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A Visit to Nostrand Avenue

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 30, 2017 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Members and Friends,

This morning I drove out to Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn to a Family Shelter on Nostrand Ave where the displaced family from Puerto Rico (a single mother with four children) were placed even though two of the children are enrolled in the Bronx public school. What a commute that is!!!

Thanks to Taina Vasquez, Maria del Carmen Latimer and a personal friend of mine who donated in total ten to twelve huge bags of clothing, shoes, hand bags and towels of excellent quality to the family of Suzette Sanchez. Plus we contributed $100 cash to cover costs for school supplies for the children and whatever incidentals for New Years celebration. I took pictures of Ms. Sanchez and one of her daughters when I dropped off the clothing donations with my iphone but I don't know how to forward it to my email. When I get it figured out I will send it to everyone and post it onto the NaCOPRW Social Media.

Ms. Sanchez conveyed to me her daughters are thrilled with the clothing that was donating, trying everything on, and the oldest daughter who is 21 said now she can apply for a job because she has decent grown up clothing to go to an interview to apply for a job.

So our next challenge is to assist with getting her 21 year old daughter with a job and her goal is to go to college starting in the summer and to assist to get them an apt in The Bronx. If anyone knows of an apt they can rent of three bedrooms from $800 to $1200 a month paid for by Social Services (must be from a family acquaintance or friends (which is us) the rent will get paid by Social Services. I really want to get them out of Brooklyn and get them placed in The Bronx so the commute is not so challenging and such a long commute distance for the two children.


Michelle Centeno, President

NACOPRW New York Chapter

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Vamos 4 PR

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Estimada/o Michelle,

En esta temporada de fiestas de fin de año, millones de personas en Puerto Rico no tienen mucho que celebrar. Cientos de miles de familias aún carecen de electricidad confiable y continúan teniendo dificultades para satisfacer muchas de sus necesidades básicas.

Firme nuestra tarjeta navideña para decirle al Congreso que antes de partir para disfrutar de sus vacaciones, ¡deben encargarse de los millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses que sufren en la isla y que están pidiéndoles ayuda!

Puerto Rico necesita una propuesta de ayuda que no solo asista a las familias necesitadas, sino que también sea suficiente para reconstruir Puerto Rico de este desastre sin precedentes. Una propuesta de $ 81 mil millones de ayuda presentado esta semana, que cubre los daños causados por los huracanes Harvey, Irma y María, así como los incendios forestales de California, tiene pocos detalles sobre cómo abordaría las necesidades de Puerto Rico. Y la última oferta de ayuda de la Casa Blanca solo otorgaba préstamos a una isla con una economía paralizada por una recesión de una década de duración, una crisis de deuda masiva y daños severos por tormentas.

¡Firme nuestra tarjeta para decirle al Congreso que los puertorriqueños merecen una #RecuperacionJusta para navidad!


Héctor Figueroa

Presidente, 32BJ SEIU

Miembro de la Junta Directiva, VAMOS4PR

A Message from Wanda Gordils, NACOPRW National President

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 30, 2017 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Please see the message below received from the NaCOPRW National President. Please make the calls to support the much needed efforts on behalf of Puerto Rico. NaCOPRW is affiliated with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)

I’m sharing this information with all to share with your Chapters very important information please review and call the telephone numbers below in Washington DC to help our people and Island of Puerto Rico. We need to put the pressure on in Washington DC from all NACOPRW Chapters. Thank you in advance and many Blessings. Moving forward.


National President, Wanda Gordils

Mobile # 219-218-2737

Chicago Chapter Delegate

Subject: RE: NHLA Assistance on Tax Reform Bill and Puerto Rico

Here is the toolkit from a coalition HF is engaged in (#Power4PuertoRico) with some suggested tweets related to the tax reform cuts.

The current tax reform bill in Congress includes a provision to impose a 20% excise tax on the repatriated profits and 12% on intellectual property of Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFCs) operating in Puerto Rico.

Moreover, it would eliminate the federal tax deduction for local taxes paid to Puerto Rico.

Most large pharmaceuticals and other large corporations operating in Puerto Rico are CFCs. If this passes, it would further devastate Puerto Rico. Companies would have no incentive to stay.

It is estimated that Puerto Rico would lose 170,000 direct and indirect jobs, and would lose $2 billion in the government's revenue (1/4 of all government revenues). You can imagine the impact after the debt crisis and the hurricane.

The tax bill is in conference. We are trying to mobilize people in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania (all three states have significant Puerto Rican populations) to call their Republican senators (Cornyn, Portman, Toomey) who are on the conference committee to oppose this measure.

We are looking at every avenue to get help and as many calls to the senators as possible.


Washington DC Office Numbers –


Sen. Pat Toomey: (202) 224-4254

Sen. John Cornyn: 202-224-2934

Sen. Rob Portman: 202-224-3353


Congress must do no harm to Puerto Rico. New tax legislation presently considered by Congress would disastrously:


  1. Levy a 20 percent excise tax on goods manufactured by subsidiaries of U.S. corporations in Puerto Rico;
  2. tax 12.5 percent of income from intellectual property held by U.S. corporations in Puerto Rico; and
  3. stop U.S. corporations operating in Puerto Rico from deducting local Puerto Rico taxes from their Federal tax returns.

