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How The Newly Passed Justice Reform Bill Will Implicate Bail Procedures

On Sunday, March 31st, the Justice Reform Bill passed that was being aggressively pursued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is a fantastic remedy to issues that have been plaguing the criminal justice system in the State of New York for some time. The reform bill will not be put into effect for next year; however, it will have several positive impacts on criminal procedure accuracy within the State of New York.

 

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Here The New York City Council Goes Again

You should know that instead of passing laws to protect our senior citizens and decent, law-abiding citizens, the New York City Council is planning to pass a law to stop the city from testing people who are on probation for marijuana use....
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Open Letter To Mayor Bill De Blasio From Aguila, Inc.

You should know that I received a copy of a letter that an organization called Aguila sent to Mayor de Blaiso....
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I Told You So

You should know that last month, 21-year-old Samantha Johnson was tragically murdered when she entered a vehicle she assumed to be her Uber. This was a horrible tragedy that occurred in South Carolina and one we cannot afford to happen again....
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BP Diaz Calls For Criminal Justice Reforms

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. sent a letter to Albany leadership urging them to pass necessary criminal justice reforms in this legislative session....
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Considering A Run For Congress

You should know that earlier this week, U.S. Congressman Jose Serrano announced that due to medical reasons he will not seek reelection....
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Political Correctness Is Eroding Our Constitutional Rights

You should know that this Great Country of ours is a magnet for all the peoples of the world for several reasons, one being that it is “The Home of the Free.” A bastion of liberty, and opportunity. That is what makes this country great. But lately our freedoms are eroding and disappearing little by little....
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Watch BP Ruben Diaz JR’s “State Of The Borough” 2019

The borough’s achievements and goals took center stage as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivered the 2019 "State of the Borough" address from H.E.R.O. High School/The Samuel Gompers Campus. Bronx residents and others can experience it all with rebroadcasts of the entire speech, on BronxNet....
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Attorney General James Announces Election Day Hotline To Protect Voter Access During Tuesday’s Special Election

Attorney General Letitia James announced that the Attorney General’s Office will conduct an Election Day Hotline during Tuesday’s Special Election for New York City Public Advocate. The hotline will be available to troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters at their poll sites....
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BP Diaz Launches “Camp Junior” At His Annual ”State Of The Borough” Address

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the founding of “Camp Junior” at Harriman State Park during his annual “State of the Borough” address, his tenth since taking office in 2009....
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State Of The Borough Address 2019

The public is invited to attend the State Of The Borough Address 2019, presented by BP Ruben Diaz Jr....
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Silent No More

For decades I have often heard how intolerant we people of faith are. This sentiment has been hurled at us especially by the gay community....
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BP Diaz Jr. Talks Amazon

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was a guest on “The Joe Piscopo Show” on Tuesday, February 5, 2019....
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My Future Political Options

You should know that rumor has it, because of my conservative philosophy, there are groups and organizations (including some of my closest political colleagues) getting together behind closed doors to prepare candidates to run against me in 2021....
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The New Inquisition On Councilman Rev. Rubén Díaz

Even though we were born - more or less - at the same time, Rubén Díaz father and I have notable differences. But we also have many coincidences. However, in spite of thisfact, we do not share common spaces on social media....
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Cuomo Wants NY State To Legalize Abortions Up To The 9th Month

You should know that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s dangerous and radical abortion bill will give New York State the most extreme pro-abortion policy in the nation....
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Trump Needs A Deal With China

President Xi does not need to get elected....
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My Wishes For The New Year

You should know that making wishes, dreams, and plans to say goodbye to this year 2018, is an old tradition that we all do in preparation for the new year. We do this, hoping that the new year will be more prosperous than the one we are saying goodbye to....
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Enactment Of Fire Safety Laws & Distribution Of Stove Knob Safety Covers

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (tomorrow), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Council Member Ritchie Torres of Bronx will visit the scene of New York City’s deadliest fire in 25 years to announce the details of the implementation of new fire safety laws designed to prevent future tragedies, and where residents can get free stove knob safety covers to prevent children from playing with stoves....
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BP Diaz Opposes Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Proposal

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter in opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposed “public charge” inadmissibility rule changes....
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Never again, never again, never again

You should know that everywhere that I go and preach, regarding the people of Israel I often address them as the “chosen ones”....
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Safety In New York’s Second Hand Marketplace Is Coming To Fruition

Bill No. 567 in the City Council has gained the public spotlight as two college graduates help city councilmembers fight for safe places to exchange goods in for New York’s meetup culture....
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Bronx NAN Chapter Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to come out and join us for the National Action Network Bronx chapter monthly town hall meeting....
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Statement From Congressional Candidate For NY CD-10 Naomi Levin

Naomi speaks on Political Polarization in Washington and Social Media Discrimination on Larry King....
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"Democratic Socialist" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A "Hypocrite" Wearing A $3,500 Outfit To Pose For A Magazine Shoot?

Fashion and politics often go hand in hand, but "democratic socialist" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been dubbed a hypocrite by conservative critics after wearing a designer suit for a photo shoot with construction workers....
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Is It Congressman Joe Crowley’s Loss?

You should know that on Tuesday, June 26th, when Congressman Joe Crowley lost the Democratic Primary, the biggest losers were the State and the City of New York....
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BP Diaz Invites You To The Charter Revision Commission 2019 Forum

On September 12, 2018, the Charter Revision Commission 2019 will a public hearing, at Lehman College, 6:00 p.m., to listen to your thoughts on what works and what does not work in our New York City government....
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BP Diaz & Tenants To NYCHA: Where’s The Money?

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined more than 100 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenant leaders and residents of all ages for a rally today at the Bronx River Houses to bring attention to the agency’s failure to spend money that has been given to it to improve tenants’ lives. The borough president also called on the agency to open its books to the public for review....
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Borough President Diaz Hosts Pakistani Independence Day Celebration

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. met with the Bronx Community Council, a Pakistani advocacy organization, and the acting Consul General of Pakistan, Naeem Cheema, to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day....
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Scott Stringer Goes Against The Only 2 Dominican State Senate Members

You should know that tomorrow, Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00 noon I am supposed to appear in front of the New York City Council Ethics Committee....
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Reasons Why I Have Been Writing "What You Should Know" For Many Years

You should know that The New York City Ethics Committee has opened up an investigation into the writing of my weekly column, which I titled "What You Should Know" (WYSK)....
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The Christians Should Be Upset With Cuomo, Not The LGBTQ Community

You should know that Governor Cuomo is facing a democratic primary from a member of the LGBTQ community by the name of Cynthia Nixon, an actress and a well-known community activist....
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BP Diaz Hosts Prayer Vigil & Rally For Immigrant Children

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., along with elected officials and religious leaders from around New York City, gathered on the steps of the Bronx County Building for a prayer vigil and rally demanding that immigrant children taken at the southern border being housed in Bronx and elsewhere are immediately returned to their parents....
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Low-Income Transit Riders & Advocates Celebrate Agreement To Fund Half-Priced Transit Fares For The Poor

New Yorkers living in poverty and representatives from the broad coalition of legal, labor, human services, economic justice, transit and worker rights organizations supporting half-priced transit fares for the poor gathered at the Fulton Street Station in Manhattan today....
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BP Diaz To Mayor: “‘Right To Counsel’ Must Come Faster”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging the administration to speed up the full implementation of Intro 214-B, a.k.a. “Right to Counsel,” which secured legal representation for low-income tenants in New York City’s housing courts among other benefits....
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Bronx BP Diaz & Council Members Torres & Deutsch Pass Fire Safety Legislative Package

Today, the full City Council passed three bills concerning fire safety, prevention and education introduced by Council Members Ritchie Torres and Chaim Deutsch at the request of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. The three bills passed the Council unanimously by a vote of 49-0....
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Former Dominican President The Hon. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna To Visit Bronx County

