Today, Bronx elected officials and members of the Bronx Democratic Party joined community leaders, ministers, and taxi drivers to announce their support for Rev. Ruben Diaz's candidacy for the New York City Council's 18th District.
"Rev. Ruben Diaz has been a champion for the Bronx who has more experience fighting in Albany and City Hall than many of us combined," said Bronx Democratic Party Chairman Marcos A. Crespo. "For decades, he's delivered for his district by helping to create more affordable housing for our residents, more funding for better schools, more jobs for our unemployed and underemployed, and more services for our seniors. I'm proud to unequivocally endorse Rev. Ruben Diaz for City Council."
"As Secretary of Bronx County, I am confident that the 18th Council district will continue to progress under the guidance and leadership of New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.," stated Council Woman Annabel Palma. "He has a profound passion for serving the people of this borough, and I expect Reverend Diaz to flourish as he makes his transition to City Hall."
"I am so proud to call Ruben Diaz Sr. not only a fellow elected, but someone I consider to be a long time friend and mentor. His dedication, hard work and obvious caring in serving his constituents, in fighting injustice and building a better community has shown what an extraordinary representative of the people he is - and what others should be," said Assembly Member Luis R. Sepulveda. "While he has brought so much to his community while serving in Albany, I'm glad that he will be returning to the City Council. I know the people of the 18th Council District he has served in Albany will be even further helped and rewarded by electing Ruben Diaz as their new Council member."
"Senator Diaz is a legend in the South Bronx due to his stalwart advocacy for working men and women. From helping families receive food stamps to securing housing for seniors, the service he provides to his constituents is second to none," stated Councilman Rafael Salamanca. "He's been a partner to me in fighting for our community and I'm proud to support him in his campaign for the Council."
"Ruben Diaz, Sr. is a proven leader, having served in the New York State Senate and the New York City Council. Senator Diaz is a dependable force for economic development, health care, senior services, housing and education in the Bronx and I'm pleased to endorse Ruben Diaz, Sr. for New York City Council," said Councilman Fernando Cabrera.
"An ardent advocate for his constituents in Albany, Rev. Diaz will be the same in City Hall. I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy," said Assembly Member Michael R. Benedetto.
"State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has been a forceful advocate for the men and women who make up the livery industry in New York City and we need more of that advocacy in City Hall," said Assembly Member Victor M Pichardo. "I am confident that Rev. Diaz will be able to continue to bring about necessary reforms that will help many in the livery industry be able to provide for their families and afford a decent living. I am happy to endorse him for the New York City Council."
"As a State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz has been a powerful fighter for not only his district, but the entire Bronx. He has been a fierce champion for our seniors, for affordable housing, and for public education. I have no doubt he will bring that same passion and energy to the City Council. I am proud to endorse him in his new endeavor," said Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj.