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  City Hall Library Notes, September 2008


By Christine Bruzzese

Hispanic/LatinoHeritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. This article highlights some resources in the City Hall Library pertaining to Hispanic/Latino life, culture and history in New York City.

Annual Report on Hispanic Concerns was published by the Mayor's Office in 1987 and 1988 in response to recommendations from the Mayor's Commission on Hispanic Concerns. This publication outlines initiatives undertaken by city agencies to improve services to Hispanic New Yorkers.

Between Two Nations: the Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City by Michael Jones-Correa studies Hispanic immigrant populations in Queens and their involvement in the American political process. Issues examined include problems immigrants encounter and how political organizations in Queens ignore Latino immigrants' concerns. Strategies for better understanding the political process are also discussed.

The Growing Latino Presence in the Tri-State Region was published in 1988 by the Regional Plan Association. Facts and statistics on increases in the Latino population are presented along with possible reasons for the growth. The impact of the increasing Latino population on services such as health care, job training, child care and education is discussed.

The Puerto Rican New Yorkers was published in 1982 and 1994 by the Department of City Planning. Using data from the 1980 and 1990 censuses, these reports offer background information on the Puerto Rican population in New York City. Indicators such as income, occupation, language proficiency and household type are presented and analyzed.

Vertical files offer newspaper and other clippings on the Hispanic/Latino issues. Biographical files include resources on such prominent Hispanic-American New Yorkers as Herman Badillo, Fernando Ferrer and Nydia Velazquez.

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