You should know that this Thursday, April 26 at 8:30 a.m. the former President of the Dominican Republic, the Hon. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna, will be visiting Bronx County....
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Borough President Diaz Hosts Gun Violence Town Hall

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Bronx Borough President hosted the “Enough is Enough!”/“¡Ni Una Muerte Más!” Town Hall event, inviting students from across to borough to listen to their concerns regarding gun violence....
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Borough President Diaz Co-Hosted "Homeless Awareness Roundtable"

On Monday, April 16, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services, co-hosted a “Homeless Awareness Roundtable” with community board leadership and clergy members from across the borough....
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50th Anniversary Of The Death Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and passing....
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Trump’s Favorite Advisors — Be Afraid

"What really makes China so scary today is the fact that it has so many people, and it’s also becoming an incredibly wealthy country so that our great fear is that China will turn into a giant Hong Kong. And if China has a per capita GNP that’s anywhere near Hong Kong’s GNP, it will be one formidable military power. So a much more attractive strategy would be to do whatever we can to slow down China’s economic growth — because if it doesn’t grow economically, it can’t turn that wealth into military might and become a potential hegemon in Asia."...
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National Security – An Abused Term

"That hereafter no State court or court of the United States shall admit Chinese to citizenship; and all laws in conflict with this act are ...
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Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. & The State Of The Bronx On Bronxnet

Bronxites and others will hear details about the borough’s growth, challenges and plans when they tune in to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivering the ‘State of the Borough’ address on BronxNet....
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BP Diaz Delivers Ninth “State Of The Borough” Address

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivered his ninth annual “State of the Borough” address to a crowded auditorium at the Bronx High School of Science....
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Marricka Scott-McFadden Named Deputy Bronx BP

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today announced that Marricka Scott-McFadden would serve as the new Deputy Bronx Borough President, beginning in January 2018....
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Right To Know Police Reform Legislation

Statement from Borough President Diaz Re: Right To Know Police Reform Legislation:...
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BP Diaz Unveils His Office's New Website

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today unveiled his office’s newly revamped website....
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Christopher Columbus: Score One For Italian Americans

Democratic Borough President of Bronx Ruben Diaz, Jr. recently explained in the New York Post, why he is proudly marching in the Columbus Day Parade....
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Dr. Scott Noren On The “Money To Entities” Announcements By Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) NY

Senator Gillibrand, along and other Congressional incumbents, travel to New York municipalities during reelection cycles announcing federal grants to local municipal entities like fire and police departments....
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Officials Suspect Russia Used U.N. Facilities to Impact 2016 Election

Richard Zablauskas’s cat was stuck in a tree—a tree that belonged to his neighbors, who he believed were Russian spies....
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The Top Secret Primary For Bronx Borough President

This time last year many political prognosticators thought it likely that Ruben Diaz Jr. would be on the 2017 Democratic primary ballot along with Mayor de Blasio. And that’s exactly where he will be on Tuesday—except instead of making noise as a challenger to the sitting mayor making a bid to be the first Latino in City Hall, Diaz will be seeking re-election to his current post....
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Bronx Pols Seek To Boot Sexual Predators From Family Shelters

A group of Bronx lawmakers want sex offenders out of city shelters. ...
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In Bronx, Young Progressives Challenge Establishment Dem

One City Council race in Bronx pits a group of young progressives challenging a conservative Democratic senator from the old guard of Bronx politics....
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The New York In China Center Leads The US "New Majority Alliance" Delegation To China

With the support of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, the New York in China Center has been invited by the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce to lead the US "New Majority Alliance" delegation in visits to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai from September 8th to 17th....
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Bronx Assemblymember Mark Gjonaj Is Trying To Spend His Way Onto The City Council

City Council candidates typically promote themselves by knocking on doors, speaking at candidate forums, and sending campaign mail — repeatedly — to the addresses of people they think will definitely vote. What they cannot ever afford to do is run a television commercial in a market as prohibitively expensive as New York City....
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Bronx Council Candidate Corners Beauty Salon Vote

Juana Blanco, owner of the Continental Beauty Salon in Fordham Heights, is not interested in politics. She lets pretty much anyone post signs on the salon window, including the campaign poster for councilman hopeful Randy Abreu....
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Statement From BP Ruben Diaz Jr.

RE: Trump Administration's Repeal of DACA....
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Attorney General Schneiderman & Gov. Cuomo: NY State Will Sue If President Trump Ends DACA Policy

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today released the following statements regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy:...
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A Million-Dollar Council Race, In Bronx

Chances are, when you think of Bronx, you do not picture many of the neighborhoods that comprise Council District 13, where one of the more interesting races in the northern borough will take place on Primary Day, September 12, 2017....
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Bronx Family Worries Over Impending Trump DACA Decision

La Morada — an authentic Mexican restaurant in Bronx — has been a part of this community in Bronx since 2009....
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City Council Picks: Bronx

Bronx voters deciding the next occupant of two City Council seats soon to be vacated via term limits can be forgiven a sense of deja vu....
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Stop Dumping Homeless Shelters In Bronx, Assemblyman Demands In Lawsuit

The city must stop dumping homeless shelters, transitional homes and mental health treatment center in the borough, which already carries more than its share of the support services burden under city rules, a local assemblyman demanded in a lawsuit filed this week. ...
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Senator Klein And The IDC Have Seen The Light

You should know that on February 10, 2015 the Albany Times Union's Capitol Confidential reporter Matthew Hamilton published an article titled "IDC proposes banning outside incomes for legislators."...
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This Bronx Democratic Boss Still Commands Respect (And Cash)

In New York City, the backroom kingmaker is a dying breed. County leaders and their party organizations are losing clout. Pharaonic bureaucrats like Robert Moses are no more. ...
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Bronx Pol Blasts New Travel Ban

Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda blasted President Trump on for his new executive order focusing on banning immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries....
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Bronx Stands United Against Hate

Residents, political and religious leaders came out to denounce the recent wave of hate attacks against both the Jewish and Muslim communities across the nation....
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Diaz Attacks City & Trump

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on Thursday stressed the importance of cooperation and civility on issues ranging from development to education in his annual State of the Borough speech, but he made no mention of his rumored interest in running for mayor. ...
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Gov. Cuomo Promises To Fight Rollback Of Affordable Care Act At Bronx Health Care Rally

Gov. Cuomo joined with hospital workers, labor leaders and elected officials in the Bronx Wednesday to rally for affordable health care for New Yorkers....
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Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda’s Great Idea

You should know that Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda, Senator Marisol Alcantara and I have joined together and submitted a piece of joint-legislation to help resolve some of the environmental problems caused by plastic bags....
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Bronx Congressman Pushes For New Sanctions Against Russia Amid Flynn Scandal

Bronx Congressman Eliot Engel capitalized upon the resignation of President Donald Trump‘s Russian-tainted National Security Advisor to push legislation that would hit Moscow and its agents with even tougher financial sanctions....
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BP Diaz Regarding On “Right To Counsel” Program Announcement

The following is a statement from Bronx Borough President Diaz regarding the “Right to Counsel” program announcement:...
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Universal Access To Free Legal Services For Tenants Facing Eviction In Housing Court

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced that, for the first time, the City will fund universal access to legal services for tenants facing eviction in New York City Housing Court. A $93 million allocation doubles the Administration’s existing funding for tenant legal services. Legal services have proven effective at reducing unlawful evictions and preventing displacement. Since beginning an unprecedented expansion of tenant legal aid two years ago, evictions have dropped by 24 percent....
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George Soros' Nazi War Crimes Confessions

George Soros self disclosures reveal apparent Nazi war crimes where he discloses seizing huge treasure from Jewish holocaust murder victims as they were rounded up and sent to the death camps....
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Democratic Party Dissolves Itself Into Irrelevant Mootness Through Obstructionist Tantrums

Given the modus operandi of the Democratic party not only of the last 8 years but since its inception, as exposed by Dinesh DeSouza in “Hillary’s America”, all Americans should take personal inventory to ask themselves whether or not the Democratic Party may have crossed the Rubicon in their latest treasonous shill to obstruct everything now President Donald J. Trump does....
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Mayor Bill De Blasio On Federal Appeals Court’s Ruling Refugee & Travel Ban

Statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio on Federal Appeals Court’s ruling to uphold suspension of White House refugee and travel ban....
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Will Trump Allow The Us To Continue As The World’s Innovation Economy?

