Harlem Rep. Espaillat Recognizes The Dominican Community On Their 175th Independence

February 27, 2019

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat issued the following statement to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic:

“Founded in 1844, today marks the 175th anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic, celebrated annually as Dominican Republic Independence Day,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “In honor of founding fathers Juan Pablo Duarte, Matías Ramón Mella, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and other patriots, Dominican communities established in New York and states around the country are hard-working and proud of our roots and our heritage. We are strong and supportive of our families and our efforts to cultivate the next generation of leaders and ensure our youth have opportunities to achieve.

“In New York’s 13th congressional district, I am proud to recognize the Dominican community’s presence and contributions to the neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood, which have the highest concentration of residents of Dominican descent in New York City and are the center of Dominican culture in the United States.

“As we celebrate Dominican Republic Independence Day, it is with great appreciation in large part to the Dominican community and the diversity of my district, that I have the honor of being the first Dominican-American to serve in the United States Congress and during my second term in office. I understand this great importance, and I am extremely grateful and humble for those who made it possible for this Dominican dreamer who came to America with his family at the age of 9 to reach his aspirations and follow my dreams. Since day one of taking the congressional oath of office, I have fought to ensure that the DREAMers in my district have the same opportunities to achieve a shot at the American Dream in a country as great as ours.”


Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) emitió la siguiente declaración para conmemorar el 175 aniversario de la Independencia de la República Dominicana:

“Fundada en 1844, hoy se cumple el 175 aniversario de la Independencia de la República Dominicana, que se celebra anualmente como Día de la Independencia de la República Dominicana”, dijo el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “En honor a los padres fundadores Juan Pablo Duarte, Ramón Matías Mella, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez y otros patriotas, las comunidades dominicanas establecidas en Nueva York y los estados del país son laboriosas y orgullosas de nuestras raíces y nuestra herencia. Somos fuertes y apoyamos a nuestras familias y nuestros esfuerzos para cultivar la próxima generación de líderes y asegurar que nuestros jóvenes tengan oportunidades de alcanzar sus metas.

“En el distrito congresual 13 de Nueva York, me enorgullece reconocer la presencia y contribución de la comunidad dominicana a los vecindarios de Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights e Inwood, que tienen la mayor concentración de residentes de ascendencia dominicana en la ciudad de Nueva York y son el centro de la cultura dominicana en los Estados Unidos.

“Al celebrar el Día de la Independencia de la República Dominicana, es con gran aprecio en gran parte de la comunidad dominicana y la diversidad de mi distrito, que tengo el honor de ser el primer dominico-estadounidense en servir en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos y durante mi segundo mandato en el cargo. Entiendo esta gran importancia, y estoy extremadamente agradecido y humilde por quienes hicieron posible que este soñador dominicano que vino a Estados Unidos con su familia a la edad de 9 años, alcance sus aspiraciones y siga mis sueños. Desde el primer día en que tomé el juramento para ejerce el cargo, he luchado para garantizar que los Soñadores (DREAMers) en mi distrito tengan las mismas oportunidades de alcanzar el Sueño Americano en un país tan grandioso como el nuestro”.

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