Bronx native sworn in as first Latina to serve as NY Secretary of State
The newly appointed New York Secretary of State was sworn in Friday and became the first Latina to serve. Bronx native, Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez, was issued her oath of office by Governor Elliot Spitzer (D-NY) at Hostos Community College. Vasquez says the borough was a fitting place for the ceremony, saying, ?I?m from the Bronx, Bronx leadership has really helped me develop who I am.? Vasquez was the vice president of government and public affairs at Cablevision. She also served as president of the Hispanic Federation, chief of staff for a New York Assemblyman and worked for the New York Department of Aging. Spitzer says Vasquez?s long career in community development and public service made her a superbly qualified candidate. Vasquez says she will divide her time between New York City and Albany and is excited about her new responsibilities.