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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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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.

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:

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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Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy is a freelance writer and graduate student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She reports in the Morrisania and Claremont sections of the Bronx.