‘The Old Guard’ Is Being Replaced

The last four elected officials of ‘The Old Guard’ (l-r) Assemblyman José Rivera, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the Assembly, Congressman José Serrano, the longest serving Hispanic elected official, and Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr.
Photo courtesy of Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr.’s Office

The veteran leaders of the city’s Hispanic leadership, once known as ‘The Old Guard’ are being replaced by younger Latinos, born and raised in New York, according to Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. That group helped better the community by advocating for things like the construction of the new Lincoln Hospital, bilingual education throughout the nation, ASPIRA, the Model Cities Student scholarship Program, The Hunts Point Multiservice Center, United Bronx Parents, The South Bronx Community Development and the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Reach Reporter Sarah Valenzuela at (718) 260-4584. E-mail her at svalenzuela@cnglocal.com.

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