For some reason, my refusal to go along with budget extenders that
include budget cuts is causing unusual concern about my
responsibilities as a Democrat. As a Democrat, I am opposed to these
deep cuts that will disproportionately impact the lives of my
constituents and the lives of less fortunate New Yorkers.
I need to set the record straight about why I will not budge and why
I will not vote for another budget extender that includes tax cuts. (I
will vote for a budget extended that does not include tax cuts.) I want
New Yorkers to know about the three solid legislative initiatives I
support that would help balance the budget and fill the gaps. None of
these proposed bills will hurt the needy, and all of them will help New
1) Pass Senate Bill 1645 to create a New York State prescription
medication cost containment program. This bill would allow institutions
throughout New York State to make bulk purchases of prescription drugs
from Canada for our seniors. Schenectady County serves as a model for
this type of innovative program. In their first five years utilizing
the Canadian drug program, Schenectady County's savings in prescription
drug costs have exceeded $9.4 million. This innovative program needs to
be enacted throughout the State.
2) Pass Senate Bill S774 to force credit card companies to send
taxes they have already collected directly to New York State instead of
to the merchants. Presently, when people in New York make credit card
purchases, the credit card companies send the collected taxes back to
the merchants, instead of sending the money directly to the State.
These merchants are then supposed to send these sales taxes to the
State. For various reasons, many businesses only send an estimate or
portion, others send nothing at all, and others declare bankruptcy - -
as a result, New York State's budget loses $500-$600 million of tax
revenue already ... collected by credit card companies and owed to the
3) Enact legislation to collect taxes from cigarettes generated by
American Indians sales to non-Native Americans. In the fiscal year
2008-2009, 40 million cartons of cigarettes sold by Native American
were sold untaxed, translating to a loss of as much as $1.6 billion to
New York State.
While much attention has been given to the push and shove match in
Albany this year about our States budget, overlooked are fiscally
responsible proposals I have made and continue to support that could
save New Yorkers billions - yes, BILLIONS - of dollars to help fill
these budget gaps.
There is no excuse that these three pieces of legislation remain in
limbo. If and when they are enacted into law, weekly budget extenders
will no longer be necessary. No matter what happens in Albany on
Monday, I remain committed to representing my constituents and to
defending against cuts to the poor and the needy.
(This article was submitted to the media by Senator written on Sunday, June 13, 2010.)
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to Gerson Borrero:
On August 12, 2010, New York State
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz issued the following statement about El
Diario la Prensa journalist, Gerson Borrero:
constituents have approached me today to ask if Gerson Borrero
suffers from delirium tremors or just extreme psychosis?
have come on the heels of last night's performance by
Gerson Borrero on NY1's Road to City Hall when he and Curtis Sliwa
discussed my unification rally in Staten Island.
Gerson Borrero's outburst is causing great concern in our community.
At first I
brushed off his diatribe against me as being shameful and
ridiculous. Then, after thinking about it a little more, I also became
could not control himself during last night's interview
as he raged and ranted and accused me of being Lucifer. This is not
the first time that Gerson Borrero has one of these outbursts on
television. I recall an interview he gave with Andrew Kirtzman on NY1
when Gerson Borrero was cursing and got up while the camera were
rolling and walked off the set. It seems that he gets fired from every
job he gets - including jobs with Radio WADO and with Angelo Falcon's
Puerto Rican Public Policy. Gerson Borrero gets fired because he
cannot control himself, and I have to agree that his hostility and
unprofessional behavior border on being dangerous.
outbursts against me did offend me personally, I need for
Gerson Borrero to know that I do forgive him and that I join the ranks
of those New Yorkers who urge him to seek professional help