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Why Didn't We Come Together, where was Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins?

What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161Why Didn't We Come Together, where was Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins?You should know that this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been quoted again and again in the media about his visit to Israel with Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver saying: “The fact that we came at this time, the fact that we came together. They understood this was not the usual state delegation. That was not lost on them and I think they were very appreciative."

August 14, 2014
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State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and State Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez to visit Children at the Sports Foundation, Inc.

PRESS RELEASEAUGUST 12, 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEState Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and State Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez to visit Children at the Sports Foundation, Inc.State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, along with State Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuses Services (OASAS), will be visiting the children who attend the Sports Foundation, Inc. located at 871B Westchester Avenue, Bronx, New York between Prospect Avenue and East 162nd Street on this Wednesday, August 13th, at 11:00AM.

August 12, 2014
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The Don Quixote of Albany

What You Should Know By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz 32nd Senatorial District 718-991-3161 The Don Quixote of AlbanyYou should know that Don Quixote de La Mancha is a book that was written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra back in 1605. For those who may not be familiar with the novel, here is a translation of an online summary:

August 11, 2014
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Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Friday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal Court

For Immediate ReleaseAugust 7, 2014By Senator Ruben DiazSenator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Friday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal CourtSenator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9AM at the Bronx Hall of Justice located at 265 East 161st Street in the Bronx, where criminal defendant Nanic Aidasani will appear in Court. Criminal charges of second-degree rape have been brought against Mr. Aidasani, a licensed practicing nurse who worked at the Manhattanville Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center in Riverdale. The victim is an elderly woman who suffers from dementia.

August 7, 2014
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE FRAUD

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Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2014

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE FRAUD

New law strengthens penalties for those who take advantage of immigrants and codifies the Office for New Americans, launched last year

August 6, 2014
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Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and Fellow Ministers to Welcome Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate to the Bronx

August 4, 2014

For Immediate Release

Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and Fellow Ministers to Welcome Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate to the Bronx

On Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9AM Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will welcome Lieutenant Governor Candidate Christopher Moss to the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue, between Jennings and Freeman Streets, in the Bronx.

August 4, 2014
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The Presumption of Innocence Should Apply for All

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By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

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The Presumption of Innocence Should Apply for All

You should know that in the American criminal justice system, there is something called the presumption of innocence. The presumption of innocence protects innocent people and allows anyone who is accused of a crime to maintain his or her innocence until a court of law finds them guilty. This is true for people who are accused of a crime, who are arrested for allegedly committing a crime, or who are indicted.

August 2, 2014
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State Senator Wants To Allow Lawsuits If People Are Stopped From Recording Cops

State Sen. Ruben Diaz (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, introduced a bill Thursday in which someone who is stopped from videotaping a police officer could sue for $25,000.

In introducing the bill, Diaz noted that videotaping police officers is already legal, unless it interferes with police work.

“They do not allow anyone to record them, or to videotape them, claiming that they are interfering with police activity,” Diaz told WCBS 880.

August 1, 2014
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Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz Introduces Bill Giving the Right to Sue When Videotaping is Prevented

For Immediate Release

July 31, 2014

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz Introduces Bill Giving the Right to Sue When Videotaping is Prevented

New York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) has introduced Senate Bill S.7932 to strengthen New York State's civil rights law permitting civilians to videotape uniformed personnel in the course of carrying out their duties. This new legislation will provide recovery for a person who is prevented from videotaping by uniformed personnel in the amount of $25,000.

July 31, 2014
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The Quid Pro Quo of Politics

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By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

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The Quid Pro Quo of Politics

You should know that in politics, there is something known as quid pro quo. In some form or another, this strategy is used by elected officials to negotiate business, positions, agendas, and personal interests - in exchange for political favors.

You should know that this practice of political negotiations is seen by the law as a criminal, corrupt and illegal. Therefore, anyone who is caught committing this act is taking the risk of ending up wearing a striped uniform, and living in a 6 foot by 8 foot cell in prison.

July 30, 2014
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Immigration Should Not Be the Only Issue on Our Agenda

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By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

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Immigration Should Not Be the Only Issue on Our Agenda

You should know that Paul the Apostle in his letter delivered to the Galatian believers instructed them to: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men especially unto them who are of our household." Galatians 6:10

July 27, 2014
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“ABRAZO DOMINICANO IN NEW YORK” TO HONOR THE BRONX DOMINICAN DAY PARADE AND ITS HONOREES

 

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July 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“ABRAZO DOMINICANO IN NEW YORK” TO HONOR THE BRONX DOMINICAN DAY PARADE AND ITS HONOREES

Senator Rubén Díaz announces a pre-parade banquet in honor of the Bronx Dominican Day Parade and its honorees. The annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014 on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The Grand Marshall will be the Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President.

July 23, 2014
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New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Introduces Anti-Chokehold Legislation

For Immediate Release

July 22, 2014

 

New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Introduces Anti-Chokehold Legislation

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is introducing a Senate Bill to make the use of chokehold illegal in New York State. This bill "establishes the crime of strangulation in the first degree, disregard of banned employment procedures."

Senator Rev. Diaz stated: "Every time I see the video of Eric Garner, or think about Anthony Baez, it breaks my heart. As a State Senator and as a Minister I am obligated to do whatever I can to prevent another person from being a victim of chokehold. I pray that this amendment to the New York State Penal Law will in fact, protect people from this vicious crime."

July 22, 2014
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The Dilemma that We Elected Officials Face

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

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The Dilemma that We Elected Officials Face

You should know that there are many times in politics when we are faced with especially delicate and sophisticated issues. There are times when our decisions may not hold up to everyone’s satisfaction.

You should know that when a person is elected to serve and represent the needs of others, the duties of that elected person often include appointing people to serve alongside them. In political reality, there are certain qualities of potential appointees, aside from professional qualifications, that we must consider: race, creed, color, and sex – to name a few.

July 22, 2014
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Another Choke Hold, Another Killing

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By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

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Another Choke Hold, Another Killing

You should know that on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Staten Island resident and father of six, Eric Garner died as a victim of choke hold by New York City Police officers. Eric Garner was unarmed, except for the loose cigarettes he was accused of selling.

You should already know that on December 22, 1989, Bronx resident Anthony Baez was killed when New York City Police officers used a chokehold on him. Anthony Baez was also unarmed, except for the football he was tossing with his brothers.

July 19, 2014
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For Immediate Release

July 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

Senators Rubén Díaz and Jeff Klein, together with Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, will be presenting Certificates of Merit to the more than 75 adult graduates of the Shany Maintenance School during their graduation ceremony. The ceremony will take place tonight, Friday July 18, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Renaissance Adult Center located at 787 East 156th Street, Bronx, NY 10459.

For more information, please contact Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz at (718) 991-3161.

 

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July 18, 2014
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The Truth Can Hurt

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

 

The Truth Can Hurt

You should know that on June 10, 2014, a California judge ruled that teacher tenure laws in California are unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in that lawsuit argued that the rights of students who attend poor and minority schools are violated because their schools are disproportionately staffed by ineffective and bad teachers, and those bad teachers are protected by tenure.

July 14, 2014
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Kathy Hochul Comes to the Bronx and it is a Deep, Dark Secret

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

 

Kathy Hochul Comes to the Bronx and it is a Deep, Dark Secret

You should know that earlier this week, Kathy Hochul, who was chosen by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as his candidate for Lieutenant Governor, responded to a request by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. to come to the Bronx to meet with Hispanic elected officials. The urgency that was conveyed to me and to New York's Hispanic elected officials by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. convinced me that this meeting was not to be missed.

July 10, 2014
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The Children's Migration Movement of 2014

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

The Children's Migration Movement of 2014

You should know that last year, 38,833 unaccompanied minors were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol. This year, as many as 74,000 unaccompanied children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are expected to be caught at the United States border. Whoever is organizing this movement of undocumented migrant children is very effective.

July 9, 2014
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New York City Could Become the Next O.K. Corral

What You Should Know

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

 

New York City Could Become the Next O.K. Corral

You should know that since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton eliminated the Stop and Frisk policy, the number of shootings and loss of life by innocent bystanders has increased to the point that if this does not stop soon, New York City might become the next O.K. Corral.

You should know that the O.K. Corral involved the shooting between the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan – and the Clanton brothers – in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. It is still regarded as the biggest gunfight in the American Old West.

July 7, 2014
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