Reverend Rubén Díaz was elected to the City Council in 2017, and had previously served in the New York State Senate since November 2002. He represents the South Bronx, including the communities of Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point, and Harding Park. As Council Member, Reverend Díaz will continue to work hard to improve economic opportunities, housing, health care, and education for the people of the Bronx.
Reverend Díaz was previously decisively elected to the New York City Council in 2001, representing the 18th District in the Bronx, including the communities of Bronx River, Castle Hill, Clason Point, Crotona Park, Harding Park, Parkchester, Soundview, and parts of Crotona Park East, Ferry Point, Hunts Point, West Farms, West Tremont, and Zerega. During his swearing-in ceremony, Reverend Díaz conducted the first Pentecostal religious service ever held inside City Hall. The sermon was delivered by Bishop Ephrain Navas González, Superintendent of the Northeastern District of the Church of God.
Reverend Díaz was born on April 22, 1943 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and attended the Miguel Such Vocational School in Río Piedras. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces and proudly served in the Army until he completed his tour of duty with an honorable discharge in 1963.