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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Statement From BP Ruben Diaz Jr.

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Richard Leslie is a Bronx resident who works in Westchester as a network administrator. His passion for photography and an interest in current events has led him to the field of journalism.