Xenophobia definition: intense or irrational fear of people from other countries....
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Bronx Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Youth Football Tackling For 13-And-Under

Growing evidence of a link between football hits and brain injuries has led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions, but a New York lawmaker wants to go even further - banning tackle football....
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Statement Of NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer On Refugees Being Detained At JFK Airport

"Our character, as a city and as a nation, rests on how we treat those who need our help. Turning away or detaining refugees is ...
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Bronx Borough President Backs Michael Blake For DNC Vice Chair

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.—one of the leading figures in the Bronx Democratic Party—announced that he’s backing Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake for Democratic National Committee vice chair, marking the second-term Albany pol’s first endorsement from a politician linked to the County machine, which has so far been cool to him....
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Venezuela Behind The Headlines: The Other Side Of The Story

Daily news reports continue to paint a dire picture of hunger and misery in Venezuela, while, just before leaving office, Obama renewed an executive order declaring Venezuela a threat to US national security, with accompanying economic sanctions. What is the political context behind these developments and what are the on-the-ground realities in Venezuela today?...
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Bronx Elected Officials Join Mayor's Call To Defy President Trump's Order On Immigration

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not the only city official vowing to defy President Donald Trump's orders on immigration....
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Open Letter To Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

You should know that one more time, our senior citizens are been used as pawns in the political games being played by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio....
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Kirsten Gillibrand Backs Bronx Assemblyman’s Bid For DNC Vice Chair

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a tight ally of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, today backed Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake’s campaign for Democratic National Committee vice chair—his highest-power endorsement to date....
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Donald Trump's Inaugural Address

The entire inaugural address:...
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BP Diaz At A Bronx Muslim Forum

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. addressed The Muslim & Immigrant Coalition for Justice....
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Co-op City Rally

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. attended the Riverbay Corporation’s Co-op City Women's March on Washington rally...
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"I Have A Dream", Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights....
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Schumer Announces Opposition To Senator Sessions For Attorney General

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the below statement in opposition of confirming Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General:...
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A Condo Owners’ Bill Of Rights Is On The Table

State legislators propose law to bring greater transparency to condo boards....
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Gov. Cuomo pledges $10M toward Orchard Beach Pavilion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to put $10 million into renovating the shuttered Orchard Beach Pavilion, but that may not be enough to get work going....
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Statement Of NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer On NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

Statement Of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer:...
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Steps To Apply For Affordable Housing & Putting Together A Strong Application

Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of the following study:...
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Kudos To Our Leader Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins

You should know that after many years of ignoring my proposals to protect New York State’s senior citizens, Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally seen the light....
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Trump's Poisoned Chalice

Investors are drooling with anticipation that the coming Trump regime through lowering taxes, removing regulatory barriers and stimulating economic growth will continue to boost the stock market. As a bonus, there is the prospect of repatriation to their corporate owners of trillions of corporate dollars that are “trapped” abroad by American taxes. According to one recent forecast, US corporations hold some $2.5 trillion abroad....
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Mayor de Blasio On The Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law

Statement from Mayor de Blasio on progress under NYC’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law:...
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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. On "Transit For All" MetroCard Campaign

Testimony Of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. On "Transit For All" MetroCard Campaign:...
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Statement By Senator Ruben Diaz On The Resignation Of Gladys Carrión, Esq.

Statement by Senator Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) on the Resignation of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión, Esq.:...
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The 2016 Presidential Elections Impression In The History Books

Around the country American citizens have been crowding around their TVs. The presidential debates, Saturday Night Live, and the news have all been watched more soberly. It feels as though the fabric of our ground is breaking....
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The Departure Of Maya Wiley From de Blasio's Administration

Statement from Bertha Lewis (The Black Institute):...
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Obama - Islam's Bitch

A series of horrific car bombings in Baghdad on 10.08.2013 had reportedly left more than 80 dead and many more injured. The attacks appeared to target festivities marking the end of Ramadan in Shi’ite neighborhoods, which prompted comment from State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who said in an official statement:...
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Traitors

Figures... ungrateful people....
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Phil Robertson vs. Ahmadinejad

Evidently Muslims are the only politically protected group that trumps homosexuals....
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PA James Calls On TD Bank To Terminate Financial Backing Of Smith & Wesson

Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14 and wounded 21 people, Public Advocate Letitia James took immediate action against TD Bank, N.A. and TD Securities USA, financiers of Smith & Wesson, which manufactured the firearms used in the massacre....
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PA James Commemorates Anniversary Of Garner Grand Jury Decision

"One year ago today, our collective conscience was shocked when a Staten Island grand jury did not indict the individual responsible for Eric Garner’s death. ...
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50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act

Statement from NYC Public Advocate Letitia James:...
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What About The Three Men In A Room?

You should know that we human beings have mastered the ability to create our own psychological defense mechanisms to point out other people's problems in order to cover up our own....
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Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act

You should know that effective February 2, 2015, the Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act has become law in New York State....
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Since 2009, I Have Been Trying To Prevent It

You should know that in order to prevent corruption and the temptation of elected officials from earning money from outside of their legislative salaries, back in 2009, which was six years ago, I introduced a piece of legislation, S.3149, which prohibits a member of the legislature from engaging in any outside paid activity during his or her term of office....
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The 3 New Amigos – What Is The Difference?

You should know that during the 2015 State of the State Address and the presentation of the Executive Budget for New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intentions to visit Mexico accompanied with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver....
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cous

You should know that Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is a bright, well-educated, articulate, intelligent, professional, beloved and highly respected African-American woman who has been elected to serve as the Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference....
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Kudos To Bronx!

You should know that after 50 years, for the second year in a row, the murder rate in Bronx County is under 100....
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Hispanic Ministers To Lay A Wreath

This Thursday, December 25th, at 12 noon, close to fifty Hispanic Evangelical leaders of New York City, will hold a prayer vigil and a wreath laying ceremony on the corner of Tompkins Avenue and Myrtle in Brooklyn, where NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed while sitting in their patrol car....
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Assemblyman Sepúlveda Calls For An Apology From PBA President Patrick Lynch

Statement from Assemblyman Luis R. Sepulveda regarding remarks made by PBA President Patrick Lynch:...
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New Legislation Expanding Pro-Voter Law

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law two pieces of legislation today that will strengthen the city’s Pro-Voter Law and expand voter registration opportunities in the city. The bills—passed by the New York City Council on November 25, 2014—increase to 26 the number of municipal agencies offering voter registration, provide voters assistance in completing registration applications, and increase language assistance for limited-English-proficient citizens, among other program improvements. Council Members Ben Kallos and Jumaane Williams introduced the legislation....
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Well, Well, Where Were No. 11 & 12?

You should know that Mrs. Gail Badillo, the widow of the late Congressman Herman Badillo is upset and angry because of the lack of respect and reverence from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and some elected officials who did not attend the funeral services for her husband on Sunday, December 7, 2014....
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NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Is No. 1

You should know that there were three statewide elections in New York State, and the candidates who ran as incumbents were: Andrew Cuomo for Governor, Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General, and Tom DiNapoli for State Comptroller....
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The Problem With NYC & The Department Of Homeless Services

You should know that a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Gilbert Taylor from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), to discuss a variety of issues that impact the homeless population in the City of New York....
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Enduring The Same Injustice

You should know that both New York City Police Chief Gerald Nelson and New York City Police Inspector Manual De la Rosa have been confronted with difficult times and apparent discrimination toward them, within the NYPD....
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Police Chief: Edward Delatorre, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

You should know that there is an old saying: "No good deed goes unpunished."...
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The Insensitivity Of Eric Schneiderman

You should know that in one of my previous columns I wrote about how elected officials use all kind of tactics to keep their job....
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Queens Jurisdiction Over Rikers Island?

