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Organized Assistance for Puerto Rico

Posted by Derick Centeno on September 23, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

From: Melissa del Valle Ortiz

Subject: Relief Assistance Handout information


Good morning everyone:

Please see information attached for persons who may reach out to your organization with family and businesses in Puerto Rico. If you receive any calls regarding emergency services you can also direct them to the Office of Emergency Management in Puerto Rico. The Congresswoman’s offices are working to establish resources for stateside residents as they await notice from their families throughout affected areas.

Please remain patient as we coordinate our response efforts to serve the needs of residents in throughout the district.

In unity, Melissa

Melissa del Valle Ortiz | Community and Housing Coordinator | Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez

SW Brooklyn District Office | 16 Court Street, Suite 1006 | Brooklyn, NY 11241

T (718) 222-5819 | F (718) 222-5830 | [email protected]

Downloadable attachments associated with Melissa's notice:


Marc Anthony announces another service to assist Puerto Rico.  The link will lead to a video he made on


The Make a Wish Foundation is looking for Bronx Volunteers!

Posted by Derick Centeno on September 15, 2017 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Erica Sandoval, LMSW

Regional Director, Medical and Community Relations

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York

Dear Bronxites:

The Make-A-Wish organization is looking for Bronx Volunteers. They have a backlog of 228 Bronx children waiting for volunteers to identify their wishes.

How can you help?:

Become a volunteer (Application Attached)

  1. ) Become a volunteer (Application Attached) 
  2. ) Host a volunteer information session with your organization—This can take the place of the required orientation.
  3. ) Promote this Volunteer Opportunity with your networks and interested individuals.


Erica Sandoval, LMSW

Regional Director, Medical and Community Relations

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York


1111 Marcus Ave Ste..LL22

Lake Success, NY 11042

[email protected]

Phone: 516 944-6212 ext 104

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Tracy A. McDermott 

Director of Community Services

851 Grand Concourse 

Bronx, NY 10451

NACOPRW Support For The University of Puerto Rico

Posted by Derick Centeno on September 13, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Ada Lopez

NaCOPRW National Committee Chairperson 

Subject: On behalf of the University of Puerto Rico.

I have attached a copy of the letter sent to the chairman of the Fiscal Control Board in support of the University of Puerto Rico on behalf of NACOPRW.  I like to thank all those who provided us with feedback and suggestions.

The Committee for Puerto Rico is also deeply concerned over actions taken by the Secretary of Education to minimizing the importance of the study of Puerto Rican history.  This is troubling because we know that a people can loose their identity.

As an example, at one point in our history, the US government eliminated the celebration of the Three Kings.  It was the great anthropologist and archeologist Don Ricardo Alegria who worked tirelessly with the Secretary of Education at the time to declare this time of the year a school holiday.  This is how the Three Kings holiday was recovered.

Another example, was the work done to save of Old San Juan when the US Navy wanted to turn most of it into parking lots.  Today El Viejo San Juan is registered with the United Nations as part of the patrimony of humanity thanks to the efforts of Puerto Ricans like Don Alegria.

These are the reasons I look forward to our continued work. Please share the attached letter with your members and friends.



NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz February Report

Posted by Derick Centeno on March 4, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Click here for NYS Assemblyman Ortiz's February Report.

An IRS Reminder: Avoid the Rush

Posted by Derick Centeno on March 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

An announcement/reminder from the IRS: Avoid the Rush.

Congressman Serrano on the Passing of Former Representative Robert Garcia

Posted by Derick Centeno on January 27, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The full commentary by Congressman Serrano is available here.

PRBA Expresses Appreciation for President Centeno's Support

Posted by Derick Centeno on January 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

From: Puerto Rican Bar Association, Inc.


Date: January 21,2017 at 3:17 PM

To: Michelle Centeno


Thank you for joining us for the Puerto Rican Bar Association 2017 Induction of President, Board and Officers.




Webmasters Note: Photos here.


Governor Cuomo Proposes to Make Child Care More Affordable

Posted by Derick Centeno on January 7, 2017 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Click here to read Governor Cuomo's proposal made on January 5th, 2017 assist middle class families with childcare costs.

NACOPRW - "With childcare costs consuming a considerable portion of middle class families’ incomes, this tax credit will help more working parents statewide - especially single mothers and single fathers - ensure that their child is in safe, quality care during the day. From enacting paid family leave to a $15 minimum wage, Governor Cuomo has continued to lead the nation in protecting for our working men and women and this action is another step forward in that fight. This tax credit will help ease the financial burden that high childcare costs have on working families and ultimately ensure that our next generation under proper supervision are nurtured during their parents' workday."

Governor Cuomo Proposes to Make College Tuition Free for NY Middle-Class Families

Posted by Derick Centeno on January 7, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

On January 3rd, 2017 within Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech he peoposed a Tuition Free Degree Program: The Excelsior Scholarship.

Click here to download the flyer whose image is below; it provides an overview to the proposal.

MCU Scholarship 2017 Application Opportunity

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 29, 2016 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

From President Michelle Centeno:

I discovered today MCU is offering scholarship opportunities to graduating 2017 high school students going to college. The applicant must be an MCU member or dependent or grandchild of an active MCU member.

The deadline to submit is January 7, 2017. below is the link to view the scholarship application guidelines or just go to the MCU Home Page for further details.

"Share" with anyone you know who is an MCU member, this is a great scholarship opportunity.