Last weekend, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WF,I-Huntington Station) joined two Walt Whitman High School students for the The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican Hispanic/Youth Leadership Institute, part of the 2014 SOMOS el Futuro Spring Conference. SOMOS El Futuro is sponsored each year by the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican & Hispanic Task Force to encourage Hispanic students to participate in government and the electoral process.
“From 2000 to 2010, New York State’s Hispanic population grew by over 549,339, and SOMOS provides Hispanic students the opportunity to participate and learn about the state’s legislative process,” said Lupinacci. “It was a pleasure to show these students around the Capitol and watch as they debated several critical issues facing our state and country. New York has long been a state of immigrants, and as our population continues to diversify, it is crucial that we in Albany hear from all sides. I have no doubt that they will continue to work hard to make positive changes in their community.”