A bill proposing to change the jurisdiction of crimes committed on Rikers Island passed with seeming ease earlier this year, but has since become more controversial....
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Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino In Bronx

Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz and Fellow Ministers to Welcome Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino to Bronx...
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage And Sukkot At Bronx Event

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Consul General of Israel in New York Ambassador Ido Aharoni headlined Monday evening a joint event at at SAR Academy in Bronx in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the upcoming Jewish Holiday of Sukkot....
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What You Should See

Melissa Mark-Viverito did not place her hand over her heart during a 9/11 ceremony.
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The War Against Women And Who Is Causing It

You should know that there are a lot of people who keep themselves busy talking about something they call the "War Against Women," pointing to incidents when people target, use, exploit, neglect and abuse women for their own benefit....
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The Dilemma Elected Officials Face

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....
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The Difference Between Governors Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, And Rick Perry?

You should know that there is an old saying: “You can indict a ham and cheese sandwich.” ...
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The Don Quixote Of Albany

You 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:...
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The Presumption Of Innocence Should Apply For All

You should know that in the American criminal justice system, there is something called the presumption of innocence....
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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....
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The Quid Pro Quo Of Politics

You should know that in politics, there is something known as quid pro quo....
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Immigration Should Not Be The Only Issue In Our Agenda

You should know that Paul the Apostle in his letter delivered to the Galatian believers instructed them to:...
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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....
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The Tragedy Of Gabriela Rosa - And Many Others

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....
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For Now, I Will Defer To Viverito

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."...
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Walmart Is Welcome Here

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.'"...
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Celebrating 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 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Eastwood Manor Restaurant located at 3371 Eastchester Road on the corner of Boston Road in Bronx, New York....
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That Blue Sky, That Is Not Blue And Is Not A Sky

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....
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Bill To Protect South Bronx Homeowners Passes The NY State Senate

On June 2, 2014, legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz (Bronx County), passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 56-3. ...
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Worst Are Those Who Have Eyes That Work & Cannot See

You should know that election time is right around the corner, and soon enough, you will find volunteers knocking on your doors to collect signatures, and asking for your cooperation to help their candidates qualify to appear on the ballot....
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Gone With The Wind

You should know that since the New York State Democratic Convention has come to an end, the expectations and aspirations of New York's minority community are gone with the wind....
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The War On Women At The New York Times

You should know that for the past few years, the so-called "War on Women" expression has been used whenever possible as the vanguard of the liberal cause. ...
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What Real Campaign Reform Should Be

You should know that soon I will be organizing a press conference together with many religious and Hispanic ministers to start a movement in which our minority community should be educated in regards to campaign finance reform. Leaders of both parties, Democrat and Republican, will be invited to join us. ...
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Transparency In New York State's Government

You should know that it has come to my attention that Senate YouTube clips are no longer easily available to be viewed by my constituents and other residents of New York State, and I would like to question the legality of this change....
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A Victory For The Conservatives Of America

You should know that on Monday May 5, 2014, the Unites States Supreme Court of America ruled in favor of a case established by a small town called Greece in upstate New York. This case was known as “The Case of the Town of Greece v. Galloway,” and it was in regards to prayers offered at public legislative meetings....
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A Real Travesty Of Justice

You should know that the people of Bronx, especially those residing in the area of South Bronx which is covered by the 41st Police Precinct, will soon see their crime statistics going up costing their property and car insurance premiums to also go up....
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It Is Wrong. It Is Evil. It Will Not Work.

You should know that according to some news reports, there is a movement afoot in Albany to break up the IDC-Republican Senate Coalition, which serves as the existing alliance that controls the New York State Senate. ...
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The Rebirth Of Bronx

You should know that on Monday, April 28th, the New York State Senate – in a Resolution introduced by Senator Jeff Klein – recognized and honored the County of Bronx for the second year in a row. Under the coordination of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Senator Jeff Klein, the Bronx has become a hot topic in Albany....
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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....
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Senator Ruben Diaz To Celebrate The First “Abrazo Bangladesh In New York”

New York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, together with New York State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, will celebrate the First “Abrazo Bangladesh in New York.”...
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Time To Bring Sen. Jeff Klein & 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....
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There's No Place Like Home

You should know that on March 3, 2014, New York Daily News columnist Greg B. Smith wrote a column titled:...
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All for One And One For All

You should know that on March 4, 2014, Albany experienced one of its best moments....
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Senator Pushes State Mandated Parent Class

Bronx Senator Ruben Diaz is sponsoring a bill that would mandate parents take state certified classes or else their child won't move on to the 7th grade. ...
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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....
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Bronx Congressman Proposes Law Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ In Smartphones

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is putting pressure on mobile phone companies to install kill switches in devices in an effort to put an end to what he calls an “epidemic of violent smartphone thefts.”...
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The Punishment Does Not Fix 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....
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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 Bronx. ...
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Protecting Playgrounds From Gun Violence

Two Bronx Democrats are looking to increase the penalty for shooting a child up to 10-years-old after a toddler in Bronx was shot in the arm while with his family in a park late last summer....
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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. ...
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Two Questions for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

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:...
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Once Again, Our Community Has Been Double-Crossed By Our Leaders

You should know that in one of my previous columns, A Democratic Gimmick on the “Dream Act”: Do Nothing and Blame the Republicans, I wrote:...
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Is Set To Destroy The National Puerto Rican Day Parade

You 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 do not march in Sunday parades – appreciate the magnitude of the day....
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A Few Questions For Mayor de Blasio

You should know that the problems within the New York City Housing Authority are among the biggest headaches that our new Mayor Bill de Blasio will have to confront during his tenure as New York City Mayor....
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A Democratic Gimmick On The “Dream Act”: Do Nothing And Blame The Republicans

You should know that here in Albany, the Capital of the State of New York, where laws for the state are debated and approved, you will find some elected officials who are doing nothing to protect our poor and needy communities and instead blame the Republicans for their inaction and lack of courage to stand for what they promised their constituents during election time. ...
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On Farm Bill Passage & Cuts To SNAP

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx), who serves as the Ranking Member of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, has released the following statement in response to today's passage of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) with cuts of about $8 billion from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called the Food Stamp Program - over the next 10 years....
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Who Are The Real Extremists?

Ladies and Gentlemen, you should know, that recently, our beloved Governor, Andrew Cuomo made some outrageous statements by saying:...
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Andrew Cuomo, The Intolerant Governor

You should know what back in Biblical times, there were two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, whose leaders were intolerant of anyone who would oppose their teachings and beliefs, to the point that the leaders would expel and commit physical violence against anyone who disagreed with them....
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Honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You should know, that on Monday January 20, 2014, we celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. I extend warm greetings to my African-American brothers and sisters and to all people of good will who follow Dr. King's example. ...
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The Clash Of The Democratic Titans & Its Collateral Damage

You should know that all the newspapers, all the reporters, all the political blogs and political pundits are talking about the inevitable Clash of the Titans....
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The 4 Amigos, The IDC, & Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

The Four Amigos, the IDC, and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito: How things change… or are they just double standards?...
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Governor Andrew Cuomo Just Did It Again

You should know that on Monday, December 16, 2013, the leaders of the New York State Republican Party, Chairman Ed Cox, New York State Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and others, at the request of myself and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, came to the South Bronx to distribute 2,000 toys to our needy and poor children for my annual event “Christmas In The Bronx.” ...
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Justice For Noshat’s Mother

You should know that while many New Yorkers are preparing for joyful family Christmas celebrations, a mother in Queens is grieving the loss of her 8-year old son, Noshat Nahian, who, according to the New York Post’s Georgett Robets: “was caught under the rear wheels of the big rig while happily racing to school with his 11-year-old sister, Nishat.”...
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Is Governor Cuomo Taking New York City For Granted?

