El año 2011 ha sido uno de altas y bajas para nuestra comunidad, hemos tenidos escandalos políticos, el presupuesto del Gobernador Andrew Cuomo que practicamente aniquilo programas y servicios a los mas necesitados en nuestra comunidad. El matrimonio entre hombres con hombres y mujeres con mujeres fue impuesto a nuestra gente, un curriculum de educación sexual introducido en las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de New York por el Alcalde Michael Bloomberg y la eliminación del uso de las Escuelas Públicas por parte de las Iglesias para dar cultos y servicios al Dios del Cielo….fueron entre tantas cosas los acontecimientos más importantes del año 2011.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement in response to the killing of veteran NYPD Officer Peter Figoski:
“My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the four daughters, parents, brother, family and friends of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski who was shot in the face and killed in the line of duty in Brooklyn on Monday.
During the past few months, a lot of criticism has been directed toward the NYPD, sometimes with a complete disregard for the real dangers police officers take every day when they respond to calls. Tragically, NYPD Officer Figoski’s death reminds us of those dangers.
Dominicans in New York to recognize the work of the Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz on behalf of the Dominican Community
By Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz
How grateful, proud, and privileged I feel that I have been chosen as one of the persons to be recognized during the 24th Anniversary of the Comite del Dominicano en el Exterior!
Mr. Maximo Padilla, President of the Comite del Dominicano en el Exterior (CODEX-the Committee of Dominicans Abroad) has announced the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the organization which will include a banquet to be held next Sunday, December 18th , starting at 8: 00 p.m. in one of the Grand Ball rooms of the Astoria World Manor, located at 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Queens, NY.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement today in preparation for today’s extraordinary session in the New York State Legislature that will increase income tax on the rich:
“Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally seen the light! Once again, time has proven me right
Earlier this year, no one wanted to follow my lead when I insisted that we will never come out of this mess and stop hurting the poor unless we enact a Millionaires Tax and extend our rent control laws.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) issued the following statement in response to State Supreme Court Judge Robert Wiggins’ ruling that the lawsuit initiated by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom challenging the state's same-sex marriage law can proceed:
“I am disappointed in Judge Wiggins’ decision because he did not go far enough. Judge Wiggins limited his decision to issues surrounding New York State’s open meetings law.
While the City’s poor residents were the losers of the week, Walmart was the big winner.
The local, state and national media have reported that, in terms of sales, this past Thanksgiving weekend was the largest in history.
"Black Friday," as the day after Thanksgiving is called, generated an unprecedented $52.4 billion in sales, providing an enormous boost to the economy. Despite the fiscal crisis, consumers spent a historic amount of money on “Black Friday.”
Shopping centers, supermarkets and all types of stores were overcrowded with people, including rows of consumers who either slept or stood in lines for more than 48 hours prior to "Black Friday."
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has drafted legislation to amend the State’s real property actions and proceedings law to impose stricter requirements on lenders, assignees and mortgage servers by requiring them to submit an affidavit to the court prior to commencing foreclosure proceedings, attesting under oath they own the property being foreclosed. Should they not be able to subsequently prove this during the foreclosure proceedings, they will be guilty of a class E felony. Recently enacted in Nevada, the foreclosure rates declined over 90%.
Senator Diaz, a Member of the New York State Senate Housing Committee and Banking Committee stated:
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) will be visiting the following four Bronx senior citizen centers tomorrow, November 18th, 2011 between the hours of 11:30am – 1:00pm to distribute Thanksgiving gift cards to all senior citizens who are present:
Erma Cava Senior Center - 887 Southern Boulevard
Casa Boricua Senior Center- 910 East 172 Street
Pio Mendez Senior Center- 1291 Lafayette Avenue
Neighborhood SHOPP Lafayette Norc Program - 825 Morrison Avenue
Senator Diaz together with Access Medicare are sponsoring a total of 1,500 gift cards worth $10 each to distribute to Bronx senior citizens before Thanksgiving Day.
New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement:
“Through the press, I heard that a gay organization called Bronx Pride NY has rented office space in one of the buildings that I was instrumental in helping bring to my community to add to the growth of the Bronx.”
For 20 years, Bronx County experienced a phase of total abandonment, where fires, evictions, desolation, and the lack of housing made the county of the Bronx the mockery and a laughing stock for the whole nation.
New York State Senator Reverend Diaz (D-Bronx) will be making surprise visits to twenty-three senior citizen centers between November 14 – November 23 to distribute 1,500 Thanksgiving gift cards worth $10 each to senior citizen at the centers when he arrives. These gift cards have been sponsored by Senator Diaz and Access Medicare.
Por medio de la prensa me he enterado que una Organización de Homosexuales llamada “Bronx Pride NY” han rentado un espacio en uno de los edificios que yo he logrado contribuir para el Nuevo renacimiento del Condado del Bronx.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) has released the following statement to clear the record about what he actually said to New York Post reporter Candice Giove when she interviewed him last week about the Bronx Pride group that is moving into the Rev Ruben Diaz Gardens on November 14th:
“I was surprised to read today’s New York Post’s sensational story by Candice Giove because she completely disregarded what I specifically said to her about Bronx Pride moving in to the Rev Ruben Diaz Gardens building. Candice Giove instead used heresay in her article – by unnamed sources - that I was left ‘hot and bothered’ and that I am ‘furious’.
New York State Senator Reverend Diaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement today in response to reports of five active members and three retired members of the New York City Police Department who were arrested for smuggling illegal guns and counterfeit goods:
To: Members of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican/ Latino Caucus
From: Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz
Date: October 24, 2011
Re: Our Show of Unity
This memo is to congratulate my Senate colleagues who serve as Members of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus: Senator Adriano Espaillat, Chair; Senator Gustavo Rivera, Vice-Chair; and Caucus Members Senator José Peralta, Senator Martin-Malavé Dilan, and Senator José M. Serrano. I congratulate all of you for showing real unity on behalf of our Caucus and our community by not attending the so-called Legislative Hispanic Unity Conference that was organized by our Senate Majority (Republican) Leader Dean Skelos.
As everyone already knows, the Six New York State Hispanic Senators unanimously boycotted your Unidad Latina Legislative Conference that you organized in an attempt to garner the support of New York’s Hispanic Community.
I also hear that your so-called Unity Conference was not only boycotted by all Hispanic Senators, but by all of the elected Hispanic officials from New York State. Only some Republicans and Democrats who are not Hispanic attended.
Senator Reverend Diaz and Community Leader Sepulveda to Hold Meeting on Rising Crime in Parkchester
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz, Community Leader Luis Sepulveda, Deputy Inspector Charles Ortiz from the 43rd Precinct, NAACP Parkchester Branch President Beverly Roberts, and leaders from Parkchester’s Bangladeshi Community will meet Today, Friday, October 21, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Senator Diaz’s District office located at 900 Rogers Place (near East 163rd Street and Westchester Avenue in The Bronx) to address the ongoing crime issues facing the community.