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Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force Aims To Improve Academic Underachievement Hispanic youth are continuing to underachieve academically according to new statistics released from the New York State Department of Education.  The results of the statewide 2012 third through eighth grade aptitude tests indicate that Hispanic youth are still performing below average in English Language […]

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For Immediate Release       June 26, 2012 Contact: Angelica Pascacio / 518-455-5511 / pascacioa@assembly.state.ny.us NYS Assemblyman Nelson L. Castro Applauds New York City Budget Agreement on Child Care Funding (Bronx, NY. June 26, 2012) Assemblyman Nelson L. Castro congratulates the New York City Council, Speaker Christine Quinn, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for an important agreement on […]

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For Immediate Release Contact: Angelica Pascacio / 518-455-5511 / pascacioa@assembly.state.ny.us April 27, 2012  ***PRESS RELEASE***  New York State Assemblyman Nelson L. Castro Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Childcare Services “Childcare services are one of the major sources of income in my district and other communities across New York City. These issues represent a critical challenge […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: PRHTF@assembly.state.ny.us May 14, 2012 Bridging Early Achievement Gap The New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force works to provide educational opportunities to Hispanic children in New York State. (Albany, NY) With the recent successful passage of the Dream Fund in the New York State Assembly, the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto […]

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Dr. Gladys I. Cruz is the Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement at Questar III Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  In this role, she oversees the school improvement and professional development activities that serve 23 school districts in the Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene counties. She also oversees state funded contracts that include the Regional Special […]

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DREAM Fund Passes New York State Assembly   Chairman Felix W. Ortiz is proud to announce that after facing major scrutiny and controversy, the DREAM Fund passed the New York State Assembly Floor yesterday with 138 votes on the affirmative. Alongside immigration advocates, supporters, and thousands of immigrants throughout the state, Ortiz applauds this victory […]

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Hispanics in Early Childhood Development Moderator: Hon. Nelson Castro, NYS Assembly Member Hon. Adriano Espaillat, NYS Senate Member Panelist: George Sheldon, Acting Secretary, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Dr. Jose Alejandro, Case Management Kindred HealthCare Reglan George, Executive Director , DC 1707 AFSCME Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of New Vision for Children and Families […]

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To accommodate many requests for the slideshow presentation from the United States Census Bureau at the “Despedida” breakfast during our 25th Anniversary SOMOS Conference, we have posted the materials below for your convenience. Somos – Measuring Hispanics in NY Please click here to download the actual PDF file if you are unable to see the […]

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Members of the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican & Hispanic Task Force held a press conference calling Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to make Dream Act/Dream Fund priorities in the 2012 budget. This Dream Act/ Dream Fund legislation will allow undocumented students under certain qualifications to […]

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