You should know that on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded $715.9 million in Economic Development Funding through the third round of his Regional Economic Development Council initiative....
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Let's Hope This Is The First Of Many

You should know that Christmas came a little early this year as New York State's Republican leaders descended upon the South Bronx like Santa Claus at a very special event held on December 16, 2013, where close to 2,000 children received over 2,000 free Christmas toys....
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Lilliam Barrios-Paoli Has A Mess To Clean Up

You should know that I applaud Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio's selection of Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as his Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services....
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My Tax Advice To Governor Andrew Cuomo & Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio

You should know that on Monday, December 2, 2013 the United States Supreme Court let stand a ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals that requires Internet retailers to collect sales taxes even if they have no physical presence in New York State - Overstock.com. New York Taxation Department, No. 13-252 and Amazon.com v. New York Taxation Department No. 13-259)....
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Gerson Borrero: I Hate This Country But I Love Its Money

You should know that there is an old saying: Actions speak louder than words....
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Look Who’s Talking About Treason

You should know that I am reading Fred Dicker’s column in today’s 11/4/13, New York Post about how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting leaders of the Democratic Party together for fight against the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) Leader Jeff Klein and his fellow IDC Members: Senator Diane Savino, Senator David Valesky and Senator David Carlucci – calling them “traitors to the Democratic Party.”...
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The Boycott Against El Diario La Prensa

You should know that a few days ago, all of the celebrations for El Diario la Prensa’s 100th year of existence came to an end. All of the party hats and horns were finally put away, and a special staff meeting was held where El Diario la Prensa’s Publisher, Rosanna Rosado, announced her retirement....
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Why I Oppose Casino Gambling Legislation

You should know that when Senate Bill 5898, supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and sponsored by Senator Bonacic, came to the Floor of the Senate to propose an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize casino gambling in New York State, I voted NO. ...
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Legislation To Protect Macy's Shoppers

Senator Ruben Diaz and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda will Introduce Legislation to Protect Macy's Shoppers....
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The Daily News Just Could Not Resist

You should all know that for years and years, I have been writing columns – just like this one – titled "What You Should Know.” While I am certainly no friend of the Daily News nor most of the media, from time to time, my columns appear in part or in their entirety in different publications....
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What Would Happen If They Did This In New York?

You should know that the New York Daily News published an article on October 23, 2013 by columnist Juan Gonzalez titled: “Citizenship of Haitians in Dominican Republic for decades threatened by court ruling.”...
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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

You should know that “Do as I Say, Not as I Do” appears to be the message that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending to every member of the State Legislature and to the people of New York....
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Sotomayor Wants To Be Called Sonia From The Bronx

Forget about "Jenny from the block," the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said she wants to be called just "Sonia from the Bronx."...
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Statement Of Council Member Annabel Palma

General Welfare Chair Annabel Palma released the following statement on the New York State Supreme Court's decision to issue an order that temporarily restrains the City from discontinuing hotel subsidy payments to victims of Superstorm Sandy who are living in hotels:...
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NY Undocumented Students Lobby State Legislature For College Financial Aid

Hundreds of undocumented students and allies will travel to Albany on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 to urge legislators to enact the NY DREAM Act (A02597/S2378) in 2013....
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House Approval Of Violence Against Women Act

A number of Bronx groups are hoping the House of Representatives gives approval to the Violence Against Women Act, which the Senate recently approved....
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Jenny Rivera Nominated For Court Of Appeals

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, Chairman of the New York State Assembly/ Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force would like to commend Governor Cuomo for nominating Professor Jenny Rivera for the Court of Appeals....
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Bronx District Attorney Announces New Appointees

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson has announced the hiring of 20 new assistant district attorneys....
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Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, Even though the Democrats won the Presidential Election, there isstill talk in Washington about cuts to desperately needed social programs andservices that could decimate ...
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What Is A President?

He is the embodiment of hope and the agent of change. President Obama: the most powerful leader in the free world, crisscrossing the nation: crisscrossing the globe to affect change....
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Proposed Districts Remove Power From Bronx Neighborhoods

Bronx community leaders decry the first redistricting draft of the city's council districts. They say the proposed boundaries would remove political power from many of their neighborhoods by breaking them in different districts and diluting the weight of their votes....
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Incorrect Voter Information

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Borough President Diaz On BronxTalk

Last night, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. appeared on BronxTalk, hosted by Gary Axelbank. Borough President Diaz discussed several issues concerning the Bronx, including the Kingsbridge Armory, FreshDirect, gun violence and the recent Democratic primary elections....
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Give City Island A Chance To Speak

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., City Comptroller John Liu and City Council Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca, together with the City Island Civic Association, are calling on the City’s Department of Transportation to begin the formal public input process regarding the scheduled construction of the new City Island Bridge, slated for next year, through ULURP as soon as possible....
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Rangel Applauds Formation Of New Bronx Community Board

Today, Congressman Charles B. Rangel praised the creation of a taskforce charged with examining the best practices, policies and procedures with regards to important issues faced by all 12 Bronx community boards. The new taskforce was announced by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. ...
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Letter To Mayor Bloomberg On Gun Casings

Please find attached a letter from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to Mayor Bloomberg calling on the City to cease its sales of spent shell casings for reuse, rather than sell them as scrap metal.
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Bronx City Council Discretionary Funding

We are pleased to publish the Citizens Union’s Report on NYC Council Discretionary Funding. While the major findings of the report are echoed in the link below, we thought our readers might be particularly interested in the “who got what” for the Bronx Delegation in the City Council....
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Activist To Announce Run In South Bronx Politics

This could be the beginning of many good things to come. Our good friend, Maxi Rivera a long time community progressive activist in South Bronx will formally announce his candidacy for NY State Assemblyman Saturday April 28, 2012....
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March To Support New York Dream Act

On April 9th, 2012, a group of 15 undocumented youth and supporters from the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) will begin a long journey, on foot, from New York City to Albany in support for the New York Dream Act....
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Cuomo Taps Rivera For Labor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appearing Saturday night at the Somos El Futuro gala, announced the nomination of Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera, D-Bronx, to serve as Commissioner of the state Department of Labor. ...
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U.S. Senate Candidate Tours New York City

Dr. Scott Noren, U.S. Senate Candidate, NY 2012, will be touring New York City this week. During his time in the Big Apple, Dr. Noren will be visiting numerous college and university campuses, such as New York University and Columbia University, to highlight what he perceives as a “key economic issue that concerns college students today” - namely, student loan interest rates and payment arrangements. ...
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Rep. Engel Drops Nick Spano As His Lobbyist

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx, is the latest to cut ties with Nick Spano’s lobbying firm after the former state senator pleaded guilty last week to federal tax evasion....
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Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat joined all Americans in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, releasing the following statement:...
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Running For President Of The Dominican Republic–From The South Bronx

Every Saturday night, 27 local residents meet in an abandoned salsa club in East Tremont to discuss Dominican Republic politics. The various clergymen, business people, and housewives are intent on getting the Bishop in their midst elected as the island’s next president in May....
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City Officials Demand Federal Investigation On “Stop & Frisk Policy”

New York City and New York State officials, along with non-profit organizations, demanded during a press conference on October 19, 2011 a Federal monitor in the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policies....
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Same-Sex Marriage Protest In Bronx

As Governor Andrew Cuomo ramps up his push for same-sex marriage, opponents are set to protest in the Bronx Sunday....
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Dr. Scott Noren For US Senate

I have started  vigorously campaigning for U.S. Senate 2012, NY and trying to put forth his platform. Many people do not realize that Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed and then won only a 2 year seat....
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Immigrant New Yorkers At Risk

The following statement is By Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President about the City’s immigration crackdown at Rikers Island and the threat it poses to the civil liberties of New Yorkers in all five boroughs....
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Senator Espaillat Federal Budget Letter

New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) slammed the Republican proposed federal budget which seeks to cut services for the poor and elderly while giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires....
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Espada Selling His "Home" In Bronx

Since he is no longer a state senator, Pedro Espada Jr. no longer has to keep up the pretense that he actually lived in his old stomping grounds—Espada is selling his Bronx co-op apartment, which caused endless controversy for him, and served as a symbol for his entire failed political career....
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Bronx Borough President's Speech

This week, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. gave his second annual "State of the Borough" address, outlining his plans for the future of the Bronx....
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Sen. Klein, D-Bronx & Property Tax Cap

Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, the leader of the independent Democratic conference, held a news conference earlier this afternoon with his three colleagues calling for a streamlining of government....
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Pedro Espada Ousted!

