July 4, 2018

$10 Million to the South Bronx

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the South Bronx was selected as the latest winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which is a $10 million investment into our community, to create jobs and realize our collective vision of Economic Development, Education, and Equity. I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which is bringing these critical investments to our communities. …

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July 3, 2018

Statement on Trump Rescinding Affirmative Action Policies

Statement on Trump Rescinding Affirmative Action Policies As a young Black man from The Bronx, who like many fellow children of immigrants, was the first in my family to graduate from college, I am disgusted yet unfortunately not surprised by the federal administration’s reversal on Obama-era affirmative action policies that diversify schools. For decades, affirmative action has helped students from …

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June 28, 2018

Statement on the Federal Judge’s Order to Reunify Immigrant Families

While the crisis of families being separated and detained is at seismic proportions, those of us fighting for justice and uniting families can celebrate a major legal victory. As reported in the press, Judge Dana M. Sabraw of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union. …

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June 28, 2018

Statement on the Janus v. AFSCME Decision by the Supreme Court

With today’s decision, the Supreme Court has paved the way for the destabilization of labor unions that represent millions of working class people throughout our nation. The 5 to 4 decision today in the Janus v. AFSCME decision will hurt unions as it will lead to nonunion workers being no longer required to pay fees to public sector unions. This …

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June 27, 2018

Statement on the Muslim Ban Decision by the Supreme Court

The profound disregard of fairness and humanity and an obvious racist, divisive and Islamaphobic decision by the Supreme Court is utterly devastating during this time of unnecessary political upheaval regarding immigration. Yes, a decision may be legal, but, it does not make it morally right. What Trump hails as a “tremendous victory” is an extremist decision that is morally wrong …

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June 22, 2018

We demand answers as #FamiliesBelongTogether

Read the Letter to Catholic Guardian Services Read the Letter to Lutheran Social Services On Wednesday, many of my colleagues in the New York State Legislature and I stood together to release a letter to Attorney General Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen to call for the end of their inhumane, racist and unjust practice of separating children from …

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June 20, 2018

NYS Legislators Demand Trump Administration End Inhumane Policy of Family Separation

Members of the New York State Senate and Assembly today released an open letter demanding the Trump administration stop further traumatizing children. The members emphatically said to the Trump Administration that #FamiliesBelongTogether and called for the end of the inhumane policy of separating innocent children from their parents who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. The …

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June 20, 2018

Statement in Celebration of Juneteenth

Statement in Celebration of Juneteenth Today, we recognize Juneteenth, the oldest-known celebration in the United States commemorating the end of slavery and our legacy of freedom and justice in this nation. More than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it was not until June 19th, 1865, when a group of Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas to …

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June 17, 2018

Statement in Celebration of Father’s Day

Statement in Celebration of Father’s Day In celebration of Father’s Day, I would like to thank and recognize all the fathers and father-figures who have selflessly and lovingly worked to raise the next generation of leaders, change-makers and dreamers. As we celebrate fathers today, let us acknowledge that they are often unsung and unpraised but play a special role in …

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June 15, 2018

Statement in Celebration of Eid Al-fitr

As we celebrate Eid Al-fitr, I would like to wish an Eid Mubarak to all of our Muslim Brothers and Sisters around The Bronx, New York and the world. Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims not only aimed to refrain from drinking from sunrise to sunset, they also abstained from immoral acts and …

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