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Latino and minority members of the Cuomo transition team appointed soon

November 8, 2010

Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Assembly Member Feliz Ortiz with Andrew Cuomo. Photo Credit: Ortiz Facebook photos

Two Puerto Ricans are playing a key role in helping Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo to appoint Latinos to his Transition team.

Representative Nydia M. Velázquez stood at the podium at the Sheraton Hotel election night saying, “The people of New York State have spoken”. “They have chosen real leadership… The mandate is clear: Put New Yorkers back to work.”

Last month a group of prominent Latino elected officials from the city, state and federal government in NYC  endorsed Andrew Cuomo for governor.

The group invited the Democratic nominee, Andrew Cuomo, to a summit Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez convened that lasted one hour at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Manhattan.

While Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, Chairperson Somos task force,  spoke with the governor-elect   on Saturday afternoon, assuring him he would attend the Annual Somos Legislative Conference held this year from November 4-7 in San Juan, Puerto Rico as soon as he appointed some members  to his transition team Michael Del Guidice, former top aide to his father former Gov. Mario Cuomo to head.

Cuomo  expected to arrive on Sunday  night to speak to the group at a breakfast on Monday morning, according to Liz Benjamin of the State of Politics Blog.

Assembly Member Ortiz told State of Politics Blog, “everybody is waiting very anxiously to hear what he has to say, and once we get back to New York we get back to business and follow-up on hopefully appointing some Hispanic members of the transition team, some minority members of the transition team.”

The event is a sigificant one because it’s the first public appearance of governor-elect Cuomo to the Somos Conference that started out numbering 320 down to 176 on Monday as many attendees flying out Sunday night to work the next day though some attempting to change their flights to hear Cuomo.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli  spoke at labor breakfast on Saturday and attorney general-elect Eric Schneiderman might or might not attend busy as well getting his transition team together.

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