Rep. Ramos To Attend First-ever National Conference For Puerto Rican Elected Officials
Meeting to discuss economic issues on the island and voter registration, turnout on the mainland
April 22, 2016
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State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and City Councilman Angel Arroyo, Jr. (D-Lorain) are travelling to New York this weekend for a national conference of elected officials of Puerto Rican descent. Hosted by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, the conference will feature discussions regarding the financial crisis in Puerto Rico and how it affects Puerto Rican communities across our nation, as well as the need to encourage Puerto Ricans in the United States to register and vote. 

“The Puerto Rican economic crisis has repercussions affecting all of our communities. So many of us represent constituents who must travel back and forth to visit family on the island, but cannot afford to stay due to the economic instability,” said Ramos. “We need to work together to urge the federal government to find an equitable solution for our fellow U.S. citizens living there, and for those of us who live on the mainland, as well.” 

“I have family that lives on an island where there is a 20 percent foreclosure rate and a 12 percent unemployment rate; meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate is only five percent,” said Councilman Arroyo. “We want to come up with innovative ideas to present at the Presidential Conventions in hopes that the next president will address our issues when elected. It’s my honor to be part of this conference and work on these important issues that affect my family and my constituents with family on the island and here in the states.” 

Rep. Ramos also addressed the importance of practicing the fundamental right to vote, especially with the upcoming presidential election in November.

“It is of vital importance that Puerto Rican people here in the U.S. register and vote,” said Ramos. “The issues we are fighting for in communities on the island and on the mainland will only be recognized when we make our voices heard.”

This is the first national conference for elected officials of Puerto Rican descent. 142 elected officials have been invited to the meeting.

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