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God Hates Ugly - What About COLA?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

District 32 Bronx County, New York

Tel 718-991-3161

 

God Hates Ugly - What About COLA?

 

The New York State 2014-2015 Budget is due on April 1st, and one more year will go by when the most dedicated, hard working people in the State will once again be ignored.

As you know, COLA means Cost of Living Adjustment, and as long as inflation, expenses and prices increase, living conditions get worse for those who don’t make enough money. They invented the COLA supposedly to help those hardworking men and women.

March 25, 2014
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It’s Time to Bring Senator Jeff Klein and the IDC Back!

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By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

It’s Time to Bring Senator Jeff Klein and the IDC Back!

You should know there is an old saying that you should be careful what you wish for because you might just get it. This means that sometimes we think we want something that will benefit our lives or help us to come out ahead, but when we get these things, they can turn out to be Achilles’ heels and make us feel sorry for ever wanting them.

March 18, 2014
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MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WILL GET TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE ABRAZO GARIFUNA IN NEW YORK

PRESS RELEASE

March 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WILL GET TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE ABRAZO GARIFUNA IN NEW YORK

Bronx, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with New York State Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, will celebrate the 4th “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.” This event will honor the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the State and City of New York .

The event, will take place at Maestros Caterers located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, this Friday, March 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

March 13, 2014
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Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to Hold Prayer Rally for Justice

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2014

 

Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to Hold Prayer Rally for Justice

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:00AM, New York State Senator Rev Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will join Civil Rights Attorney Sanford Rubenstein outside the Bronx Criminal Court Building located at 265 E 161st Street (between Morris and Sherman Avenues) for a Prayer Rally for Justice for the victim and family of an incompetent 64-year old woman who was sexually assaulted in a Bronx nursing home by an employee. The defendant, 42-year old Nanic Aidasani, LPN, who has been accused of raping the nursing home resident, has been summoned to appear in Court.

March 11, 2014
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There's No Place Like Home

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

There's No Place Like Home

March 10, 2014
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All for One and One for All! The Three Musketeers To The Rescue

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By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

All for One and One for All! The Three Musketeers To The Rescue

 

You should know that on March 4, 2014, Albany experienced one of its best moments.

March 7, 2014
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LET STUDENTS COME TO ALBANY!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

LET STUDENTS COME TO ALBANY!

You should know that Albany is the place where New Yorkers come to let our government know how strongly people feel about any number of issues. Groups come to Albany to lobby on behalf of senior citizens, the DREAM ACT, Earth Day, organized labor, tenants, the gay agenda, Catholic values, libraries, farmers, nurses, etc. (I cannot tell you how many times I have been approached by lobbyists who use the stories of Black and Hispanic children to push for their causes.)

March 3, 2014
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THE PUNISHMENT DOESN’T FIT THE CRIME

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

THE PUNISHMENT DOESN’T FIT THE CRIME

You should know that I am no fan of Governor Andrew Cuomo. For many years, he and I have publicly disagreed on a number of serious issues, including abortion, traditional marriage, funding for senior citizens and less fortunate New Yorkers, and the urgency of the DREAM Act.

You should also know that I have no doubt that if Kerry Kennedy were not the former wife of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and if she were not the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and the niece of President John F. Kennedy, she would not be the target of the great injustice she now faces in her very public trial.

February 28, 2014
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I Told You So

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

I Told You So

As you know, the latest hot potato in our political world here in Albany is the leap of faith just taken by Democratic Senator Tony Avella from Queens, New York to abandon the every-day weakening Democratic Conference and jump to the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) led by Senator Jeffrey Klein from the Bronx.

You should know that with this jump, I am pretty sure that Senator Avella will be getting some benefits and privileges, e.g., office, staff, and a committee chairmanship, most likely the Aging Committee, which is currently vacant.

February 26, 2014
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Friday Afternoon Memorial Planned for 6-year old Traffic Accident Victim Amar Diarrassouba

For Immediate Release

February 25, 2014

Friday Afternoon Memorial Planned for 6-year old Traffic Accident Victim Amar Diarrassouba

On February 28, 2014 at approximately 2:30pm, the students and staff of PS 155 will hold a brief remembrance in honor of 6-year old Amar Diarrassouba at the intersection of East 117th Street and First Avenue in East Harlem. Amar was killed there one year ago by a tractor trailer truck.

