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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Has Two Questions for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Elected Officials that are meeting with him
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Has Two Questions for those elected officials who will be meeting today with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to ask the Attorney General about the National Puerto Rican Day Parade:
(1) Since Mr. Carlos Velasquez has served not only as the Marketing Agent for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, but for many other parades in New York City too, what is going to happen to those other parades? Will there also be investigations to see if Carlos Velasquez mismanaged their money too?
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWBy Senator Rev. Rubén DíazDistrict 32 Bronx County, New YorkTel 718-991-3161Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Is Set to destroy The National Puerto Rican Day ParadeYou should know that since 1958, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade has been the greatest source of Puerto Rican unity in New York City. In good and bad times, this Parade has been the Number One symbol of Puerto Rican pride. The Parade draws more than one million people annually to celebrate Puerto Rico’s rich heritage and culture. All Puerto Ricans – even people like me who don’t march in Sunday parades – appreciate the magnitude of the day.