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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.

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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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."

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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