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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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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.

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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Thomas Lockhart

was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.