ALBANY, NY--The New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators honored Rodolfo Fuertes with the Louis Nine Award for his contributions to the advancement of the Latino community in the United States. A prominent entrepreneur and leader in the supermarket industry, Fuertes is a board member of the National Supermarket Association.
This award is presented to one who labors vigorously for expanded opportunities for Hispanics. This individual has upheld the dignity and has furthered the culture of Americans of Hispanic Heritage by promoting bilingual and multicultural programs as well as facilitating the greater integration of Hispanics into the mainstream of American society.
Senator Adriano Espaillat presented the award to Fuertes in February during the 2012 Annual Legislative Conference Weekend in Albany, NY. The theme of the conference was “Open Doors to Empowerment.”
“I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award on behalf of the many immigrants who come to this country to pursue a dream, work hard and open doors for those who come behind. The Latino community is a major force in this country, and as a Dominican I feel especially proud to represent my people with this recognition”, said Fuertes after receiving the award.
The Members of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc., are united by a common interest in empowering and revitalizing peoples and communities, particularly African-American and Puerto Rican, and extended to also include Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans and other minorities.