Thursday, July 30, 2009

☞ REMEMBER: Olga Mendez

Former Senator Olga Mendez was the first Puerto Rican-born woman to have been elected to the State Senate, representing East Harlem and eventually the South Bronx for 26 years.  Mrs. Mendez would become a role model when she won the Senate seat in 1978 and would lead as both a Democrat and as a Republican in later years.  She passed away this week in her East Harlem apartment at the age of 82.  The service will be this coming Monday, August 3rd, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Church of the Holy Agony, 1834 3rd Avenue at 101st Street. Original photo by Lombard for the NY Daily News.

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