These provisions would force U.S. companies operating in Puerto Rico to move to countries with cheaper labor costs, resulting in an estimated loss of 170,000 jobs or close to 20 percent of non-agricultural jobs in Puerto Rico, on top of the more than 32,000 jobs already lost as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Over $2 billion of tax revenues, or about one quarter of Puerto Rico’s tax revenues, would be lost if these U.S. companies leave.

Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. It should be excluded from these and any other changes to the tax code that treat and penalize Puerto Rico as a foreign country.

When Congress decided to phase out Section 936 of the Internal Revenue Code over 100,000 jobs were lost as U.S. corporation moved to cheaper labor markets. The end of Sec. 936 in 2006 catapulted Puerto Rico into a recession that culminated in Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis and the net loss of over 500,000 Puerto Ricans who migrated to the mainland. Puerto Rico cannot afford to lose more of its talent and tax base.

If Puerto Rico is treated as a foreign country in new tax legislation it will be unable to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Maria, even with a generous Federal disaster assistance package.

In addition, Congress must extend the Child Tax Credit to families of one and two children in Puerto Rico. Currently, families in Puerto Rico pay Federal payroll taxes which can be used to claim the Child Tax Credit if they have 3 children or more. Applying to Puerto Rico the same tax benefit available in the 50 states would help mitigate the economic losses of working families after Hurricane Maria and incentivize families with children to stay on the island.

Congress must allow Puerto Rico residents to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. This measure will alleviate post-Hurricane Maria poverty by supplementing earned income and providing an incentive for people to join the formal economy as Puerto Rico recovers.


ASPIRA de Puerto Rico

Unidos por Puerto Rico

Instituto Nueva Escuela

Supports Montessori Public Schools in Puerto Rico

Pioneros: A Documentary

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 19, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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Displaced Puerto Rican Single Mother with her four children in The Bronx

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 18, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Members & Friends,

A single mother with her four children were forced to leave Puerto Rico and are currently staying at her former husband's sister apt on St Ann's Avenue in The Bronx. It is a very tight squeeze and uncomfortable. She has 2 sons whom are ages 24 & 11 years old & 2 daughters whose ages are 15 & 21 years old.

They were interviewed by Sandra Rivera at her office. Ms. Sanchez has a voucher from Puerto Rico, she applied to FEMA for food stamps and was denied here in NYC. They are in need of food and clothing. She is desperate to even move to a shelter.

I referred Sandra to reach out to the NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito because where they are staying right now temporarily is within her district. Sandra was going to call on their behalf. We are collecting clothing, food and money donations to assist them. Ms. Sanchez wears XXL, the children wear Small.

Gloria Rivera told me one of the pastors she knows has already taken in a family. If you know of any other pastor whom can assist please let me know.

If anyone can assist will be a blessing.


Michelle Centeno, President

NACOPRW New York Chapter

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Student Support by NACOPRW NY

Posted by Derick Centeno on December 6, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

From President Centeno:

Attached is the photo of the presentation of $2,000 check to pay off the balance of Jocelyn Anderson tuition to complete her senior year at Cardinal Spellman High School. Jocelyn with her family had to leave Puerto Rico due to the hurricane disaster. Thanks to Luz Rios, whom I met just last month at an event where Maribel Gonzalez was receiving recognition, I mentioned to Luz of the tuition deficit for Jocelyn Anderson, NaCOPRW NY had already contributed $500 towards her tuition. Luz Rios, without hesitation replied, "Presente!!!" and went to the bank and got a certified check of $2,000 to pay off Jocelyn's tuition.

Photo Description:

Jocelyn Anderson holding the $2000 check that came courtesy of Ms. Rios.  Ms. Anderson is flanked by her grandparents, along with Fr. Peter R. Pilsner, Director of Spiritual Activities and Mr. Daniel O'Keefe, President of Cardinal Spellman High School.

Medical Emergency Charter Flights from Puerto Rico to NYC

Posted by Derick Centeno on October 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Message from President Centeno:

I received a phone call from Aisha Ahmed Hernandez informing me a group of people have chartered a plane to transport anyone in Puerto Rico who has health issues and needs to leave the island due to the health issues. The person(s) will be transported via the chartered flight to NYC for free as long as the person(s) meets the criteria. I am awaiting further details. If you know of anyone in Puerto Rico requiring to leave due to health issues please email me: [email protected].

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center

Posted by Derick Centeno on October 9, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center provides free and confidential individual, couples, family, and group therapy for veterans and their family members regardless of discharge status, combat exposure, or era served. We provide treatment for posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, readjustment difficulties, relationship problems, along with a variety of other challenges military families may experience. Additional services include treatment for alcohol and substance use as well as assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury. Our highly skilled clinicians have deep appreciation for and sensitivity to the military culture and its unique strengths and challenges and are passionate about helping veterans and military families. The treatment we provide is flexible and integrative and is rooted in evidence-based principles.

Interested individuals can call our intake line at (855) 698-4677 or e-mail us at: [email protected].

Governor Cuomo Launches Statewide Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico

Posted by Derick Centeno on October 9, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

NYS Governor Cuomo announced a Statewide relief effort to support Puerto Rico.  This includes providing medical supplies, personnel and technical assistance to Puerto Rican Hospitals.  He also announced a Puerto Rico Relief & Rebuilding Fund and a Statewide Donation Drive.  Click here to learn more details.

NYPD Disaster Relief Donation Drive

Posted by Derick Centeno on October 8, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Click here to download the flyer with active embedded hyperlinks for your convenience.  Click here for more information from the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau regarding this effort.