All are invited to attend to remember this bright, energetic young boy, as balloons are released in loving memory.

His parents, Sidiki and Meichata Diarrassouba dearly hope that the legislation introduced last year in the New York State Senate requiring guards on truck wheels, will be finally be approved.

 

February 25, 2014
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OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO FROM STATE SEN. RUBEN DIAZ

OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO FROM STATE SEN. RUBEN DIAZ

 

February 24, 2014

 

Mayor Bill De Blasio

City Hall

New York, New York 10007

 

Dear Mayor De Blasio:

February 24, 2014
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AFTER THE DEGREE, THEN WHAT MR. GOVERNOR?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

AFTER THE DEGREE, THEN WHAT MR. GOVERNOR?

You should know that the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus recently held its 43rd Annual Conference during the weekend of February 14th through the 16th at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. This event, known as “Caucus Weekend,” draws thousands of people from all over New York State. From Niagara Falls to the eastern tip of Long Island, from Staten Island to the Canadian Border, everyone who is anyone wants to “see and be seen” during Caucus Weekend.

February 21, 2014
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Senator Rubén Díaz and Sanford Rubenstein to hold Press Conference Today at 4pm with Family of Nursing Home Rape Victim

February 19, 2014

For Immediate Release

Senator Rubén Díaz and Sanford Rubenstein to hold Press Conference Today at 4pm with Family of Nursing Home Rape Victim

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) and Civil Rights Attorney Sanford Rubenstein will hold a press conference today at 4pm at Senator Diaz's District Office located at 900 Rogers Place in the Bronx. They will be joined by family members of the 64-year old woman who was assaulted and raped in a Bronx nursing home.

February 19, 2014
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THIRD ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ABRAZO BANQUET IN NEW YORK

PRESS RELEASE

February 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

THIRD ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ABRAZO BANQUET IN NEW YORK

Bronx Elected officials will come together to honor distinguished members of the African-American community during a Banquet in celebration of Black Heritage Month

Bronx, NY- Close to 500 people will join Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz to celebrate the Third Annual “African American Abrazo Banquet in New York State.” This event is in honor of Black History Month and the contributions of African-Americans to our community.

February 19, 2014
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Statement by Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz

For Immediate Release

Statement by Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz

“As the Ranking Member of the New York State Senate Committee on the Aging, it saddens me to learn that another senior citizen has been abused - this time, assaulted and raped - in a nursing home where the elderly are supposed to be protected.  On this occasion, the abused person happens to be a member of my faith community.  Since the family has reached out to me for guidance, I have prayed with them and for them.  This morning, I will be bringing them to meet with one of New York’s best civil rights attorneys to seek legal justice.”

 

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February 19, 2014
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MY FRIENDS ARE MY FRIENDS WITH THEIR VIRTUES AND THEIR DEFECTS

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

District 32 Bronx County, New York

Tel 718-991-3161

MY FRIENDS ARE MY FRIENDS WITH THEIR VIRTUES AND THEIR DEFECTS

 

You should know that back in the old days, when I was growing up in a sector called La Cuchilla in a neighborhood called Hato Tejas in Bayamón Puerto Rico, when my mother Doña Anselma Martinez use to criticize my father Don Isaac Diaz Amezquita because of the kind of friends he had, my father responded to her by saying “My friends are my friends with their virtues and their faults”

That seems to be the same philosophy being used by NYC’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio regarding his friend the Bishop Orlando Findlayter.

February 17, 2014
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SOMETHING DOESN'T SMELL RIGHT WITH THIS DEAL

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

District 32 Bronx County, New York

Tel 718-991-3161

SOMETHING DOESN'T SMELL RIGHT WITH THIS DEAL

You should know that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called a press conference on Thursday, February 13, 2014 to release his findings after a 9-month investigation about the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Among the few Puerto Rican elected officials and dignitaries who stood with him were: Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and New York State Senators José Marcos Serrano and Gustavo Rivera.

February 14, 2014
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