Daily Archives: Jun 28, 2018

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s non-voting representative in Congress is introducing a bill that seeks to make the U.S. territory a state by 2021.

By Luis Alonso Lugo | AP

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez said Wednesday that 14 Democrats and 20 Republicans currently sponsor the bill among the 435 members in the House of Representatives.

“This is the first step to open a serious discussion regarding the ultimate status for the island,” Gonzalez said.

The Republican sponsors include the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah who’s committee has oversight over Puerto Rico and the chairman of the Indian and insular affairs subcommittee, Rep. Doug Lamalfa of California.

However, the chances for the passage of the bill are not clear.

The bill calls for the creation of a bipartisan, nine-member task force that would submit a report to Congress and to the president identifying laws that would need to be amended or repealed so Puerto Rico could become a state. The panel would also be instructed to recommend temporary economic measures to help the island Rico in the transition to statehood.

Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898. Its inhabitants are U.S. citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the island’s unequal status is the cause for 5.4 million Puerto Ricans to currently reside in the continental U.S., a trend exacerbated by the damage inflicted in September by Hurricane Maria.

“In the past this issue has been very hard to move forward,” Rossello said. “No longer do we want ambiguity. We want clarity. Either here in Congress you are with us or you are against the people of Puerto Rico.”

 

 

William Renaldo, 30 year Buffalo Fire Department (BFD) veteran and former battalion chief, to lead Buffalo’s Bravest

Buffalo,  NY  – Mayor Byron W.  Brown  on June 27, 2018 named former  Buffalo  Fire Department  (BFD)  Battalion Chief William Renaldo to lead the BFD, building on his Administration’s continued commitment to further strengthen public safety citywide to meet the demands of a growing Buffalo.  Renaldo has more than 30 years of experience in the Fire Service and is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, with 40 years of military experience.

“Keeping  our  City safe  is  among my  Administration’s  top priorities  and  I know  that  our new  Fire  Commissioner has what it takes to bring the Department into its next chapter of excellence,” said Mayor Brown.  “His unwavering commitment to fire service and public safety distinguishes him as a remarkable leader.  I am  pleased  that he  has  accepted this  appointment  and look  forward  to working  with  him to  continue to keep Buffalo safe.”

A well-respected leader  in  the BFD,  Renaldo  returns to  the  Department with  decades  of first-hand knowledge, deep operational familiarity, and extensive leadership experience from his time with BFD and in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Fire Commissioner Renaldo is a 30 year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department and a  former  Buffalo Fire  Battalion  Chief, employed  from  1982-2012.   He served  on  active duty  in  the United  States  Army for  four  years (1975-1979),  before  serving in  the  United States  Army  Reserve until  2014.  During his tenure as Battalion Chief, he distinguished himself with hard work, dedication to duty and a strong record of performing complex emergency service and administrative work with a broad range of responsibilities from the direction of emergency operations,  to review  of  administrative  reports and  payroll to ensure accuracy and completeness, to the coordination of overall training, including all aspects of emergency response, disaster planning and fire prevention and education.

During his military career,  Renaldo  has received  numerous  individual awards  and  decorations for  meritorious  acts of  bravery,  including a  Bronze  Star, Meritorious  Service  Medal, Combat  Action  Badge

Cancer center’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion receives Lighthouse of Partners Award

  • FruitBelt Coalition serves residents of historic Buffalo neighborhood
  • Scott honored for dedication in support of Coalition’s mission
  • Has worked to expand job opportunities both inside and outside Roswell Park

BUFFALO, N.Y. — David Scott of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was recognized with a special award at the FruitBelt Coalition’s 8th Annual Recognition Banquet earlier this month. Scott, who serves as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Buffalo-based cancer center, was surprised with the Lighthouse of Partners Award at the event.

The FruitBelt Coalition, whose focus is “Planting seeds to grow communities,” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for those who live in and around the Fruit Belt, a residential neighborhood with a rich history and located near Roswell Park’s main campus.

By partnering with such organizations as the FruitBelt Coalition, Buffalo Urban League, Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC), Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York and Belle Center to offer numerous career-development workshops and job fairs, Scott has led efforts to not only build and retain a diverse workforce and increase supplier diversity at Roswell Park, but to help expand good job opportunities for all Western New Yorkers. In selecting him to receive this distinction, the Coalition highlighted his dedication and valued partnership in support of the organization’s mission.

Scott has often been recognized for his professional accomplishments and community involvement. This latest distinction follows previous awards from 1490 Enterprises Inc., Utopian Euphoria and the World HRD Congress.

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