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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 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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Janet Upadhye

is a multimedia journalist covering the Hunts Point section of Bronx. In a past life she was the Development Director at San Francisco Women Against Rape. During her decade in the Bay Area she also organized within queer and trans communities for safety and justice.