You should know that in November, 2012, Gabriela Rosa became the first Dominican-born woman in the history of the New York State Assembly. She represented Upper Manhattan. For all of the time that I have known Gabriela, I have seen her functioning in a most professional manner. To me, she has been one of the more serious elected officials I have met - even to the point that I was looking forward to her becoming the standard bearer of New York State's Dominican community.
Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Monday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal Court
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil on Monday, June 30, 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.
You should know that until today, I have been unaware of anyone else in the entire world – except for me – who has held an Abrazo-titled event. “Abrazo” is the Spanish word for “hug” or “embrace.” Although I never trademarked the term “Abrazo Boricua in New York,” it is my creation. So, you might imagine my surprise to see a flier announcing that the Hispanic Federation is going to host an “Abrazo Hispano” event right here in New York City on July 1st. As soon as I saw this, I thought to myself: what a bunch of copycats!
You should know that a lot has happened since the morning of Thursday, June 19, 2014, when I sent out a press release titled: "Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, NY Hispanic Clergy Organization, and Members of the Community Are Disgusted by Recent Firings at El Diario la Prensa." For example, on Thursday afternoon, I was happy to see that the NY Guild at El Diaro posted the following tweet:
Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Responds to Grieving Parents Plea for 3PM Press Conference
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is responding to a plea by the parents of the two young teens who drowned in the Bronx River last week to join them at a press conference to be held at the site of the drowning in Starlight Park on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM, the same time that the fatal accident occurred. The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization's Rev. Joel Bauza will also be joining the parents.
Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, NY Hispanic Clergy Organization, and Members of the Community Are Disgusted by Recent Firings at El Diario la Prensa
In response to the recent firing of twenty journalists at El Diario la Prensa, New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) will be meeting with his fellow clergy members from the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to discuss a possible June 26th demonstration in front of the executive offices of ImpreMedia, El Diario la Prensa's parent company.
Senator Rubén Díaz has released the following statement:
You should know that during these last days of the New York State 2014 Senate Session, some very interesting things are happening.
By this time of the year, when the session is about to end, it is traditional to see all the deal makers and shakers going from one place to another trying to get their projects and pieces of legislation passed before everyone goes back home for the rest of the year.
Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz Welcomes All to the Annual Christian Children's Parade
New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) welcomes all New Yorkers to the Christian Children’s Parade on Saturday, June 14, 2014, beginning at 12:00 noon. More than 300 churches and community organizations will be marching on 3rd Avenue from East 97th Street to East 116th Street in New York City. The Grand Marshall for the 2014 Christian Children's Parade is Jorge Ramos, WNJU/Channel 47 Anchor.
You should know that even though the New York State Senate's 2014 Session will end on June 19th, on that day I will be bringing close to 5,000 people to Washington to attend the Second Annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., organized by my friend and tireless supporter of traditional marriage, Brian Brown, President of the National Organization of Marriage.
You should know that with the legislative session concluding this month, Governor Cuomo and legislators can still accomplish much before we go home and campaign.
Among the positive things we can do in our remaining time in Albany is to pass into law the Education Investment Tax Credit bill to help thousands more families obtain private scholarships to attend pre-k through 12 schools, including private and parochial schools.
You should know that in the June 4, 2014 edition of the New York Post, there is an article written by James Covert titled "City Council members rip Walmart’s charity of ‘dangerous dollars.'" The article states: "More than half the members of the City Council have fired off a letter to Walmart demanding that it stop making millions in charitable contributions to local groups here."
Senator Rubén Díaz Announces the Celebration of the Abrazo Boricua Banquet in New York
The Abrazo Boricua Banquet in New York will take place this coming Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 7 PM to 12 AM at the Eastwood Manor Restaurant located at 3371 Eastchester Road on the corner of Boston Road in Bronx, New York.
The Banquet will be dedicated to the Honorable Santos Seda “Papichy” the Mayor of Guanica, Puerto Rico; Ms. Aida Rosario Director of Communication Univision 41; and Mr. Hector Ramos Reporter and Senior Citizens’ Advocate.
You should know that with the endorsement of the Working Families Party to the re-election efforts of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, the hopes and aspirations of our Democratic State Senate Conference of becoming the majority and ultimately take control of the Senate have gone all the way up to the sky.
You should also know that back in my college days at Lehman College in the Bronx, I used to have a philosophy teacher that used to tell us “Oh my dear children, that blue sky that is not blue and it is not a sky.”
Senator Rubén Díaz’s Bill to Protect South Bronx Homeowners Passes the New York State Senate
Albany, NY – Today, legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz (Bronx County), passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 56-3.
The bill, S.6364, would prohibit crime that is committed in correctional facilities from being included in the crime statistics for the local police precincts and local police departments. It would also prohibit insurers from increasing their car and property insurance rates as a result of crimes committed in prisons.