What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161A Tragic Death in Our Senate FamilyYou should know that on Friday, August 15, 2014, while we were all busy in my District Office taking care of the public, a phone call came for my Chief-of-Staff, Helen Jacome to let her know about the tragic death of her 25-year old son, Brian. Brian Jacome was killed at work doing regular elevator maintenance in a 15-story building in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that housed 150 apartments for elderly and disabled individuals.
You should know that in today's Daily News, there is an article written by Denis Slattery titled "Stats all, folks! Rikers crime numbers separated from South Bronx precinct." Mr. Slattery wrote: "Hunts Point and Longwood residents will no longer have to worry about crime statistics from Rikers Island being lumped in with the 41st Precinct thanks to move made by NYPD." This is a victory for the Diaz-Crespo team!
PRESS RELEASEAUGUST 15, 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESENATOR REV. RUBEN DIAZMorrison Avenue Festival Dedicated To Jose “Cheo” FelicianoMore than five thousand (5,000) people are expected to attend the Annual Morrison Avenue Festival this Saturday, August 16th, from 12pm to 6pm, on Morrison Avenue (between Westchester & Watson Avenues) in The Bronx, New York. This year the Morrison Avenue Festival will be dedicated in memory to the musical legend, the late Jose “Cheo” Feliciano who passed away on April 17th of this year.
What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161Why Didn't We Come Together, where was Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins?You should know that this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been quoted again and again in the media about his visit to Israel with Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver saying: “The fact that we came at this time, the fact that we came together. They understood this was not the usual state delegation. That was not lost on them and I think they were very appreciative."
PRESS RELEASEAUGUST 12, 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEState Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and State Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez to visit Children at the Sports Foundation, Inc.State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, along with State Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuses Services (OASAS), will be visiting the children who attend the Sports Foundation, Inc. located at 871B Westchester Avenue, Bronx, New York between Prospect Avenue and East 162nd Street on this Wednesday, August 13th, at 11:00AM.
What You Should Know By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz 32nd Senatorial District 718-991-3161 The Don Quixote of AlbanyYou should know that Don Quixote de La Mancha is a book that was written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra back in 1605. For those who may not be familiar with the novel, here is a translation of an online summary:
For Immediate ReleaseAugust 7, 2014By Senator Ruben DiazSenator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Friday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal CourtSenator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil on Friday, August 8, 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.
Senator Rev Ruben Diaz and Fellow Ministers to Welcome Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate to the Bronx
On Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9AM Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will welcome Lieutenant Governor Candidate Christopher Moss to the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue, between Jennings and Freeman Streets, in the Bronx.
You should know that in the American criminal justice system, there is something called the presumption of innocence. The presumption of innocence protects innocent people and allows anyone who is accused of a crime to maintain his or her innocence until a court of law finds them guilty. This is true for people who are accused of a crime, who are arrested for allegedly committing a crime, or who are indicted.
Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz Introduces Bill Giving the Right to Sue When Videotaping is Prevented
New York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) has introduced Senate Bill S.7932 to strengthen New York State's civil rights law permitting civilians to videotape uniformed personnel in the course of carrying out their duties. This new legislation will provide recovery for a person who is prevented from videotaping by uniformed personnel in the amount of $25,000.
You should know that in politics, there is something known as quid pro quo. In some form or another, this strategy is used by elected officials to negotiate business, positions, agendas, and personal interests - in exchange for political favors.
You should know that this practice of political negotiations is seen by the law as a criminal, corrupt and illegal. Therefore, anyone who is caught committing this act is taking the risk of ending up wearing a striped uniform, and living in a 6 foot by 8 foot cell in prison.
Immigration Should Not Be the Only Issue on Our Agenda
You should know that Paul the Apostle in his letter delivered to the Galatian believers instructed them to: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men especially unto them who are of our household." Galatians 6:10
“ABRAZO DOMINICANO IN NEW YORK” TO HONOR THE BRONX DOMINICAN DAY PARADE AND ITS HONOREES
Senator Rubén Díaz announces a pre-parade banquet in honor of the Bronx Dominican Day Parade and its honorees. The annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014 on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The Grand Marshall will be the Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President.
New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Introduces Anti-Chokehold Legislation
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is introducing a Senate Bill to make the use of chokehold illegal in New York State. This bill "establishes the crime of strangulation in the first degree, disregard of banned employment procedures."
Senator Rev. Diaz stated: "Every time I see the video of Eric Garner, or think about Anthony Baez, it breaks my heart. As a State Senator and as a Minister I am obligated to do whatever I can to prevent another person from being a victim of chokehold. I pray that this amendment to the New York State Penal Law will in fact, protect people from this vicious crime."
You should know that there are many times in politics when we are faced with especially delicate and sophisticated issues. There are times when our decisions may not hold up to everyone’s satisfaction.
You should know that when a person is elected to serve and represent the needs of others, the duties of that elected person often include appointing people to serve alongside them. In political reality, there are certain qualities of potential appointees, aside from professional qualifications, that we must consider: race, creed, color, and sex – to name a few.
You should know that on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Staten Island resident and father of six, Eric Garner died as a victim of choke hold by New York City Police officers. Eric Garner was unarmed, except for the loose cigarettes he was accused of selling.
You should already know that on December 22, 1989, Bronx resident Anthony Baez was killed when New York City Police officers used a chokehold on him. Anthony Baez was also unarmed, except for the football he was tossing with his brothers.