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SUSHI “APLATANADO” – UNA EXQUISITA FUSION DE GASTRONOMIA JAPONESA Y DOMINICANA

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Ella, dominicana oriunda de Salcedo; el, puertorriqueño de padres dominicanos. Se conocieron y decidieron unir sus vidas y sus talentos para crear un feliz matrimonio y la combinación más espectacular y deliciosa en todo Nueva York: MAMASUSHI

Un restaurant que ofrece una fusión de comida latino-japonesa creada pensando en los amantes de los mariscos y la gastronomía japonesa pero que no le gusta comer pescado crudo. Este acogedor lugar se encuentra en el mismo corazón de Washington Heights: 237 Dyckman Ave, ubicado en una zona vibrante y populada de diversos restaurantes, se convierte en el setting perfecto para aquellos que aman probar y experimentar con diferentes sabores, elementos y la cocina internacional.

La idea de crear un restaurante donde se mezclara la cocina japonesa con ingredientes netamente latinos surgió cuando los dueños de la famosa línea de restaurantes Mamajuana; Susana Osorio y Raymond Hernández decidieron abrir una nueva sucursal, “mi esposo tuvo la idea de comenzar a inventar con substitutos para los ingredientes tradicionales del sushi y pensamos en agregar carne, bistec, pollo, longaniza, pero jamás imaginamos el éxito tan grande que tendrían estas combinaciones en el gusto del público”, nos dice Susana.

MAMASUSHI cuenta con una variedad de 45 rollos de sushi originales de la casa donde se ponen de manifiesto el origen de sus propietarios y la comunidad a la que sirven con la selección de rollos de sushi de carne de puerco, queso frito, tocineta y plátanos maduros y donde se le dan a los platos nombres tan singulares y tan típicamente dominicanos como El Campesino, El Merengue, La Chapiadora y El Montro. En adicción a estas innovaciones el restaurant cuenta con el sushi tradicional japonés y así también como con una gran variedad de platos principales.

Sushi - Acompañado de ingredientes como Platano Maduro y Longaniza

Sushi – Acompañado de ingredientes como Platano Maduro y Longaniza

“Hemos hecho una contribución a la gastronomía general no solo de nuestro concepto”, nos cuenta Hernández, “sino que mantenemos los mismos estándares de la cocina japonesa añadiéndole nuestro toque caribeño, que es una combinación que encanta a los clientes”

En principio fue un reto para la pareja encontrar un chef japonés que quisiera experimentar sus creativas recetas con las recetas de sushi original, hasta que conocieron a su chef ejecutivo David Núñez, alumno del chef Morimoto que pertenece a una de las más importantes escuelas de comida asiática y a quien le encanto la idea de “aplatanar” al sushi y darle un toque latino y tropical.

Además de encontrar un ambiente acogedor y elegante, las combinaciones más originales para los amantes del sushi y los que disfrutan la comida latina, en MAMASUSHI también se ofrecen una variedad de cocteles y tragos como el mojito de guanábana o de agua de coco.

Esta pareja de latinos luchadores y progresistas atribuye el secreto de su éxito al respecto hacia el cliente, la dedicación de su personal y la consistencia, calidad y sabor de todos los platos que sirven. A sido tal la popularidad del concepto del Sushi “aplatanado”, que muchos clientes ahora piden en los restaurantes tradicionales que le añaden el plátano maduro a sus rollos favoritos para sorpresa de los chef asiáticos.

Una opción nueva, diferente e innovadora que promete convertirse en franquicia corporativa y que demuestra una vez más la determinación de nuestra gente de salir adelante y llevar su orgullo y su cultura ha ciudades tan grandes como Nueva York. La próxima vez que piense en sushi recuerde que MAMASUSHI es una experiencia que debe tratar.

SUSHI MÁS POPULARES EN MAMASUSHI

EL CAMPESINO: Salami, queso frito, aguacate y plátano maduro
BOCA CHICA: Salmon, tuna, Camarón, Cangrejo y pepino
VILLA MELLA: Carne de res, chicharrón y aguacate
THREE AMIGOS: Tuna, salmón, pescado y piña.

