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    June 23, 2014

    A Taste of the Gastronomic Options in the Bronx

    Last week, Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and Baron Ambrosia hosted Taste of the Bronx, a sampling of restaurants from around the borough. The Baron, whose real name is Justin Fornal, is the Bronx's official culinary ambassador and self-proclaimed "quaffer of culinary consciousness," who ros ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Rubén Díaz Jr. Re-Elected Borough President in the Bronx

    Incumbent Democrat Rubén Díaz Jr. was re-elected borough president of the Bronx in a landslide. Díaz was not always running for re-election; he ditched his bid for public advocate and instead refocused his efforts on the borough presidency in November 2012. There weren't any races that were that ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    "Old-School Three Times Over": Meet Afrika Bambaataa, Cornell Professor

    Afrika Bambaataa has been an unofficial professor of hip-hop for so long, it makes perfect sense that Cornell University would appoint the pioneering Bronx-born DJ and founder of the Universal Zulu Nation to a three-year term as a visiting scholar. "Wherever I go on the planet, I'm always teachin' ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    NYPD: Black People Rarely Get Robbed, Frequently Get Shot

    The NYPD released new crime statistics earlier this week, and here's what we've learned: blacks and Latinos are shot more frequently than any other ethnic groups, blacks and Latinos shoot people at higher rates than any other ethnic group, and black people rarely get robbed.According to a new report ... More >>

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    June 24, 2012

    It's the First Anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act Passing and the Weather is Perfect: Happy Pride Sunday!

    One year ago today, we had the chance to travel to Albany for our first and only day of reporting there. As days of political reporting go, it did not disappoint. On arrival, the halls were filled with passionate protesters: those demanding that gay and lesbian people not be allowed to "sully" the ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    Bloomberg and Diaz Jr. Write Op-Ed In Favor of Fresh Direct's Move To The Bronx

    ​Mayor Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. weighed in on the Fresh Direct controversy stewing in the Bronx in a New York Daily News op-ed Sunday. Writing in favor of Fresh Direct's move to the South Bronx the two politicians tried to assuage critics' fears over the damage the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    21 Voice Stories from 2011 That Melted Even This Grizzled Journalist's Heart to Report

    James Worrell​Looking back, 2011 has been quite a year, especially on the gay rights front, one of our major beats. Like the cardiac organ caught in a bear trap accompanying Jen Doll's "Plight of the Single Lady," there were times when, objective reporter or not, the stories we were reporting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Ruben Diaz, Sr.: "I Praise the Lord" for Ability to Support Republican Bob Turner in NY -9

    C.S. Muncy​"Senator Reverend" Ruben Diaz, Sr., the sole Democratic Senator to vote against the Marriage Equality Act, has just announced that he's supporting Republican Bob Turner in tomorrow's special election in NY-9, which will fill the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner. Gee, we wonder...wha ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Lawsuit Challenges Gay Marriage in New York

    ​A day after gay couples across the state were married under the Marriage Equality Act that was passed June 24, a lawsuit has emerged that aims to kill the law and render gay marriages null in New York. The complaint, filed by the (Jerry Falwell affiliated) Liberty Counsel on behalf of New Yo ... More >>

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    June 25, 2011

    New Yorkers Celebrate Passage of Gay Marriage Bill; Did You Know Another Bill Was Passed Yesterday?

    via TPM Crowds gather outside the Stonewall Inn.​We're proud to be New Yorkers today after the state senate passed same-sex marriage last night! And so are the crowds who flooded the West Village to celebrate; revelers gathered outside the Stonewall Inn last night to mark the historic moment. Talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Rubén Díaz Sr. Chats with The Village Voice

    C.S. Muncy​In this week's Voice feature story, we took a look at Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz, Sr., the only Democrat in the State Senate still against same-sex marriage, and the main face of its opposition in Albany right now. Given our history with each other, we were quite surprised when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Carl Kruger, Two Other Dems Now Reportedly Support Gay Marriage

    Three more votes have reportedly been secured for gay marriage legislation working its way through the New York Senate, including Brooklyn Democrat Carl Kruger, who was formerly staunchly anti-gay but was recently outed. Three Democratic senators who voted "no" last time — Joseph Addabbo Jr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Senator Diane Savino: More Votes Needed for NY Gay Marriage

    Staten Island State Senator Diane Savino, whose impassioned speech from the floor of the New York Senate for marriage equality blew up in 2009, said last night that the new Senate effort is inching forward, but isn't nearly there yet. "As we speak, right now, we have 26 votes for this bill in the N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Marjorie Hill (GMHC) Responds to Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.'s Anti-Gay March Plans

    In response to Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.'s plan to hold an anti-gay marriage march at the same time as the AIDS Walk, Marjorie Hill, the CEO of Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), has responded:

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    May 4, 2011

    Ruben Diaz Sr Will Hold His Anti-Gay Marriage Rally the Same Day as AIDS Walk

    Son, my priorities come first.​Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. is clearly unhappy about being labeled the anti-HIV/AIDS, anti-LGBT bigot that he is. After Diaz, Sr. scheduled an anti-gay marriage rally during the annual AIDS Walk (and during his own son's Bronx Week festivities), we pointed out h ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Finally, a List of Who You Have to Blow in the New York State Senate to Get Gay Marriage

    Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Gay Marriage Activists Take on Easter, the Royal Wedding

    ​Marriage equality activists are stepping up their game this week, protesting increasingly high profile events to demonstrate for the right for gays to marry. Yesterday, members of Queer Rising and Connecting Rainbows, along with Lt. Dan Choi, marched down Fifth Avenue in the Easter Parade. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2011

    Open Letter to Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.: We Hope You Live a Long, Happy Life

    ​ Dear Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr.: I have read your open letter addressed to "The Editors of the Village Voice." As you noticed, in a recent update to this blog by Steven Thrasher on how irrelevant you are becoming in New York's inexorable move to making marriage equality a reality in this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Gay Takeaways From Election Night

    The first openly gay winner of yesterday's election won long before the polls even opened on the East Guam! A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam, openly gay Benjamin Cruz won re-election to the Guam Senate. Not nearly as far away but perhaps even more surprising, Jim Gray ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Marriage Equality Wins Upstate, Loses in the City

    Fight Back New York claimed victory shortly after the polls closed last night for taking down anti-gay marriage Senator Bill Stachowski of Buffalo. Supporting challenger Tim Kennedy, FBNY was celebrating their second successful hit of a senator who'd voted against marriage equality, following Hiram ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Hiram Monserrate Expelled, 53-8

    ​The State Senate just voted 53-8 to expel Hiram Monserrate immediately. Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Sr., Martin Malave Dilan, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada Jr., Kevin Parker, John Sampson, and Monserrate himself were the only no votes; Thomas Morahan was excused. Monserrate gave the final vote and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Bloomberg World in Collision: As of Now, Bronx Saying No to Armory Project

    Will Bloomie's world come crashing down in the Bronx?​Around City Hall this afternoon, fingers of blame will be pointing in all directions if - as seems likely at the moment - the mayor's proposal for the Kingsbridge Armory is voted down today. At last count, the Bronx council delegation and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​Kennedy Airport. Twitpic via sawyerlex. War on Christmas season swung into full effect. In a holiday spirit, the Staten Island D.A. tried shame on shoplifters. A GOP Congressman moved to read a pro-Christmas resolution into the House record. Andrea Peyser denounced the godless Bloomingdales ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ "I thought these only existed in cartoons." Twitpic by nataliemorales. Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and the War on Christmas is getting closer! How's that going? On the one hand, the Satanists managed to keep the sidewalk Santas out of New York; on the other, Christers mus ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    This Is, Apparently, Who We Have To Blow

    ​ ...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...

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    November 17, 2009

    Who Do We Have to Blow to Get Gay Marriage in New York?

    The frustrating circle-jerk in Albany.

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    October 23, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ "it's new york lol same shit lastnight some car was on fire in Fordham crazyy ass shit look." Twitpic by Itlabia. Can you believe last week at this time we were still thinking about Balloon Boy? Yes, that's how we passed our time before Steve Phillips, his "tubby temptress," and other exci ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Teen Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Bronx 92-Year-Old

    ​Cops picked up a 14-year-old boy (some sources say he is 18), Jamal Blair, and he is awaiting charges on the shooting of a 92-year-old woman in Williamsbridge. Sadie Mitchell was shot at her home on Tuesday when a bullet from a street fight crashed through her window and into her back; she di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Special Senate Committee will Consider Monserrate's Fate; GOP, Diaz Complain

    The state senate leadership finally announced it would establish a special committee to consider colleague Hiram Monserrate's membership. The committee will be chaired by Democratic on Manhattan underboss John Sampson senator Eric Schneiderman and include five Democratic senators -- including locals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Coup in Review: State Senators Weekend in Albany! Diaz Walks Out, Yonkers "Running On Fumes"

    Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend while the Albany Coup keeps your state senators stuck in Albany -- hardly a vacation destination -- under orders by Governor Paterson. The respective party leaders are brassing it out, refusing to be pushed into a settlement, and Ruben Diaz Sr. says he's going to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Board of Ed Revives But, Packed with Shills, Will Do Nothing

    We gotta admit, we thought it was a bluff. We assumed that when the Albany Coup senators let mayoral control of schools lapse at midnight, no one would step forward and say, "it is the time of the Judges!" But the Board of Education rose from the dead today and is meeting at the Tweed Courthouse to ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Coup in Review: Senate's Split Session May Not Count, They'll Try Again Today

    Governor Paterson says he's "disgusted" with yesterday's split session of the state senate, which went on till almost 2 a.m. with each party -- the Democrats minus Pedro Espada, and the Republicans plus Pedro Espada -- conducting its own business, sometimes simultaneously. It's not clear whether any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Coup in Review: Dems Lock In, GOP Goes to Court

    The state senate Democrats liked the way things went yesterday so much that they once again started the new special session early, locking themselves into the chamber this morning, and holding the podium by sticking Dems up there in two-hour shifts. (The special session is called for 3 p.m.) Now it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Special Election Today in Bronx, Soon in NY-23

