Political RoundUp, July 8 – Abrazo Dominicano

Day Planner: For the second day in a row, Governor Cuomo is in New York City.

Serrano Urges Obama To Take Federal Action On Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

Rep. Serrano reiterated the need for congressional action to extend Chapter 9 bankruptcy protections to Puerto Rico.  He also acknowledged the recent 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Puerto Rico cannot enact its own bankruptcy law without federal authorization. He warned that without federal action the island will be forced to make severe austerity measures that will hurt both the Puerto Rican people and the national economy.  Serrano closed his letter alluding to Puerto Rico’s colonial status saying, “[Puerto Rico] has been ignored, underfunded, and marginalized” and that its economic problems are directly related to its territorial status. He called for a resolution of  the political status question.

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Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law his “Enough is Enough” legislation combating sexual assault on college and university campuses statewide. The new law requires public and private colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement to ensure the safety of all students attending colleges in New York State.

Serrano secures $700K In Funding for Union Community Health Center

Rep. José  E. Serrano announced that Union Community Health Center, Inc. (UCHC) was awarded $704,167 in federal grants to expand its primary care programs and open a new center at 2016 Bronxdale Avenue. The funds were awarded through the Health Resources and Services and Administration, U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Federal dollars secured to help nearly 95,000 job seekers with intensive career counseling

An $18 million federal grant has been awarded to New York that will continue reemployment services for persons receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits. The grant – the highest award in the nation – comes from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment initiative. The funding builds upon a grant for $10.3 million awarded in 2012, $11 million grant in 2013, and $18 million grant in 2014, which combined helped 178,788 unemployed New Yorkers. This year’s grant was increased based on the State’s performance and is anticipated to help more than 95,000 New Yorkers.

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The political team of Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Luis Sepulveda and Michael Blake announced that this year’s ‘Abrazo Dominicano In New York’ will take place on Friday, July 24 at Maestro’s Caterers at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue in the Bronx from 7 PM to midnight.

Seating is limited to the first 500 guests. For more information, contact Leila Martinez at 718-991-3161.


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