Dominicans in NY flock to DR senators’ committee meeting

The meeting held in the Bronx by the Permanent Commission of Dominicans Residing Abroad of the Senate of the Dominican Republic, chaired by Carlos Gómez, was well attended.

In addition to Gómez, representative of the Espaillat province, the commission was composed of Senators Valentín Medrano, Independencia; Franklin Rodríguez, San Cristóbal; Milcíades Franjul, Peravia; Lenin Valdez, Monte Plata; and Pedro Catrain, from Samaná, who received representatives of 70 organizations that came with different proposals on the problems that afflict the community.

Prior to the meeting, Gómez expressed that the legislators are interested in creating or modifying some laws in favor of the Dominican community, and that is why they want to listen to proposals from the community itself.

Among the political organizations present were AlPaís, PRSC, PLD, PRM, BIS, FP, PUM, País Posible, ADP, and the movements “Acción Rápida” and “Unificador José Rafael Abinader”.

Also, the Asociación de Bodegueros Unidos de América (UBA); Federación Dominicana de Asociaciones de Carga Marítima y Aéreas (Fedacama); the United Clubs of Queens and Manoguayabo; Casa Cultural Dominicana and the Dominican Paradas of El Bronx, New Jersey and Queens.

In addition, the Associations of Dominican Women Entrepreneurs; Dominican Police Officers (NIDO); CGT Taxi Drivers, Restaurants; Dominican Chamber of Commerce of the United States; Chiringueros Ausentes, Esperáncenos, Linieros and Pepineros.

Also, Puertoplateños USA, Nagüeros, Banilejos, Mocanos, Romanenses, and Sanjuaneros; Theater and Filmmakers; Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals (GAHLEP); and World Fire Academy Inc. among many others.

Senator Gómez spoke at the event, saying “today we are making history, as this is the first time that a commission of senators from the DR has visited this city with the purpose of working together for the common good”.

He added that “when I was elected senator, I was filled with emotion, because I was starting an important work in terms of three elements: the country, the Espaillat province, and to be able to work with Dominicans abroad”.

He added that the Commission for Dominicans Abroad “is the platform to promote plans and projects that benefit those of us who have lived outside our homeland”. Consul Jáquez and Congressman Adriano Espaillat also spoke.

Special guests included the prestigious and renowned physician Rafael Lantigua, businessman Cirilo Moronta, councilwoman candidate for the 26th District in Queens, Glennis Gómez, and consular officials Romona Almonte and Ana Valdez, among other personalities.

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