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Susana Osorio - Propietaria de Mamasushi

Susana Osorio – Propietaria de Mamasushi

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No Thank You, Cruz: Two Latino Groups Say No to Ted Cruz

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Last week started off with somewhat of a disappointment when Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination to run for President of the United States of America in 2016. If all goes to plan for Cruz he could become the first Latino President of the United States. And it is this prospect not many are too keen about.

Son of a Cuban father and an American mother, the thought of Cruz winning the chance to run for the White House in the 2016 election and possibly becoming the first Latino president in the country’s history is quite upsetting because not only does he pose a threat to all Americans, but his very own political views threatens to alienate Latinos living in this country.

Accepted by the tea party and most conservatives, Cruz is what you can call the boy scout of anti-immigration rhetoric who has made it very clear how much he opposes any plans made by President Barack Obama’s in his executive action on immigration that would help the many undocumented citizens currently living in the country.

Of the estimated 1.4 million or more immigrants who currently live in the country, if Cruz would become the next president you can most likely expect programs under the Deferred Action to be at risk.

Children immigrants who entered the country under the age of 30 are typically referred to as Dreamers, promptly named after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act that was heavily campaigned for back in the early 2000s that aimed at providing a reprieve to youths identified as immigrants and faced deportation because of this status. While popular and heavily fought for the act failed to pass, but all was not lost.

From its defeat, the Dream Act lived on in several other programs aimed at aiding immigrants as well as one coalition. The Dream Action Coalition is an organization that defends the rights of immigrant youths or Dreamers who benefit under a program President Obama announced back in October 2012.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a program aimed at helping undocumented immigrants who entered the country prior to their 16th birthday, completed or are enrolled in high school or an educational program of some sort, and were under 31 as of June 15, 2012 who have been residing continuously in the country since 2007.

And as of November 20, 2014, when President Obama revealed his executive action and plans regarding immigration he announced that the DACA program will be expanded into early 2015 and would now include undocumented immigrants of age 31 and up with undocumented immigrants who have resided continuously within the United States since January 1, 2010.

The only policy of Ted Cruz that Latinos hear is that he wants to do away with DACA for the dreamers, block (the associated) DAPA (program) for our parents and obstruct immigrant reform for years longer,” said Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola, co-directors of the Dream Action Coalition, discussing what Cruz would do if given the power of presidency.

Much like DACA, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or DAPA is a program also announced last November by Obama and it is aimed at helping undocumented parents avoid deportation and separating from their children who are U.S. citizens or are permanent residents and prove that they have lived in the country since before January 1, 2010. Parents of legal residents must also have no a criminal record.

The intention of both programs is to ensure that children, their parents, and families in particular who present no harm and are trying to live a normal life do not fall under the ramifications of their status and must endure a separation because one or more members of the family are illegal and face deportation.

But to politician like Cruz, they do not see the scenario above as an issue nor do they see immigrants as human beings. They see immigrants as locusts that need to be dealt with, which goes against some of their very own personal, religious beliefs.

Although Ted Cruz has a Latino name and immigration in his past, there the similarities between the Latino community and him end,” said Vargas and Andiola, further making their displeasure with Cruz known.

Joining the coalition in their feelings regarding Cruz attempting to attain the Republican nomination and possibly win the presidential election is the CASA in Action. Established back in 2010, CASA in Action is a non-profit organization based in Virginia & Maryland which engages in providing educational, legislative, and political activities that support Latinos and immigrants living in the two states. During election seasons, CASA informs and engages with Latinos and political candidates in order to find a fitting politician who would aid and benefit the former.

And much like the coalition, CASA finds that Cruz going for the Republican nomination won’t do harm to American citizens as a whole but to the party itself.

If they don’t turn their policies around, Virginia Republicans are facing political oblivion. Accepting anti-Latino and anti-immigrant candidates like Ted Cruz is not a recipe for survival,” said Lindolfo Carballo, the Virginia director for CASA in Action, warning other politicians of the domino effect Cruz will have on their political ambition if they were to support him or have similar views.

