contact Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz at 718/496-4793.

June 30, 2009
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Samuel Gompers High School Denies Student to Participate at Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8:30 AM, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz’s office will join at a press conference with the family of Bianca Torres, a Samuel Gompers High School Senior student outside her school located at 455 Southern Boulevard in The Bronx.

June 26, 2009
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Samuel Gompers High School Denies Student to Participate at Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8:30 AM, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz’s office will join at a press conference with the family of Bianca Torres, a Samuel Gompers High School Senior student outside her school located at 455 Southern Boulevard in The Bronx.

June 25, 2009
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Statement By Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

“The great Governor of the State of New York is so out of touch with New Yorkers that he does not know what he is doing.

Governor David Paterson claims that he is punishing the Senators by making us stay here in Albany.  However, the reality is that nothing is getting accomplished.

The reality is that Governor Paterson is not punishing us - - he is blessing us.  Each day spent in Albany, every Senator is paid an additional stipend of $160.00, which is paid by the people of New York.

June 24, 2009
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