You should know that like many Black and Hispanic members of the clergy in New York and throughout the United States, I am exceptionally grateful for the National Organization for Marriage, and for NOM’s President, Brian Brown.
I write this as a Democrat, as a State Senator and as the President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which represents tens of thousands of Hispanic and Black Christians.
Bronx, NY – The Hon. Hipolito Mejia, Ex-President of the Dominican Republic and now again a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, in the next presidential election to take place on May 20th of this year in the Republic, will visit the Bronx to participate in a community meeting with Pastors and Elected Officials of the County and city.
Bronx, NY – El Hon. Hipolito Mejia, Ex-Presidente de la República Dominicana y nuevamente candidato a la Presidencia de la República en las proximas elecciones Presidenciales a llevarse a cabo el 20 de Mayo del presente año en la República, visitará el Condado del Bronx para tener un Encuentro Ministerial y Comunal con Pastores y Oficiales Electos del Condado y la Cuidad.
Even a powerful state senator is no match for the Department of Motor Vehicles.
State Sen. Ruben Diaz has gone through 17 months of DMV hell trying to get the title on a 20-seat passenger bus for the disabled that he wants to donate to a nonprofit in the Dominican Republic.
The hair-pulling drama began in October 2010, when the bus was given to the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which Diaz (D-Bronx) heads. But the senator was unable to get the title because a defunct business in Missouri had a lien on the bus.
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.
Hunts Point: Here Comes Jeff Klein…Watch Out Gianaris!
You should know that the idea of creating a balanced, independent, powerful, decision making four-amigo group was born in the minds of Senators Carl Kruger and Pedro Espada. They saw the opportunity of creating a powerful, relevant and influential group that everyone would go to in order to get their support and backing. Personal demands, problems and ambitions derailed what was supposed to be an innovation never seen in New York State politics.
You should also know that Senator Jeff Klein took the idea and studied the amigos’ mistakes and personal problems. He then perfected Carl’s and Pedro’s ideas to the fullest.
You should know that I join with President Obama and Leaders throughout the United States in the growing outrage of the February 26th killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black youth who lived in Florida.
According to the bare facts, even though George Zimmernam was told not to chase Trayvon Martin, he refused to obey the authorities, and shot and killed the 17-year old.
Gay marriage has backfired on the Democratic Party.
You should know that since Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed for gay marriage in the State of New York and convinced the Democratic Party in the Assembly and the Senate to follow his lead to legalize gay marriage, the Democratic Party in New York City has not won a single victory.
I am amazed at the double standard used by Governor Andrew Cuomo when he threatened the unions by saying “If you are linking political contributions to a specific vote, you might get a call from the Attorney General, the District Attorney or JCOPE.”
While speaking with State Senator José Peralta from Queens, I learned about a problem in which most of the Hispanic legislature, especially the leaders of Somos, have gotten into with the labor unions in New York State.
As you know, Somos is an activity celebrated every year in Albany and coordinated by the Hispanic legislators in order to create a “Hispanic Agenda in favor of the Hispanic Community.”
A few days ago, the New York State Attorney General conducted a press conference to announce that thanks to the good work of his office, he just indicted Mr. Clement Gardner, the chief fiscal officer of the Christian Community Benevolent Association for criminally directing payments to himself.
Bronx, NY – El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz, junto al Asambleista Marcos Crespo y el Lider Comunal Luis Sepulveda, celebrará el Segundo “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York.” Este evento honrara las contribuciones de la comunidad Garifuna-Americana a la Ciudad de Nueva York.
Esta actividad, solamente por invitación, se llevará acabo hoy Jueves, 15 de Marzo de 2012 en el Restaurante Maestros Caterer’s ubicado en el 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York de 7:00 pm a 12:00 am.
Senator Ruben Diaz to celebrate the 2nd “Abrazo Garifuna in New York”
Bronx, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with New York State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Community Leader Mr. Luis Sepulveda, will celebrate the 2nd “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.” This event will honor the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City.
This event, by invitation only, will take place at Maestros Caterer’s located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, today, Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
You should know that here in the New York State Senate, aside from the 62 Senators taking care of the people’s business, voting on the Budget, and proposing pieces of legislation, there is a lot of competition that takes place among the Senators and staff members.
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man” (Jeremiah 17:5) … “Let God be true, and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4)
These biblical passages bring to mind the struggle that the New York Dominican community and their leaders have been engaged in for many years in their efforts to be effective in the political landscape of New York City in this great State of New York.
In this fight, the Puerto Rican leaders have been very helpful and have tried to do everything possible to open doors to help Dominicans.
The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization chaired by Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz will be donating a vehicle to the Dominican Republic.
This vehicle with a capacity for 20 passengers and equipped with special services for disabled people and wheelchairs, will be sent to the Dominican Foundation for life "FundoVida" which is presided over by the Dominican TV Host, Juan Cruz Triffolio and his wife Eduviges Ureña.