In this country it is your natural given right to believe whatever it is you believe in. However, it is not in your right to demand that others believe in what it is you believe. Cruz, like many of his fellow Tea Partiers and Conservative supporters, they do not seem to follow this ideology. While the tea partiers and some conservatives values seem noble, they are only noble to those who follow or live a lifestyle they deem righteous but condemn and shun others who do not fit that image due to racial, economical, religious, or sexual background.

In a country consisting of numerous cultures from various parts of the world, this way of thinking is dangerous because the upholding of people living a way that you deem worthy is not only harmful but it is nullifying life.

America is slowly changing, become more open, but with a candidate like Cruz seeking office every small step that has been taken forward will be one large leap backwards if Cruz or someone similar enters the White House.

15 Health Benefits of Drinking Water

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I personally love drinking water and if you don’t… well, you have a big drinking problem.

According to the United States Geological Survey, up to 60 percent of our body is water. In fact, “the heart and brain are composed of 73 percent water, and the lungs are about 83 percent water. The skin contains 64 percent water, muscles and kidneys are 79 percent, and even the bones are 31 percent water,” reports the H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158.

Since we continuously lose so much fluid from breathing out saliva, skin evaporation, sweat, urine and stool, it is very important to always replenish our body with water.

Here are 15 health benefits of drinking water.

1) Water helps skin looking good… really good.

2) Regulates body temperature (sweating and respiration).

3) Helps deliver oxygen all over your body.

4) Lubricates your joints.

5) Water helps energize muscles

6) Flushes body wastes, mainly in urine.

7) Allows body cells to grow, reproduce and survive.

8) Keeps mucosal membranes moist.

9) Forms saliva for better and easier digestion.

10) Needed by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters.

11) Acts as a shock absorber for brain and spinal cord.

12) Helps kidneys and other organs flush out toxins.

13) Water helps maintain healthy bowel movement.

14) Helps distinguish between hunger and thirst (some people think they’re hungry when they’re actually thirsty).

15) Water has the lowest amount of calories compared to soda and sports drinks.

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Artists Celebrate The Last Dragon with Art Show

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

The New York native and pop-culture aficionado, Amy Collado, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the popular 80’s flick “The Last Dragon” with amazing art works inspired by the movie.

The art show, “In Search of the Master,” was a tribute to Berry Gordy’s film The Last Dragon, which first debut in 1985 and starred professional karate and kun-fu fighter Taimak Guarriello. The lead actor, Guarriello, whose mother is black and father Italian, was 19-years-old when he was featured in the film.

“The show celebrates one of my favorite movies of all time,” said Collado, who curated the show at Fresthetic (fresh aesthetic) – an urban fashion boutique and art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “This was a perfect fusion of celebrating my 30th birthday and the anniversary of this film,” said Collado.

The first piece displayed was by Emilio Ramos, a visual artist that presented a Japanese female with a bandana-like cover over her mouth of a dragon’s eye. The Japanese symbol of a sun was the acrylic painting’s backdrop with red and yellow rays shooting out from the red sun. “I was excited about this event because it combines my love for this movie and my artistic style,” Ramos said.

Most art galleries (if not all) take a huge percentage from the sale of the art during the exhibition. Not Amy! She and Fresthetic are giving all proceeds to the artists that have contributed to the exhibition. “I’m a fan of these artists and I wanted to help fund their creativity,” Collado, also known as “Amz”, said last night at the opening.

The showing will continue in Fresthetic at 552 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211. Artists that contributed to this exhibition were (in no particular order): Candy J, Neriah McBain, Keith A. Stephens, Kas Alexander, Clockwork Cros, Brian Kirhagis, Mauro Balcazar, JE The Vandl, Emilio Ramos and Will Focus.

JOSE ALDO STANDS STOIC THROUGH IRISH STORM

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The UFC 189 World Championship Tour made its next stop here in New York yesterday evening in the Beacon Theatre. The match that will serve as the main event matches Brazilian Jose Aldo, the UFC Featherweight king since awarded the belt in 2010 upon coming from the WEC Promotion and challenger Conor McGregor.

Conor, a dynamo from Belfast, Ireland, was the crowd favorite. The sensational southpaw has ran through the division and re-christened it.

