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.
This memo is in response to Senator Dean Skelos’ invitation to attend the Unidad Latina Legislative Conference this Friday, October 21st at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday October 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Manhattan, that he will hold with the Hispanic Federation. I urge you NOT to attend this event and instead urge our communities and our leaders to boycott this conference.
Un Juez de la Corte Federal acuso al Alcalde Michael Bloomberg y su administración de discriminar contra los negros é hispanos.
El Juez de la Corte Federal de Brooklyn Nicholas Garaufis, dictamino que el Alcalde Michael Bloomberg y su Comisionado del Departamento de Bomberos de la Ciudad de New York han ignorado lo que el Juez describe como una permisiva discriminación contra todos los que no sean blancos al ser empleados en el Departamento de Bomberos de la Ciudad.
Por esta razón el Juez Nicholas Garaufis, ordenó la instalación de un arbitro imparcial que supervice todo aspecto de contratos, empleos y promociones que se hagan en el Departamento de Bomberos.
Senator Ruben Diaz had a immigration rally this past Sunday. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of New York Catholic Charities represented Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and me. We wrote the following letter in support of Senator Diaz’s rally:
October 2, 2011
Although we are not able to be present with you this afternoon because of parish Masses, we express our solidarity with you who have come together in the Bronx to stand with our immigrant sisters and brothers.
Apenas un da después de La Gran Marcha Por La Dignidad Del Inmigrante: La ciudad de New York toma acción para detener las deportaciones de indocumentados.
Como usted, amado hermano sabe, La Organización de Ministros Hispanos de New York y Radio Visión Cristiana Internacional coordinarón la primera marcha en el Condado del Bronx denominada, “Marcha Por La Dignidad Del Inmigrante”
Este pasado Domingo 2, de Octubre, Ministros, Líderes comunales y politicos salimos a la calle pidiendo el cesé de las deportaciones a nuestros hermanos indocumentados.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) greatly appreciates the Catholic Church’s support for his upcoming March for the Dignity of the Immigrants Rally scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 2, 2011 in The Bronx. The March will begin on Westchester Avenue and Third Avenue and proceed to the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse on East 161st Street and the Grand Concourse.
Senator Reverend Diaz stated: “I deeply appreciate the support of the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn for our upcoming March for the Dignity of the Immigrants. I am overjoyed to know that at Sunday’s March we will be standing side by side Catholic clergy and Catholic leaders to promote the dignity of our immigrant families.”