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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
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State Senate Majority Conference, Parents to Hold Press Conference on School Governance

The State Senate Majority Conference and dozens of parents will hold a press conference urging City Officials to support legislation, increasing parental involvement and training  in New York City schools.

WHO: Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Senators Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz, Sr., Shirley L. Huntley, Carl Kruger, and Hiram Monserrate

July 23, 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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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 22, 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Tuesday Press Conference Postponed

Please note that Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's Reconveyence Press Conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at 11am has been postponed.

Further details to follow.

July 21, 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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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
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The Four Amigos to Break Bread in The Bronx

With the intention of celebrating the recent achievements of the New York State Senate, along with discussing further issues that remain in the agenda for 2009, and to reaffirm their friendship and unity, the Four Amigos, Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz, Senator Pedro Espada, Senator Carl Cruger and Senator Hiram Monserrate will be having lunch together on Monday, July 20th at 1pm at Joe’s Place located at 1841 Westchester Avenue in The Bronx.

July 20, 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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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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