“I came along and featherweights are headlining cards now. Its the McGregor division, make no mistake about it.”

Conor exclaimed,

“If I leave the featherweights go back to the prelims.”

Jose Aldo, interrupted throughout when he spoke, was deadpanned throughout and matter of fact. Aldo has not lost since 2005.

“I’m pretty professional. I let him do what he does. When the fight comes, I’m going to win.”

UFC President Dana White, touched on the topics of expansion into Latin America and one who mentioned Ecuador.

“We are pulling guys from all over South America.”

Dana explained,

“We are very focused on this, its taken longer than I expected.”

The popularity of the Ultimate fighter and UFC in Brazil is quite impressive. It was recently announced that at UFC 190 Ronda Rousey will defend her title in Brazil against hometown girl Bethe Corriea. Brazil has eleven champions in UFC History with Jose the headliner this coming July. Jose is looking at this as business as usual.

“He’s just another opponent. I’m going to prepare, double hard, and after July 11th, I’m still going to be champion.”

How About No: Ted Cruz as First Latino President, an American Nightmare

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While it is always inspiring and encouraging when you hear about the accomplishment or success of other Latinos whether it be in education, entertainment, and/or politics, however this sentiment came to a somewhat halt on March 23, 2015 when learning of what one Latino in particular was looking to achieve.

What should have been a generally momentous occasion may now be known as the eventual nightmare waiting to come when on Monday Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced that he would run for the Republican Party nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. If Cruz does win both the Republican bid and the election he would become the very first Latino president in the history of the United States of America, but this prospect is a depressing one.

While considered a hero amongst the infamous Tea Party and a favorite for Evangelical Christians & Conservatives due to their shared beliefs, the latter two organizations do not have me dismayed—much—by the prospect of Cruz becoming the 45th President of the United States of America. What does have me bothered about his possible nomination and election are Cruz’s viewpoints on several key issues within this country and what he stands for that makes the fact he could become the first Latino President disheartening and disturbing.

On the issue of Climate Change, Cruz follows the shared belief like most conservatives and Tea Party members that climate change is merely a liberal agenda and is nothing more than a cursed fairy tale. Cruz is a sheer opponent when it comes to accepting that this planet is currently experiencing a drastic change to its climate due to increasing release levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide which is generated by the excessive use of fossil fuels. Not only is he against this belief, but he seems also to be against scientific thinking itself.

You always have to be worried about something that is considered a so-called scientific theory that fits every scenario. Climate change, as they have defined it, can never be disproved, because whether it gets hotter or whether it gets colder, whatever happens, they’ll say, well, it’s changing, so it proves our theory,” said Cruz, commenting on how he believes science can be used to promote—what he believes is—fictitious event currently unfolding in this country and misconstruing it as being merely too hot or too cold.

But his lack of belief and understanding of climate change or his condemning of scientific research and development as merely a con game just adds to the fuel to why there is problem with Cruz possibly becoming president. Two other issues that throws me off of Cruz becoming the first possibly Latino president is his stance on gay marriage & immigration.

As gay marriage becomes the norm and is accepted by most Americans within the country, Cruz represents the one force that could likely try and undo all that has been done if given the power that will enable him to do so. Last fall the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to intervene when it came to various lower courts deciding on their own rulings that would permit the legalization of states that accepted same-sex marriages, and once again displaying how dangers Cruz and other Tea Partiers are he responded to this decision with typical irrationality.

Claiming the Court’s decision as being both “tragic and indefensible” and a display of “judicial activism at its worst,” Cruz went on to say the following within a released statement:

The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Un-elected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures…

I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws. Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.

The last issue that makes Cruz a not-so-great candidate is his ambiguous, yet also somewhat clear stance, on the matter of immigration within this country.

When making his candidacy announcement at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Cruz promised that he would be the one true candidate that will “restore the promise” of the American Dream back into this country. Now, according to Cruz, it is this American Dream that has “has enabled millions of people from all over the world to come to America with nothing and to achieve anything.

While noble, Cruz goes on to seemingly make himself look like a hypocrite.

