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BP Diaz Calls For NYC Control Of Public Transit

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. held a press conference this morning to oppose the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) proposed public transit fare hikes and to call for a reorganization of the agency that gives control of local public transit back to New York City.

 

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BP Diaz To Host Rally Opposing MTA Fare Hikes

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 08:00 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will join elected officials, advocates and commuters for a rally and press conference opposing the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare hikes that are slated to be voted on later this month....
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NYC Ferry System Expands To Connect All 5 Boroughs

Following his State of the City address last week, Mayor de Blasio today released additional details about the expansion of the NYC Ferry system, which will begin serving all five boroughs in 2020....
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Popular Roberto Clemente State Park South Playground To Reopen

The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson and Omni New York LLC, owner of the adjacent Riverpark Towers, together announced a $1.35 million transformation of the Roberto Clemente State Park South Playground....
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Call On Amtrak To Get To Work On Penn Station Access Project

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Westchester County Executive George Latimer, other elected officials and key stakeholders spoke out in support of the expansion of Metro North service to East Bronx and the need for Amtrak to get out of the way of this much needed, universally popular project....
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Ready New York Senior Center Of the Year Award

The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Department for the Aging will present the sixth annual Ready New York Senior Center of the Year Award to Julie Dalton, executive director for the RSS - Riverdale Senior Services senior center, for her ongoing commitment to preparing seniors for emergencies....
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MTA Announces Service Plans For Four-Day Thanksgiving Weekend

Trains and buses operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will operate on special schedules on Wednesday, November 21, through Sunday, November 25, to accommodate the unique travel demands of Thanksgiving weekend. During the same time period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend maintenance at its nine crossings to facilitate increased travel....
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MTA To Purchase Grand Central Terminal, Harlem Line & Hudson Line For $35 Million

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board’s Finance Committee today granted approval to purchase Grand Central Terminal, and Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line and Hudson Line from a private holding company....
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BP Diaz & HUD Administrator Patton Visit NYCHA’s Patterson Houses

On Friday, October 12, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton visited the Patterson Houses, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development in South Bronx....
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Bronx Elected Officials To Amtrak: Get On Board With Metro-North Expansion

In a letter to Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman of the Board of Amtrak, the borough’s elected officials are demanding that the rail company cease its actions that are currently holding up progress on the proposed East Bronx Metro-North expansion, which will bring commuter rail service to Co-op City, Morris Park/Van Nest, Parkchester and Hunts Point....
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NYC Parks Breaks Ground On $3.4 Million Makeover Of Parque De Los Niños Ballfields And Running Track

Today, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and students and staff from I.S. 123 to break ground on the renovation of the ballfields and track at Parque de los Niños....
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Disability Advocates, Transportation Organizations, Elected Officials Kick-Off “24 Hour Riders Respond Transit Tour”

Today, Elected officials, advocate groups, and volunteers are preparing to meet fellow straphangers and ride the rails. A year after Governor Cuomo declared the MTA under a state of emergency, city & state officials and public transportation advocates are returning to the subway platforms to hear from riders, commuters and visitors....
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The New York Public Library Breaks Ground On A Bigger, Better Van Cortlandt Branch In Bronx

The New York Public Library broke ground this morning on a new, larger Van Cortlandt Library in Bronx....
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Governor Cuomo Announces NY Has Received Federal Approval To Convert Sheridan Expressway In Bronx Into A Boulevard

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to de-designate the Sheridan Expressway as an interstate, paving the way for the roadway to be transformed into a new boulevard that will give residents and visitors a direct connection to the Bronx River waterfront and Starlight Park....
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MTA Provides Service Details For Labor Day Weekend

To help New Yorkers kick off a long Labor Day weekend, MTA railroads will provide extra service tomorrow, Friday, August 31. All MTA services will operate on special schedules on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Details follow below....
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City Launches Bronx Metro-North Station Area Study

A Bronx Metro-North Working Group, which convened for the first time today, will engage local residents and businesses to optimize new commuter rail service that is in the works for the East and South Bronx....
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Parks Dept. Makes Progress With Installation Of Syringe Disposal Kiosks

The Parks Department is making progress on the installation of kiosks to give users a safe place to discard their syringes....
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Mayor De Blasio Welcomes Dockless Bicycles To Bronx

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting today, dockless bike share pilot had arrived in Bronx, bringing bike share for the first time to all five boroughs....
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Access To Bronx-Bound Henry Hudson Bridge Closed Sunday Morning For NYC Triathlon

The northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway leading to the Bronx-bound Henry Hudson Bridge will be closed Sunday, July 1 between 4 a.m. and noon for the biking portion of the NYC Triathlon. Motorists should use an alternate route during this period and expect delays....
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MTA Announces Extra Service For Fourth Of July Holiday Weekend

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will offer extra rail service on Tuesday, July 3, to help customers to travel to Fourth of July holiday activities. On Wednesday, July 4, the MTA’s railroads, subways and buses will operate on weekend schedules....
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Secretary Perdue Details USDA Functions In The Event Of A Lapse In Federal Funding

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The Anniversary Of 9/11

Statement from Borough President Diaz regarding the anniversary of 9/11:
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U.S. Marks The 17th Anniversary Of 9/11 With Somber Tributes & A New Monument

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city.
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Google Doodle Celebrates America's Workers On Labor Day 2018

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Once upon a time Americans were very sensitive on the subject of taxation. They even dumped British tea into the Boston Harbor as a protest against British taxes. And the American constitution was written to give an elected Congress the primary power to impose taxes.
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Staff Sergeant Ugarte Received A Battle Field Promotion

Staff Sergeant Ugarte received a battle field promotion from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant on July 1, 2018 by Lieutenant General Funk - the COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE-OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE Commander for exceptional performance while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.
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is a Clifton Park, New York native, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City and a freelance reporter and photographer. He received a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in 2003. He served two tours in Iraq as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army, wrote a 160-page guide to capture insurgents and earned a Bronze Star for meritorious service before being discharged as a captain in 2008. He is a certified personal trainer and will represent Ireland at the World Lacrosse Championships this summer (2010).