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Health/Mental Hygiene Budget Bill Passes With Diaz's Help
June 28th, 2010

There was a brief bit of drama on the floor of the Senate when Sen. Ruben Diaz stood to explain his vote as the Senate took up its mental health and hygiene budget bill. Diaz had said he would vote against the budget bill. He said there were $5 million in cuts to programs for the elderly that someone tried to sneak by him. Diaz is the chair of the Senate committee on aging.

“I am the black guy with kinky hair and broken English. I am stupid.” Diaz said attacking whoever slipped the cuts into the budget thinking he would not notice. But Diaz announced he would vote for the bill out of respect for Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson. The bill passed along party lines.

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