What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161Showing our Respect for the Honorable Herman Badillo You should know that on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM there will be a Funeral Service for the repose of the soul of the Honorable Herman Badillo at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home located at 1076 Madison Avenue in New York City.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”
On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.
You should know that in the wake of the November 24, 2014 Grand Jury ruling that Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, demonstrations have erupted all over this nation - especially in Ferguson, Missouri.
People are frustrated and hurt and disappointed, and I agree that they have reason to be frustrated, hurt and extremely disappointed. What I cannot agree with is the way people are expressing their frustration.
What You Should Know By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz 32nd Senatorial District 718-991-3161
The Problem with New York City and the Department of Homeless Services
You should know that a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Gilbert Taylor from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), to discuss a variety of issues that impact the homeless population in the City of New York. I am very concerned with the lack of transparency on the part of DHS with regards to the disparity and secrecy with which it pays its providers not only in the Bronx but throughout the City.
For Immediate ReleaseNovember 19, 2014By: Senator Rev. Rubén DíazSenator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Wednesday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal CourtSenator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil this Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9AM at the Bronx Hall of Justice located at 265 East 161st Street in the Bronx. Criminal charges of second-degree rape have been brought against Mr. Nanic Aidasani, a licensed practical nurse who worked at the Manhattanville Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center in Riverdale. Mr. Aidasani, who has been accused of the assault, will appear in Court. The victim is an elderly woman who suffers from dementia.
Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to Hold Monday Morning Rally Supporting Fresh Direct
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and Ministers from the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a Rally on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:30AM on the Steps of the Bronx County Courthouse (located at 851 Grand Concourse & 161st Street) to support Fresh Direct's plans to move to the Bronx.
What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161 Ray Kelly and Others Deserve a Security Detail You should know that Jamie Schram and Danika Fears wrote an article in the November 10, 2014 edition of the New York Post titled "Ray Kelly to lose his taxpayer-funded security detail." According to that article:
A Veterans Day Message from Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
November 11, 2014
On this Veterans Day, I am proud to say that I served in United States Army's 35th Quarter Master Battalion. In 1960, I was sent from my home in Puerto Rico to receive basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. From South Carolina, I was sent to serve our country in Ludwisburg, Germany. As a Veteran, I would like to honor all who served with a message to all Members of the Armed Services: Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. May the Lord continue to bless you and your families.
What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161Senator Jeff Klein and the IDC are the Losers of the WeekYou should know that Election Day has passed and for all of us in the New York State Senate, the dust has settled. In one of my earlier columns “Who will be the “Cappo di tutti capi” of the New York State Senate?” I mentioned different scenarios about how Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, or Senator Jeff Klein could be winners and losers.
Police Chief Gerald Nelson, an African-American, and Inspector Manuel De la Rosa, a Puerto Rican: They have both endured the same injustice
You should know that both New York City Police Chief Gerald Nelson and New York City Police Inspector Manual De la Rosa have been confronted with difficult times and apparent discrimination toward them, within the NYPD.
What You Should Know
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
32nd Senatorial District
718-991-3161 Police Chief: Edward Delatorre, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
You should know that there is an old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." It is something that many of us say to ourselves when no matter how good we try to be helping another person, it backfires in our faces.
Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, or Senator Jeff Klein: Who will be the “Cappo di tutti capi” of the New York State Senate?
You should know that the windows are open and the bookies are taking bets for the political horse race to see which of the three State Senators – Dean Skelos, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, or Jeff Klein – will cross the finish line first and claim the prize as the “Cappo di tutti capi” of the New York State Senate.
You should know that in one of my previous columns I wrote about how elected officials use all kind of tactics to keep their job. Some lie and some use facts, and some have no sensitivity at all. During this election season, among all of those television commercials, you should see the commercials Eric Schneiderman has released trying to brag about how great he is and what a good job he has done as New York’s Attorney General.
You should know that this week, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo jetted off with his staff in a private plane to pander to leaders in Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Hispanic elected officials were not given the same courteous treatment as his staff and had to travel on a commercial plane. The same is true for the Puerto Rican Hispanic elected officials traveling to Puerto Rico from New York to support Governor Andrew Cuomo. No private plane - they all had to fly commercial as Cuomo and his staff traveled like royalty in his private plane.
What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161 The Truth Hurts You should know that “The truth hurts” is an old saying that is used when people who engage in deception get angry when they are confronted with the facts. You should know that the life of an elected official often involves bragging about his or her achievements, and it also involves spending huge sums of money to tell their constituents how great they are.
You should know that on Sunday September 28, Mr. Rex Smith, Editor of The Times Union, wrote an article in response to one of my columns in which I declare myself one of the most effective Democratic Senators in the State.
You should know that it is an honor for me to know that Mr. Rex Smith reads and pays attention to my columns, even though he intends to put me down. Nonetheless, I thank him for paying attention to me. Enclosed, please read his entire column. This is Senator Ruben Diaz, and this what you should know.
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 8, 2014Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz and Fellow Ministers to Welcome Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino to the BronxOn Thursday, October 9, 2014, Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will welcome New York State Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino to a morning breakfast at Maestro’s Restaurant located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York. This breakfast meeting will start at 9:00 AM and it is expected that Mr. Astorino will arrive at approximately 10:00 AM.
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 6, 2014Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz and Fellow Ministers to Welcome Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino to the BronxOn Thursday, October 9, 2014, Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will welcome New York State Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino to a morning breakfast at Maestro’s Restaurant located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York. This breakfast meeting will start at 9:00 AM and it is expected that Mr. Astorino will arrive at approximately 10:00 AM.