ALBANY—Senators in the now "gang of three" remain uncommitted for a Senate leadership vote after a marathon meeting Tuesday afternoon.
"What's coming out of the meeting is that they have not committed," spokesman Juda Engelmayer said. He confirmed Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate did not attend the session. "I think Mr. Monserrate might have counted himself out Read More
Al Sharpton just finished a press conference with friends and family of Sean Bell, saying they hoped justice would be dispensed by the trial judge, who will announce a verdict Friday.
Sharpton also refuted the notion that their supporter need to be reminded not to act violently if they are unhappy with Read More
Democratic Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. of the Bronx says there us a budget that needs to be passed, and he doesn’t think it is important if Eliot Spitzer is around to pass it or not.
“We’re still going to move forward,” Diaz, told me just now. “Either this governor or Governor David Paterson is going Read More
Here is Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. outside City Hall yesterday afternoon, praising the Working Families Party plan to tax the rich, and agreeing with Russell Simmons on the need to reform the drug sentencing laws in the state.
“We left some work undone there,” he said.
But first, he added, lawmakers have to Read More
A State Senator who criticized the dismissal of the top Latina on Hillary Clinton’s campaign now says he’ll support Barack Obama as a result.
When reached by cell phone Monday night in Albany, State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. said, "I never supported anyone yet, so, you know, if I support Obama? Yes. I Read More
It’s barely 2008 and likely Bronx Borough President candidate and City Councilman Joel Rivera has already spent $144,852 of the $201,996 he raised.
According to the city Campaign Finance Board’s rules, Rivera has exceeded his out-year spending limit for a borough president candidate, which is $129,000. Read More
Here’s Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr., a Democrat from the Bronx, at the Nation Action Network headquarters in Harlem today:
“See, the Latinos try to front a little bit here. They say, ‘Well, Dr. King is not about us. He’s about the African American community.’” But, he said, “This Latino right here is serving up in Read More
Eliot Spitzer’s style may be humbler, but his goals aren’t.
In his second State of the State speech to lawmakers in Albany, Spitzer stuck to his vow to cap property taxes while at the same time providing free S.U.N.Y. tuition for veterans, expanding S.U.N.Y.’s teaching ranks by 2,000 professors, building $400 million of housing Read More
After the death the death of Eliot Spitzer’s plan to give undocumented residents driver’s licenses, the new debate is about who’s to blame for the way things turned out.
During a roundtable discussion with legislators on Inside City Hall, Democratic Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. of the Bronx said it was Spitzer’s Read More
One Hispanic lawmaker said he’s not going to the Somos El Futuro conference this weekend in Puerto Rico, in part, because he’s angry at Eliot Spitzer for his new driver’s license policy allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses but not other forms of government ID.
“I Read More