‘Abrazo Boricua In New York’ Honors Bronx Leaders

Luis Torres (3rd on l), C.S. 55 principal, proudly accepted his proclamations and citations from (l-r) Assembly members Crespo and Blake, Borough President Diaz, Assemblyman Sepulveda and Councilman Salamanca.
Photo by Miriam Quin

Local elected officials joined 500 residents in honoring distinguished Puerto Rican trailblazers helping to better our borough. Hosted by Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., assembly members Marcos Crespo, Luis Sepulveda and Michael Blake and Councilman Rafael Salamanca, the annual ‘Abrazo Boricua in New York’ was celebrated on Thursday, June 9 at Maestro’s Caterers to honor five distinguished members of the Puerto Rican community. This year’s leaders included Congressman Jose Serrano; Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, Urban Health Plan CEO; Bronx County Supreme Court Justice Lucindo Suarez; Luis Torres, C.S. 55 principal and Julia Cruz, Community Board 2 second vice chairwoman. Each honoree received citations of merit and proclamations.

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