According to Cruz, if he is elected he promised to modify the immigration system and see that it strengthens the borders and establish a system that is beneficial those seeking to attain the “American Dream.” What Cruz seems to be stating is, only those HE and his party find fitting to attempt to touch the “American Dream” will be allowed into the country possibly setting up a stratified system at our borders thus closing off what America once liked to be: welcoming to all without persecution.

The bottom-line issue with Cruz becoming president is that his political values are blinded and heavily crippled by his personal values which could subject a large portion of people living in America to living in a state of fear because who and what they are. This notion of him trying to save an “American Dream” is warped because that American Dream isn’t one that is permitted to all.

When Cruz, Tea Partiers, and Conservatives talk about the “American Dream” it is almost their way of saying they like the way old America (and sadly still existing in-part today) used to be. They picture an old America where families consisted of a father, mother, 1-3 kids, and were financially stable and were righteous in “God”. But this isn’t a picture perfect dream, while it may be to those I mentioned earlier it can be quite another to people who do not fall under their ideal perception of who and what is American.

What this “American Dream” they talk about really signifies is a time where racism was rampant, bigotry towards people who loved and lived in a different way to the majority, women had little to no rights, and the poor were ignored and deemed lazy. Now, America still has a long way to go considering these viewpoints above still exists. While we have made some progress, If Cruz or someone like him is elected we’ll only go backwards from the little progress we have made so far in changing the way America once dreamed to dreaming in a way all can.

TOBY LOVE: “BACHATA IS THE BEST”

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Toby Love has had a good three year run with two number one songs in the Tropical charts and several nominations for the upcoming 2015 Juventud Awards on March 27th. It has been an impressive peak from recent valleys and Toby, who sees himself as the “underdog” can point to a major reason, control.

“It’s the fans. Also I am on an independent label now, I have more control when it comes to my music.”

Toby explained,

It’s easier now because I’m the one who decides. I’m in a better place now.”

Social media continues to work for those artists who know how to make it work for them. Toby has reaped the rewards for example as he is up for “Ringtone of the Year.” To that end Toby is releasing an APP for this fans as well which is being earmarked for iphones and android and will be called “The Toby Love” app. The fans will be exposed to new platforms and web episodes and everything Toby.

“I’m trying to get my hands on everything, trying to take music to the next level, anything new that I can bring it to the forefront.”

Toby Love said,

“People want to know what your doing.”

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Toby is pushing a new album this summer and with colloborations with artists like French Montana and “Fuego”, Toby’ career appears to be heading in the proper direction. He is excited about the possibilities. “Grand things. I will be visiting Europe for the fourth time this year, releasing new video in the Dominican Republic, and then an east coast tour. We will be in a town near you.”

What makes Toby so engaging is his honesty about the business without sounding bitter. But in one area he was straight to the point. Bachata, in it’s newer form has taken Latin music by storm the last few years and Toby shared his thoughts.

“The biggest Latin artists in my opinion are Bachata artists. My brother Hector, Romeo Santos, myself and Prince Royce ”

Toby explained,

“The movement is still growing cause the youth loves this. As long as it re-invents itself and colloborates with other artists, like my duet with French Montana, that breaks barriers and brings in new fans.

This Bronx Latino Actor Made Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Happen!

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Thanks to the Bronx native and film and television actor, Gabriel Salvador, boxing fans from all over the world will finally see the Mayweather-Pacquiao match that many thought would never happen.

“Every tree starts with a seed, correct,” Salvador said to the Los Angeles newspaper, LA Times. Salvador, who has appeared on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the film All Night Bodega, is the man responsible for bringing together two key people that will present the greatest boxing fight in the past decade.

“I just knew, with no doubt, that if I brought Freddie Roach to Leslie Moonves, those two men could make the flight happen,” said Salvador, a DeWitt Clinton High School graduate in the Bronx. “I’m the finder.”

So how did Salvador, a Bronx native of Puerto Rican and Polish-Jewish decent, become the spark plug that reignited the two camps to talk? Well, besides being an actor, Salvador is a waiter at the Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood where he occasionally serves Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS – which is the parent company of Showtime. The undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, has a contract with Showtime to showcase to more fights. Moonves, who loves boxing, has brief conversations with Salvador about the sport while at the restaurant.

