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Connecticut Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Push For Aid For Displaced Families From Puerto Rico


Rep. Christopher Rosario (D) Bridgeport is the Chair of the CT Legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus


Months after welcoming thousands of families from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Connecticut legislators are pushing for more aid to help the relocated U.S. citizens now calling the state home.

The legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus will make aiding Puerto Rican families one of its top priorities this session, caucus leaders announced Monday at the Capitol. The organization proposed restoring funding to Hispanic agencies and providing disaster assistance to those affected by the storm.

“We cannot turn our back on these fellow American citizens,” said Rep. Christopher Rosario, D-Bridgeport, chair of the caucus....

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Rep. Angel Arce Hasn’t Resigned; House Speaker Mulls Discipline Or Expulsion

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A frustrated House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz has asked his legal counsel to research options including discipline or expulsion of Rep. Angel Arce from the state legislature — now that Arce has failed to deliver on his March 7 statement that he would resign amid a scandal over texts to a 16-year-old girl in 2015.

“It has been over a week since Representative Arce informed House leadership of his intention to resign from the legislature,” Aresimowicz’s press secretary, Larry Perosino, said Thursday in an emailed reply to a Courant question about the delay in Arce’s professed plan to quit.

“So yes, the Speaker is frustrated there has been no official ...

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Aid For Families In Connecticut Displaced By Hurricane Maria Fuels Rally At State Capitol


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It has been more than five months since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, but on Wednesday at a rally on the steps of the Capitol, the memories of home and the feelings of despair made it seem as if the devastation occurred yesterday.

“There was a moment during the hurricane where my children sat, cried and screamed because they were scared,” Merelys Torres, a displaced islander, told the crowd. “I didn’t leave my island because I wanted to. I left my island because my children, husband and I needed an opportunity for a better future.”

Wednesday’s rally called for aid for thousands of Puerto Ricans ...

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