Adriano Espaillat's Constituent stories

Estela Vazquez

Estela Vazquez is Executive Vice President of 1199 SEIU, the largest healthcare union in the country and the largest union local in the country. Ms. Vazquez diligently represents the 15,000 hospital workers at Montefiore, Beth Israel and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Centers, among other institutions. 

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ms. Vazquez became politically active in 1961 as a junior high school student, joining demonstrations to demand the removal from government of the family and supporters of the brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo, who had been in power for 31 years. 

May 13, 2013
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Zenaida Mendez

Zenaida Mendez was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States as a teenager with her family. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in government and public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in public administration from the City University of New York, Graduate School of Public Aff airs.

As a result of her hard work and dedication, Mayor David Dinkins appointed Ms. Mendez to his officeof Latino Aff airs in 1990. From 1992 to 1994 she served as special assistant to the New York City Commissioner of Human Rights, and for fi ve years she was legislative assistant to Representative Charles B. Rangel. 

May 15, 2012
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Merlin German

Merlin German, a United States Marine Sergeant in Iraq, became a symbol of recovery throughout the world, soon known as the "Miracle Marine," during the 17 months he spent hospitalized following a blast in 2005.  Sergeant German eventually regained the ability to walk, and set up a charity for child burn victims.  Sadly, just over three years after the blast, he died following a minor skin graft surgery.

June 9, 2011
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Jeanne B. Mullgrav

Jeanne B. Mullgrav’s quest was to make New York City a better place to live. After being appointed as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Ms. Mullgrav has done just what she set out to do.

May 20, 2011
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