Freddie Roach, who trains the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, also trains Salvador’s son at Roach’s gym, the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Roach has trained 27-world boxing champions to date.

“You’re the king of making things happen,” Salvador told Moonves. “I’ll bring Freddie Roach to you.” Salvador set up a meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel.

But of course Salvador cannot take all the credit for making this fight possible. Most of the credit goes to Moonves, the CEO with strategy, negotiation and contract experience.

The welterweight title unification bout is expected to earn more than $400 million. According to ESPN the live gate for the Showtime/HBO pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will generate an astounding $74 million from just ticket sales.

Because of Salvador’s efforts he will sit ringside (the seats are expected to be worth more than $5000) with Moonves for the Pretty Boy Floyd and Pac-man fight May 2.

The stars must be aligned for Salvador, who will have a reoccurring role as a guest star on Fox’s show “Bones”.

“I feel lucky and honored to have been given this opportunity in my career,” says Salvador. “I am so thrilled that FOX and the producers of Bones have entrusted me with a powerful role.”

New Birth of the NYC Dominican Parade and End of an Era

Dominican Day Parade 2009, New York City. (809 New York Magazine)

Dominican Day Parade 2009, New York City. (809 New York Magazine)


Originally published on cityandstateny.com, headlined by Victor Gutierrez

Sources familiar with an investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office have confirmed to City & State that Nelson Peña, longtime director of the Dominican Day Parade, has agreed to resign his post.

Peña, who has been a controversial figure, has also agreed to resign from and dissolve other organizations he had formed, including Desfile y Festival Nacional Dominicano, Inc., Comite del Desfile y Festival Dominicano, Inc., Desfile Nacional Dominicano USA, Inc. and Festival Popular Domincano, Inc., according to several Dominican elected officials who attended a meeting on February 23 at City Hall with Schneiderman’s lawyers in the Charities Bureau. Peña has also relinquished control of all their intellectual property and ownership rights. (The organizations are not believed to have any financial assets.)

According to at least two sources there won’t be any criminal charges brought against Peña.

A newly structured nonprofit organization, Dominican Day Parade, Inc., featuring a new 12-member board drawn from diverse sectors of the Dominican-American community, has been granted the city’s permit for the Dominican Day Parade. Under the new leadership, this year’s parade be held on Manhattan’s Avenue of the Americas on August 9, 2015.

The Dominican Day Parade is a key institution for the celebration of Dominican culture and heritage in New York and throughout the nation,” said Attorney General Schneiderman in a written statement. “Whatever nonprofit organization is responsible for its operation must be properly constituted, comply with New York law, and be accountable and transparent. For years, Nelson Peña has run the Parade without regard to these requirements. Indeed, for all intents and purposes, the organizations that Peña has purported to run do not exist—they have no functioning boards of directors, they have failed to maintain proper books and records, and they have failed to file the annual reports my Charities Bureau requires nonprofits to file. The Dominican community deserves better, and with the steps announced today, it will receive what it deserves—strong, accountable leadership for the Dominican Day Parade.

As of this writing, the members of the new board are as follows:

  • Chair: Angela Fernandez, executive director, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
  • First Vice Chair: Luis Tejada, executive director, Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center.
  • Second Vice Chair: Maria Lizardo, executive director, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.
  • Secretary: Benny Lorenzo, general partner, B.L. Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Treasurer: Rudy Fuertes, CEO, Fine Fare Supermarkets, president, National Supermarkets Association.
  • Leonardo Ivan Dominguez, musician, dancer and agricultural scientist.
  • Henry Garrido, executive director, District Council 37.
  • Prof. Ramona Hernández, Ph.D., director, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, professor of sociology, City College of New York.
  • Maria Khury, president, Khury Tours, Travel & Insurance Inc.
  • Dr. Bienvenido Fajardo, physician, affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NYU Langone Medical Center.
  • Dr. Silvio Torres Saillant, professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.
  • Estela Vazquez, executive vice president, SEIU 1199.