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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.

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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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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Safety In New York’s Second Hand Marketplace Is Coming To Fruition

Bill No. 567 in the City Council has gained the public spotlight as two college graduates help city councilmembers fight for safe places to exchange goods in for New York’s meetup culture.
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Bronx NAN Chapter Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to come out and join us for the National Action Network Bronx chapter monthly town hall meeting.
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Statement From Congressional Candidate For NY CD-10 Naomi Levin

Naomi speaks on Political Polarization in Washington and Social Media Discrimination on Larry King.
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"Democratic Socialist" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A "Hypocrite" Wearing A $3,500 Outfit To Pose For A Magazine Shoot?

Fashion and politics often go hand in hand, but "democratic socialist" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been dubbed a hypocrite by conservative critics after wearing a designer suit for a photo shoot with construction workers.
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Is It Congressman Joe Crowley’s Loss?

You should know that on Tuesday, June 26th, when Congressman Joe Crowley lost the Democratic Primary, the biggest losers were the State and the City of New York.
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BP Diaz Invites You To The Charter Revision Commission 2019 Forum

On September 12, 2018, the Charter Revision Commission 2019 will a public hearing, at Lehman College, 6:00 p.m., to listen to your thoughts on what works and what does not work in our New York City government.
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BP Diaz & Tenants To NYCHA: Where’s The Money?

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined more than 100 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenant leaders and residents of all ages for a rally today at the Bronx River Houses to bring attention to the agency’s failure to spend money that has been given to it to improve tenants’ lives. The borough president also called on the agency to open its books to the public for review.
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Borough President Diaz Hosts Pakistani Independence Day Celebration

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. met with the Bronx Community Council, a Pakistani advocacy organization, and the acting Consul General of Pakistan, Naeem Cheema, to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.
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Scott Stringer Goes Against The Only 2 Dominican State Senate Members

You should know that tomorrow, Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00 noon I am supposed to appear in front of the New York City Council Ethics Committee.
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Reasons Why I Have Been Writing "What You Should Know" For Many Years

You should know that The New York City Ethics Committee has opened up an investigation into the writing of my weekly column, which I titled "What You Should Know" (WYSK).

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Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer

has written for the major magazines and newspapers both here and abroad. Included are The New York Times, The Denver Post, Elle Magazine, Neue Zuercher Zeitung (Switzerland) and Berlin Tagesblatt (Germany). She is also the author of five books.