FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG HOSTS DOMINICAN HERITAGE RECEPTION
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg paid tribute to the achievements of the Dominican community and celebrated the community’s rich heritage at a reception at Gracie Mansion. Mayor Bloomberg presented certificates of recognition to young New Yorkers of Dominican heritage including John F. Kennedy Jr. High School student and PSAL Heisman Award Winner Amauris Fermin, and Mott Hall graduate and community activist Ysmeli Rosa. Joining Mayor Bloomberg in celebrating the heritage of the City’s Dominican community at Gracie Mansion was Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Roman, Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Guillermo Linares, Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, fashion designer Oscar De La Renta, Dominican Parade President Nelson Peña, Parade Grand Marshall Dr. Eliscer Guzman, H.E. Erasmo Lara-Peña of the Dominican Republic’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Congressman Victor Bisono Haza from the Dominican Republic, legendary merengue musician Joseito Mateo and singer Camboy Estevez.
On Sunday, August 14th, Mayor Bloomberg will celebrate the anniversary of The Restoration of the Dominican Constitution which took place on August 16, 1865 by marching in New York’s largest Dominican parade on 6th Avenue. Two other Dominican parades take place every summer – La Gran Parada Dominicana del Bronx and the Brooklyn Dominican Day Parade. New York is the home to the largest number of Dominicans living outside of the Dominican Republic.
Donations for the event were made by Blue Ivy, Inc., Brugal, Consulado de la Republica Dominicana, El Conde Restaurant, El Malecón Restaurant, Festival Internacional Dominicano, Goya Foods, Hispaniola Restaurant, Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation, La Cabaña Antojitos Dominicanos, La Nueva España Restaurant, Lino Press, Marisco Centro, Nacional Supermarket Association, Presidente Beer, Rancho Jubilee, Ruddy Restaurant, Sandia Restaurant, Sonia Restaurant, Teleworld Corporation and Unioncard Telecard Alliance.
Edward Skyler / Silvia Alvarez (212) 788-2958