New York Sen. Pedro Espada, who hijacked the state Senate last year to temporarily join the GOP with three other renegade Democrats, has lost his primary reelection bid to Gustavo Rivera....
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Espaillat Wins Dem. NY Senate Primary

Assembly Member Adriano Espaillat decisively wins the Democratic Primary for State Senate in the 31st District....
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NYSRPA Endorses Carl Paladino

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state's largest and nation's oldest 2nd Amendment advocacy organization, announces the endorsement of Carl Paladino for Governor....
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Kosovo: Legality Of Secession & Evolution Of International Law

As evinced by countless instances past and current, ethnic conflict has revealed its adeptness to engender severe chaos and disorder, igniting both protracted and intractable struggles. Resolutions to such conflicts encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from co-optation to degrees of autonomy. Secession, conversely, is not recognized as a legal option....
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Hungry Espada Spends $20K On Sushi

The following is a video clip with some thoughts on Espada and his record....
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Campaign Against Epsada Surging

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz endorsed Gustavo Rivera for State Senate today, the latest endorsements for Rivera's surging campaign against scandal-ridden incumbent Senator Pedro Espada. ...
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On The Offensive To Defeat Espada

Today, Democratic activist Bill Samuels and his reform organization, New Roosevelt Initiative, today opened a full-time field office in the 33rd Senate District and announced that veteran political organizer Yorman Nunez would handle its operations as a part of efforts to defeat disgraced incumbent Senator Pedro Espada....
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Citizen Action Joins The Reform Fight

Citizen Action of New York, a statewide, grassroots organization that fights for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, announced today their support of Gustavo Rivera for State Senate in the 33rd Senatorial District of the Bronx against Pedro Espada....
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Strengthening NY's False Claims Act

New York State Bar Association President Stephen P. Younger of New York (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP) today commended Governor David A. Paterson for signing into law legislation (A.11568/S.8378) that strengthens New York's False Claims Act....
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Kathleen Rice For Attorney General

The Northwest Bronx Democratic Alliance formally endorsed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice at a meet-and-greet in Riverdale on August 12, 2010....
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Espada's Desperate Challenge Fails

An official report from a Bronx County Supreme Court-appointed referee today decreed that Gustavo Rivera's campaign collected well over the required number of signatures to qualify for this September's Primary Election and rejected a frivolous challenge made by Pedro Espada's campaign, dealing the embattled Senator yet another blow. ...
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MTA Rescue On Life Support

The WFP today sent the following message to our 70,000 supporters in NYC, reminding them of Pedro Espada's role in blocking new funding for the cash-strapped MTA and urging them to join the our "10,000 New Yorkers to Defeat Pedro Espada" Facebook group (also launched today)....
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Espada Bloating Payroll With Cronies

Today, Democratic activist Bill Samuels and his reform organization, New Roosevelt Initiative, raised questions about the enormous staff budget of disgraced State Senator Pedro Espada and called upon him to open payroll and staff budget books. According to a recent Buffalo News investigation, Espada’s weekly staff payroll nearly equals that of the entire Western New York State Senate delegation....
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State Budget Continues Spending

In Albany, the Senate approved the new State Budget....
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Insurance Companies Payout Schemes

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer is drafting legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to guarantee that any life insurance company they contract with offer lump sum payouts of death benefits as the default payment method for the families of lost soldiers and other federal workers....
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Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez Resigns

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez will resign effective August 31, to take a position as Executive Vice President at AARP in Washington, D.C....
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Abolish The MTA

The following is a press release from the office of Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., Republican/Conservative Candidate for the New York State Senate, 34th District....
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New York's Social Services Hurt

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) joined hundreds of New Yorkers on the steps of City Hall to let Governor Paterson and other elected officials know that much of the discretionary funding he vetoed is still needed to serve New York’s most vulnerable....
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The Prospect Of A Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement

The creation of Israel in 1948 engendered enmity between Arabs and Jews still palpable today. Although Egypt and Jordan have negotiated peace agreements with Israel, Syria persists as one of Israel’s most intransigent enemies. A focal point of Israeli-Syrian relations is a section of former Syrian territory that Israel annexed in the 1967 Six Days War: the Golan Heights....
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Pedro's Secret Town Hall Meeting

NY State Senator of the 33rd District, Pedro Espada Jr. is holding secret an Town Hall Meeting tonight, July 22 at 6:30pm. ...
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Stop And Frisk Bill Signed Into Law

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law A.11177-A/S.7945-A, or the "Stop and Frisk" legislation, which prohibits the retention, in an electronic database, the personal information of individuals who are stopped, questioned and frisked by police, but are not charged with a crime or violation....
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Former Bronx Prosecutor Gail Goode

Former Bronx prosecutor Gail Goode plans to turn in her signatures at 1 p.m. today to get on the ballot in September as a challenger to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand....
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Klein D-Bronx, Hopeful On DNA Bill Vote

Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, is hopeful that his bill to greatly expand the number of DNA profiles collected by the state can still be voted on this legislative session....
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Zionism: A Movement Of The Elite & Intelligentsia

Before the creation of a Jewish state, all Jews existed in Diaspora. Dispersed throughout the world, Jews adopted the corresponding language, culture, and traditions of their perspective countries, but preserved a common ethnic identity as a Jewish people....
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A Brief Overview Of Dialectical Inquiry

Although sometimes subsumed within a political science program of study, dialectics is endowed with a generality allowing for its application to all facets of life. Dialectical investigation is premised on the idea that each object and process possesses an opposite—a competing force—which constitutes both its defining element and the impetus for change....
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Mayor & City Council Budget Agreement

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is concerned that in the midst of the Great Recession, when the need for services is at an all-time high, our city will be closing senior centers and early education centers....
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Supreme Court On 2nd Amendment

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) applauds the SCOTUS decision incorporating the 2nd Amendment to the states in the case of McDonald v. Chicago....
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Passage Of Two Key Budget Bills

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that the Legislature has passed his Transportation, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation and Public Protection, General Government budget bills, finalizing a large portion of the State budget for fiscal year 2010-11 and achieving $1.043 billion in General Fund savings....
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Bronx's John Reynolds Speaks Out

Bronx Green Party candidate for NY State Senate in 33rd SD speaks out on labor, workers’ rights; and on empowering communities of color, and immigrant communities in the Bronx; asserts “Green Party is only true opposition to democratic party machine”...
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Community Leaders Support Desiree

Today Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter announced the support of 20 community leaders from the 33rd Senate District. The diverse and influential group jointly recognized Desiree as a “trusted community leader” with a “strong record of standing up for the people of this district.” ...
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Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz' Failure

I beg to differ from Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) who condemned Arizona's recently passed immigration law, calling it un-American. The law requires the police to stop and question anyone who looks like an illegal immigrant....
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Microstamping Bill Opposed

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and State Senator Eric Schneiderman are once again promoting junk science in an attempt to convince the New York State Legislature to pass their latest gun control scheme....
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Pilgrim-Hunter On Pedro Espada

The campaign of Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter released the following statement from spokesperson Eric Koch today in reaction to the news that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo had charged Senator Espada and 19 executives with looting his Bronx not-for-profit:...
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Desiree Hunter Announces Candidacy

Community organizer Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter announced her candidacy today for the New York State Senate, representing the 33rd District, in front of scores of supporters. Hunter, a 26 year resident of the district, is challenging the incumbent State Senator Pedro Espada, who threw the State into chaos last Summer. ...
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No To More Raids & Militarization Of The Border

As senators Charles Schumer and Lindsay Graham announce their 4 pillar blueprint plan for future immigration legislation today, hundreds of immigrant workers, community members, and local politicians will convene at the Fordham Lutheran Evangelical Church to voice a different message absent from the current immigration debate....
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Cap State Spending & Property Taxes?