    Whoops, turn around for a second and there's another special election. Today the vacated assembly seats of newly elected Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and his appointee to Deputy Beep, Aurelia Greene, are up for a vote. New York and the Bronx being what they are, no one expects Diaz Jr.'s a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Doomed Gay Marriage Bill Passes Assembly

    In a statement, Sheldon Silver expresses his pleasure that the gay marriage bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and backed by Governor Paterson, passed the assembly 89 to 52. "This is a matter of equity and justice," he say. "New Yorkers should have the right to marry who they chose." W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Yeah, we finally made it to Citi Field Wednesday. What do we think? We think Johan Santana is awesome. Swine Flu fucked up Cinco de Mayo, continued to be funny until we got it. Wait, actually it's still pretty funny, especially since we really didn't get swine flu. But even if! Anyway Raccoon ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    Bronx Dems Nominate Two for Special Election Seats

    Bronx Dems Marcos A. Crespo, Michael Robles, and Vanessa L. Gibson. Photo by Candice M. Giove. New Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. strode into a gallery at the Bronx Museum where members of the Bronx Democratic County from his former assembly district gathered to find a successor for his no ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Tolls Coming Back to MTA Rescue?

    Back in February it looked like bridge tolls were going to save us from the MTA Doomsday budget. But in March the tolls were tabled, and the MTA started lining up a crappier subway with $2.50 fares. But hark! What do we hear from Albany? They're talking about tolls again. Some modifications are bei ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Schumer Steps Up for Gay Marriage, His Own Skin

    So, what to make of Chuck Schumer's declaration in favor of gay marriage? It probably doesn't change much at the functional level, as Ruben Diaz and others hold marriage equality hostage in Albany. But with the states' Dems bruised by the unresolved state and MTA budgets and other issues, and the Go ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Malcolm Smith on Gay Marriage: "We Don't Have the Votes"

    In December, it was reported that Malcolm Smith had scrapped a deal with dissident Democrats to make him majority leader rather than accept state senator Ruben Diaz' demand that gay marriage leave the senate's agenda. The Empire State Pride Agenda and other marrige equality advocates praised Smith. ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    State Senate Deal Collapsing: Espada, Maybe Smith Out?

    Get this -- Pedro Espada, who was recently elevated from ethics punchline to incoming state senate majority leader, now says he's backing out of the deal. He told the Times he's "tremendously dismayed and disappointed that the office of the majority leader has been gutted and reduced to a sad joke o ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Smith Won't Drop Gay Marriage -- Deal with Dissidents Off

    Suddenly Malcolm Smith the Deal-Maker has become Malcolm Smith the Fighter for Principle. Smith says the state senate Democrats are "suspending negotiations" with the three dissidents who had been muscling the party for perks "because to do otherwise would reduce our moral standing." He also said "r ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Dems Deal -- Espada to Majority Leader?

    After weeks of holding out, it looks as if the "Gang of Three" -- renegade State Senate Dems Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, and Ruben Diaz -- have cut a deal with Malcolm Smith to unify the Democrats into a working majority when the Legislature convenes in January. But what is the deal? A couple of sour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Latino Power in Albany? More Pressure on Paterson

    Hmm. Yesterday Assemblyman and ousted Bronx Dem boss Jose Rivera called for the Governor to appoint a Latino to Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat. Now the Times-Union tells us that Hiram Monserratte, erstwhile member of the race-conscious Gang-of-Four State Senate rebels (with whom he ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Winning Bronx Dems Want Unity, May Pay For It

    As soon as the tryptophan wears off, Assemblyman Carl Heastie -- the court-decided victor in the Bronx Democratic County chairmanship fray -- will get straight to business. "Once we come back on Monday I'm going to hit the ground running," he said, at his first press conference since the ruling, ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Smith Peels Off a State Senate Dissident, Says He'll Allow Term Limits Vote

    Looks like Hiram Monserrate -- one of the Democratic State Senators who have been muscling their Party for more perks -- has cut a deal and will endorse Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader in the new term, per the New York Daily News. The News says word is Monserrate "will chair the Consumer Affairs Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Bronx Pol Calls Palin Winner, Biden Ali, Himself a "Patsy"

    Bronx State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz -- pro-life, anti-gay marriage -- is something of an anomaly in his party, so much so that the hot summer rumor had him caucusing with Senate Republicans in January should they lose control of that house. All because his fellow Dems might allow same-sex marriage. ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Spin Cycle: Bronx Rebels Sort Things Out in Former Laundromat

    Photo by Candice M. Giove The banner of the new Bronx Democratic County Committee headquarters hung over the awning of a South Bronx laundromat –- a symbol, perhaps, of the political clean-up planned by the occupying Rainbow Rebels. "We decided to start fresh and open a new headquarters because ... More >>

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    September 13, 2005

    Freddy & Al: Brief Encounter

    Freddy Ferrer and Al Sharpton went shopping Tuesday, leading a throng of onlookers into a Pathmark supermarket in the heart of Harlem, taking questions from the press and greeting shoppers and employees in the produce section. When someone suggested to Sharpton that he run for president in 2008, he ... More >>

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