Last night's the “Abrazo Dominicano in New York” was missing something and that was State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. who has hosted every Abrazo in recent memory. Senator Diaz Sr. had a back operation recently which was more complicated than expected. The good senator is in good health, was out in the morning, but could not attend his own Abrazo due to stiffness in his back. Senator Diaz Sr. was the highlight of past Abrazo's, but last night's “Abrazo Dominicano in New York” went on without him as not to disappoint the hundreds of people who attended. Assemblyman Victor Pichardo stood in for Senator Diaz, and while Victor did a reasonably good job, he was no Ruben Diaz Sr. It is the character of Senator Diaz that makes the event so successful, and part of the reason people attend is to see Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. Below are some photos of the event, but as I said before there was something really big missing, and that was State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.
Above - The five co-hosts (L - R) Assemblyman Michael Blake, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, Assemblyman Marco Crespo, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca.
Below - Congressman Jose Serrano joins the 'Fab Five' for a photo.
Above - 36th State Senate candidate Jamaal Bailey joins Assembly members Blake, Pichardo, and Sepulveda for a photo.
Below - Always a favorite of the crowd Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. enters with his wife Hilda who is in the red dress.
Above - Revda Samaris Gross gives the Invocation.
Below - Yolanda Cruz sings the American National Anthem.
Above - Carlos Salecedo Sings the National Anthem of the Republic Dominicana.
Below - Miguel Angel provides some musical entertainment.
Current State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and soon to be the congressman from the 15th district gets in a little fun at Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Bronx Democratic County Leader Marcos Crespo who supported one of his opponents in the congressional race.