Governor David A. Paterson today submitted legislation that would impose long-term fiscal discipline in New York State and ease the crushing property tax burden on New York homeowners....
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Laws Baning Texting While Driving

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn) was very pleased by the efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to propose a set of guidelines for states to create laws that would ban text messaging while driving....
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FDNY Agrees To Utilize Volunteer Emergency Services

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, along with her colleagues and the Community-based Volunteer Ambulance Corps, hailed a victory after today’s committee hearing on the utilization of volunteer ambulance groups by the FDNY/EMS....
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Volunteer Emergency Medical Services

City Hall, NY – Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, along with Council Members Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn), Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) and Al Vann (D-Brooklyn), and dozens of community-based volunteer ambulance leaders, called on the FDNY to utilize the City’s neighborhood volunteer ambulances....
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NY 2010-11 Budget Must Cut Spending

The Unshackle Upstate business coalition warned that any increase in taxes, fees, mandates or assessments, or any increase in spending is absolutely unacceptable and a slap in the face to every New York taxpayer and employer....
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Bloomberg's Legacy In The Bronx

Now that the heat of the election campaigns and the ferver of the victory has subsided, what would one think Bloomberg's legacy in the Bronx is after his two terms as a Mayor of New York City?...
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Bloomberg Wins A Third Term

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg won a third term as New York mayor Tuesday in a closer-than-expected race against a Democratic challenger who stoked voter resentment over the way Bloomberg changed term-limits law so he could stay in office....
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No To Obama's Health Care Legislation

As it concerns President Barak Obama's current health care legislation, which is to be voted in Congress, the following was received earlier today from a concerned reader of ours, Brian Jenkins....
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Protection Against Ticket Harassment

Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley, Council Member Letitia James, small business owners and advocates today announced the Protection Against Ticket Harassment (PATH) Act, a new bill that would prevent excessive and unfair ticketing practices by the Department of Sanitation....
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Bronx Pastor Endorses Bloomberg

Today, Reverend Doctor Elijah Thompson, Pastor of the Bronx Miracle Gospel Tabernacle (BMGT), endorsed Mayor Bloomberg’s bid for re-election. Rev. Dr. Thompson cited the Mayor’s record on education reform and his support of small businesses as the primary reasons for the endorsement....
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Bronx Healthcare Meeting - A Charade Of Democracy

The were two big winners at the recent “town hall” healthcare meeting held in the North Bronx, New York City, neighborhood of Parkchester on August 17 – the lunatic right wing and the private health insurance industry. These victories came despite the fact that the vast majority of those who lined up to participate in the meeting supported either a single-payer system or a public option. Most came away disappointed. I got kicked out....
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Fatima A. Shama - Another Bronx Star

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today appointed Fatima A. Shama as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Commissioner Shama currently serves as Senior Education Policy Advisor in the Mayor's Office, where she previously served as the Health Literacy and Language Access Coordinator....
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Need To Reframe Debate On Schools

Councilman Eric Gioia, Candidate for Public Advocate, today released a white paper outlining his ideas to improve student performance....
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Nationalism: Catalyst To Conflict?

The arrangement and design of the world had undergone a dramatic shift beginning with the French Revolution in the late 18th century. A world comprised of empires, in which multiple ethnic groups of disparate culture, language, and traditions coexisted under one domain, began to transform into a world of nation-states. ...
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Judge Sotomayor In Ricci v. DeStefano

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for Justice of the United States Supreme Court, is now infamous for suggesting: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."...
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Cease-&-Desist Letters For NY Toy Gun Sellers

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has sent cease-and-desist letters to over 100 companies demanding that they immediately stop selling imitation toy guns that are easily confused with real weapons in New York State. New York State law prohibits the sale of imitation guns without proper markings that distinguish them as toys....
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NYC: Now That's Democracy

New Yorkers Speak Up/Stand Up Let’s Take Back Our City Meeting of FedUpNewYorkers (FUNY) at: LGBT Center on 208 W 13th St between 7th and 8th Avenue....
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Simple Pledge, Bold (Blazer) Colour

Sonia Sotomayor, a daughter of the Bronx, pledged on Monday to serve as an impartial justice if she is confirmed for a post on the U.S. Supreme Court. She would become the first Hispanic to serve if confirmed. Listen to what she has to say....
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Genesis Of The Palestinian Identity

An Arab population, essentially absent of a national consciousness prior to the twentieth century, forged a collective identity as the Palestinian people spurred conjointly by the forces of modernization and Zionism. The British mandate and policies of international actors also helped evoke a national consciousness in the Arab natives of Palestine, consequently forging the Palestinian identity in its nascent stages....
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The Paradox Of Israel: A Jewish, Yet Democratic State

The clash of divergent nationalisms within the same territory culminated in the establishment of a sovereign state by one nation, but rendered the other a splintered population devoid of a nation-state. After centuries of a scattered existence in Diaspora, the Jewish people rejoiced as the Zionist project achieved the creation of their own state, safeguarded from the perils of anti-Semitism....
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Espada Costs NY State > $125 Million

The State Senate stalemate ended Thursday when Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. flipped Democrat again after siding with Republicans in an obscure and costly leadership battle that raged for nearly five weeks....
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Public Advocate's Office Funding

Joe Mendola, GOP candidate for NYC Comptroller, is calling for the full restoration of funding for the Public Advocate's Office....
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Vernacular Politics: Islamists’ Clout In Turkey

Turkey’s experiment as a secular, westernized state represents not only an anomaly, but the prototype of secular modernization in the Middle East. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder the Turkish Republic in 1923, embarked on a series of social and political reforms, abolishing Islamic institutions, positions, and insignia to secure Turkey’s position as a modern democracy....
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Erosion Of The Nation-State: The Effect Of Terrorism & Ethnic Conflict

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the international system shifted from bipolarity to unipolarity, redefining the structure of the system. As a result, US primacy in this unipolar world has constituted the most salient element affecting the arrangement of the system and defining a world comprised of nation-states....
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DA Questiones Espada’s Housekeeper

Sen. Pedro Espada’s housekeeper, who works at the senator’s Westchester home, was detained Tuesday night and interviewed about the senator’s residency by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, according to Espada Chief of Staff Andrew Yong....
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Stop Laying Off 2.6K School Workers

A major rally at City Hall to stop the layoffs of more than 2,600 school employees, including school aides, family counselors and substance abuse prevention and intervention specialists. The proposed layoffs will have a disastrous impact in schools and classrooms citywide, adversely affecting school children and their families, who count on the stable educational environment these employees help maintain....
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Seven Queens Day Care Centers Saved

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) and District Council 1707 AFSCME celebrated the saving of seven Queens day care centers from budget cuts today, preventing harmful cuts to early childhood education and saving dozens of jobs. Last night a budget deal was announced to keep 31 ACS run child care centers open....
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Bronx Rally Against Pedro Espada, Jr

Mamaroneck resident Pedro Espada pretends to live and work in the Bronx (so that he could run for State Senate from the Bronx)....
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Gioia Petitioning In The Bronx

Gioia kiced off petitioning in the Bronx to gather signatures for public advocate race....
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GOP Comptroller Candidate Endorsed

GOP candidate for NYC Comptroller, Joe Mendola, has been endorsed by both the Richmond County and Bronx County Republican Party Committees....
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Democrats Win Special Elections

Vanessa Gibson, (D) and Marcos Crespo (D) have succeeded their Democratic bosses in special elections in the Bronx held on Tuesday, easily beating their challengers....
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Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes Endorsed

