Abrazo Boricua Honors PR Trailblazers

(l-r) Assembly members Crespo and Nathalia Fernandez, council members Salamanca and Diaz, Assemblyman Pichardo and Senator Sepulveda welcomed everyone to the gala.
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Local elected officials joined 500 residents in honoring distinguished Puerto Rican trailblazers helping to better our borough and NYC. Hosted by council members Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Rafael Salamanca; Senator Luis Sepulveda and assembly members Marcos Crespo and Victor Pichardo, the annual ‘Abrazo Boricua in New York’ was celebrated on Thursday, June 7 at Maestro’s Caterers. This year’s leaders were Estel Fonseca, Mount Hope Housing Company vice president of Youth and Adult Services; Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Raul Russi, Acacia Network chief executive officer.

Raul Russi (c) proudly accepted his City Council Proclamation.
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Brooklyn District Attorney Gonzalez (c) was honored at this year’s Abrazo Boricua in New York.
Photo by Odette Scofield

Keynote speaker Governor Cuomo (c) happily accepted a custom jersey from the electeds.
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Estel Fonseca (c) graciously accepted her proclamation.
Photo by Odette Scofield

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