You should know that Abel Cedeño was a 19-year Bronx Gay youth when he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for taking the life of another teen during a fight in a Bronx Public School.
It is important for you to know that on September 12, 2019, Mr. Paul Schindler Editor in Chief of “The Gay City News,” wrote an article under the title: “Justice Ignored in the Bronx” in which he gave me credit for my stand. He wrote “Among Bronx Public Officials, the only one who stepped forward prominently to support Cedeño’s right to be treated with mercy” https://www.gaycitynews.com/justice-ignored-in-the-bronx/
In the same article, Mr. Schindler criticized Councilmember Richie Torres, Assemblyman Michael Blake and Melissa Mark-Viverito for their silence when a 19-year old, Bronx gay youth needed their help.
You should also know that even though Mr. Paul Schindler in the past has criticized me, I do appreciate his professional, fairness, and impartial journalistic ethics this time by recognizing my effort on behalf of Abel Cedeño.
I am Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz, and this is what you should know.