Gustavo Rivera's Constituent stories

William Arthur Francis

William Arthur Francis represented his country in the United States Air Force from February 1965 to October 1968. He served in Vietnam at the 7th Air Force Headquarters on Tan Son Nhut Air Base from June 1967 to May 1968, and upon completion of his service, Mr. Francis received an honorable discharge as an E4 Sergeant and was awarded both the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.  

May 20, 2015

Carmen G. Rivera

Carmen G. Rivera has been an active community organizer and activist for more than 40 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Community & External Affairs for VIP Community Services. Previously on the VIP Community Services’ Board of Directors for 30 years, she also served as its chair.

Ms. Rivera was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Her bilingual and bicultural background provided her with a unique sensitivity to the plights of immigrants and those with language barriers – thus beginning a career full of volunteerism. Most notably, a local priest at St. Anthony’s – Reverend Father Robert Banome – helped nurture her thirst for spiritual ministry and activism.

May 13, 2015

Israel Lugo-Jorge

Sergeant Israel Lugo-Jorge was born in Puerto Rico, but has called New York home since he was a year old. In 1967, at the age of 19, Sergeant Lugo-Jorge felt called to serve his country in the Vietnam War and enlisted in the Armed Forces.

May 17, 2014

Gloria Alston

Gloria Alston was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and came to live in New York in the 1960s. She is a dedicated advocate, community leader and proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Ms. Alston earned her GED while working as a Temporary Researcher at the Neighborhood Medical Care Demonstration. Soon after, she was hired at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center (MLK) and, through its training programs, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health Administration from Empire State College. 

May 13, 2014

Don Thomas

Don Thomas was born in Richmond, Virginia, but has called the Bronx home for the last four decades. In 1949, Mr. Thomas joined the Army and Aircraft Artillery branch of the military to help his mother raise his five brothers and sisters. During the three years that he served, Mr. Thomas engaged in a number of military confl icts, including the Korean War.

May 20, 2013

Dr. Saadia Josefina Fersobe

Saadia Josefina Fersobe, a native of the Dominican Republic, is not only known for her love of helping others, but also for her impressive academic achievements. Obtaining her medical degree at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dr. Fersobe pursued post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, was awarded a master’s degree in Nutrition and Nourishment and has served as an endocrinologist intern at Ambiguous Genitalia Clinic, Dr. Robert Read Cabral Hospital. In addition, she served as Prevention of Deficit of Iodine Disorder Coordinator at the Ministry of Public Health.

May 13, 2013

LaTanga Blair

LaTanga was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined the Army at the age of twenty in order to travel the world and gain a new perspective about herself through exposure to diverse cultures and people. 

During her time in the Army, LaTanga served in a peace time operation called Sinai Peace Keeping and Observers, which upheld the peace between Israel and Egypt. She also processed soldiers in Dharhran, Saudi Arabia, and assisted the Airforce with loading outgoing aircraft, and setting up and assisting with administrations. During Operation Desert Storm, LaTanga worked as Acting E-5 Sergeant.

May 18, 2012

Dilletta Pina

Dilletta Pina is an accomplished woman of incredible strength and compassion. Born in the Dominican Republic, Ms. Pina moved to the United States with her mother when she was seven years old. During the years that followed, Ms. Pina traveled between the Dominican Republic and the United States, receiving a multi-cultural education. 

May 15, 2012

Karen Washington

Karen Washington has been a passionate and dedicated advocate in her community for over 25 years. An active member in her Bronx community, Ms. Washington has made a second career out of serving as a leader and grassroots activist working to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and advocate, Ms. Washington has worked with  neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. She has stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation and the need for fresh vegetables. As a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, Ms. Washington launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors in the Bronx.

May 11, 2011
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