District Attorney Charles Hynes has always taken a leadership role in the enforcement of laws that protect the public and ensure that our streets and neighborhoods are safe. On March 25, 2009, District Attorney Hynes announced that a special unit is being set up to ensure the swift prosecution of anyone that assaults a Traffic Enforcement Agent....
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Bronx Assembly Seats To Be Filled

Two New York Assembly staffers hope to succeed their Democratic bosses in special elections and both are challenged by Republicans in the Bronx districts....
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El Poder Latino Avanza

Noticias Jueves 21 de Mayo de 2009 4 La política de los Estados Unidos, y muy particularmente los estados de Nueva York y Nueva Jersey, ha sentido el influjo y la penetración del poder del voto latino que en las últimas contiendas electorales a sido determinante. La elección del presidente Obama, es una muestra de ese poder del voto Latino....
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NYC With >1,000 Unemployed Veterans

With new figures showing the nationwide unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans rose 56% in the past year to 11.2%, which could mean that nearly 1,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan from New York City could be unemployed, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) renewed his call for New York City to implement his veterans employment plan which places returning veterans in City jobs. The plan is modeled on a successful program in Los Angeles....
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Hundreds Support Mayoral Control

Hundreds of Learn NY supporters - parents, community and faith leaders, principals, teachers and students went to Bronx Community College for a State Senate hearing on mayoral control. These supporters have witnessed first-hand the dramatic gains in our schools since mayoral control was enacted and wanted to thank their legislators for passing mayoral control in 2002 and urge them to renew it this June....
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Con Ed: Changes Needed

Today, in advance of a Con Ed shareholders meeting on Monday, and with two deadly home explosions within two years, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens), Chairman of the Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations, called for Con Ed to overhaul its evacuation policy to require evacuations when gas leak readings are high in manholes - not just inside homes....
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The Probability Of An Islamic State

The current governing paradigm in most Middle Eastern countries is marked by executive supremacy unbridled by any legal body or branch of government to restrain the oppressive power of the ruler. Bereft of a legitimate legislature and judiciary to counteract and neutralize an unjust and authoritarian executive, these Middle Eastern countries must seek to reform and ameliorate their form of governance to attain prosperity, just rule, and political justice....
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The Politics Of Israel

As a country economically, culturally, and politically disparate from its neighbors, Israel represents a democratic bastion in a region rife with stagnant, totalitarian regimes. Zionism yielded a state born of immigrants from various backgrounds bound by a common Jewish identity, deeming Israel’s existence anomalous. The Eastern European immigrants of the aliyot developed the political framework of the pre-state period; these Zionist leaders subsequently became the leaders of the new state in 1948, opting for a representative parliamentary democracy....
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Hezbollah & The Politics Of Lebanon

Hezbollah emerged in Lebanon as a corollary to a foreign intrusion by a country deemed the anathema of the Islamic world. In 1982, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon subsequently spawned the force that was to resist it. In its nascent stages, Hezbollah existed as an Iranian proxy whose raison d'être was to resist and eject this foreign occupier in attempt to extricate Lebanon and restore its sovereignty....
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Just How Corrupt Are NY Democrats?

There was a great deal of talk late last year and in early 2009 about corruption in Illinois politics, highlighted by the desire of former Governor Rod Blagojevich to in effect sell President Barack Obama’s former seat in the U.S. Senate to the highest bidder....
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The Shia Awakening

The removal of Saddam Hussein inadvertently disrupted the existing power distribution between Shia and Sunnis, precipitating a momentous change to the status quo which had long persisted in the Middle East....
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Politcal Economy Of The Middle East

The political economy of Middle East is determined by a combination of economic development, state structure, and social actors, but more broadly by concomitant economic, social, political, religious and historical forces. ...
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Netanyahu Pleads With The Pope

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday appealed to Pope Benedict XVI "to make his voice heard" and use his moral authority to condemn the harsh anti-Israel rhetoric voiced by Iran's hard-line president....
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New York Gay Marriage Bill Vote

The New York State Assembly will vote on a gay marriage bill on Tuesday, May 12, 2009....
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Paterson Announces Special Election

Governor David A. Paterson announced today that a Proclamation has been issued calling for two Special Elections in the Bronx to be held Tuesday, June 2, 2009....
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Ban Fast Food < 0.1 Miles Of Schools

Today, following the release of a study showing that students whose schools are within 0.1 miles of fast food outlets are more likely to be obese, and with diabetes a growing epidemic in New York City, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) and MeMe Roth, President of National Action Against Obesity (NAAO), announced Gioia will introduce legislation to ban fast food stores within 0.1 miles of schools....
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Federal Stimulus Cash For Boroughs

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced community development projects and programs that will benefit from more than $48 million of federal stimulus funding received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed by President Obama in February. The funding will be directed to nine City programs and projects that are supporting New York City’s households and stabilizing and strengthening neighborhoods in all five boroughs. ...
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Thousands To March To City Hall

Thousands to march to City Hall and protest proposed kindergarten elimination eliminating kindergarten in day care centers to cost city millions. Plan would shift 3,300 children from day care to overcrowded public schools....
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How The Newly Passed Justice Reform Bill Will Implicate Bail Procedures

On Sunday, March 31st, the Justice Reform Bill passed that was being aggressively pursued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is a fantastic remedy to issues that have been plaguing the criminal justice system in the State of New York for some time. The reform bill will not be put into effect for next year; however, it will have several positive impacts on criminal procedure accuracy within the State of New York.
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Letter To The Editor

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Here The New York City Council Goes Again

You should know that instead of passing laws to protect our senior citizens and decent, law-abiding citizens, the New York City Council is planning to pass a law to stop the city from testing people who are on probation for marijuana use.
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Open Letter To Mayor Bill De Blasio From Aguila, Inc.

You should know that I received a copy of a letter that an organization called Aguila sent to Mayor de Blaiso.
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I Told You So

You should know that last month, 21-year-old Samantha Johnson was tragically murdered when she entered a vehicle she assumed to be her Uber. This was a horrible tragedy that occurred in South Carolina and one we cannot afford to happen again.
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BP Diaz Calls For Criminal Justice Reforms

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. sent a letter to Albany leadership urging them to pass necessary criminal justice reforms in this legislative session.
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Considering A Run For Congress

You should know that earlier this week, U.S. Congressman Jose Serrano announced that due to medical reasons he will not seek reelection.
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Political Correctness Is Eroding Our Constitutional Rights

You should know that this Great Country of ours is a magnet for all the peoples of the world for several reasons, one being that it is “The Home of the Free.” A bastion of liberty, and opportunity. That is what makes this country great. But lately our freedoms are eroding and disappearing little by little.
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Watch BP Ruben Diaz JR’s “State Of The Borough” 2019

The borough’s achievements and goals took center stage as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivered the 2019 "State of the Borough" address from H.E.R.O. High School/The Samuel Gompers Campus. Bronx residents and others can experience it all with rebroadcasts of the entire speech, on BronxNet.

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may be one of the few people you meet who is always glad to talk taxes. He has spent 17 years immersed in government communications – almost entirely in the tax field. He currently serves as the Director of Public Relations at the New York State Tax Department. In each of Geoff’s positions, he has created opportunities to transform the communications environment for the benefit of the organization. Under his leadership, Tax Department public relations have shifted from a reactive focus to proactive outreach. Most recently, Geoff led the STAR Registration media campaign to assist 2 million homeowners with property tax relief while eliminating fraud. As a result of extensive press outreach, more than 300 articles were printed in daily papers alone, and broadcast media repeatedly covered the story in each corner of the state. Less than 5 months after launch, 2.3 million homeowners had registered for their property tax exemptions. Geoff (@gloak23) lives in Kinderhook with his journalist wife, Kristi Berner (@kristiberner), and 4-year-old daughter, Gemma, who is now proud to be able to write her name.