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Plenary Panel B: Local and State Perspective

Plenary Panel B: Local and State Perspective
Moderator: New York State Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo, Chair of the  Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force (Bronx, NY)
City Councilor Miguel Castro, Meriden City Council, Chairman of Finance Committee (Meriden, CT)
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, District 7 (Philadelphia, PA)


Marcos A. Crespo

Miguel Castro

Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez

Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, on July 29th 1980, one of four children of Ivette Fontanez and Alberto Crespo. At a young age, Marcos moved with his family to New York City, where he began his elementary studies in the New York City Public Schools System. Marcos would also spend three years living in Lima, Perú, where he completed his fourth and fifth grade studies while attending Santa Teresita. He returned to Puerto Rico with his younger sister and his mother and completed High School at Carmen Bozello de Huyke High School, but soon thereafter, returned to New York to live with his father. His time living in Peru, Puerto Rico and New York allowed Marcos to broaden his views about the living conditions of people in other parts of the world.

Elected to the New York State Assembly at the age of 28, his hard work and outcome proven approach has allowed him to quickly move into leadership positions. In April of 2013 he was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Assembly Task Force on New Americans. More...


Miguel Castro

Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez is a veteran activist with over 30 years of service to the City of Philadelphia, currently serving a third four-year term on Philadelphia City Council. Maria has advocated tirelessly for creating and preserving family-sustaining jobs, investing in a trained and educated workforce, reducing blight and transforming vacant land, keeping families in their homes, mandating ethics and transparency in government, revitalizing neighborhood economies, reforming unsafe demolition practices, and securing the rights of women, families, and workers across the City.

Maria made history in November of 2007 when she rallied grassroots support and nearly 80% of the vote towards becoming the first Latina elected to a district seat in City Council. Maria quickly became a rising star for her hard work and commitment to government reform. Her “Freshman 15” reforms, with colleagues Bill Green and Curtis Jones, Jr., improved transparency, modernized our municipal government, and saved the City over $60 million annually. In 2008, Maria was named “Best of Philly” new Councilperson and among the City’s future women leaders to watch by thePhiladelphia Daily News. In 2009, Philadelphia Magazine named Maria one of the “Most Influential 50” in the City of Philadelphia.