Second Annual Caribbean NYC Conference Comes To Brooklyn

BRONX, NY, Apr. 28, 2006 – Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr. is set to present the 2nd annual ‘Caribbean NYC: The Future Is Today,’ conference on Monday, May 1 at the Brooklyn Museum, in NYC.

Over 300 Caribbean New Yorkers, elected officials and community leaders are set to attend to discuss the importance of developing and nurturing strong business and community ties within the Caribbean community.

This year’s conference serves to encourage an open dialogue on topics such as health, education/youth and business/trade opportunities within the Caribbean community. The health panel will be moderated by Hardbeatnews chief editor, Felicia Persaud and panelists include Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Dr. Kathie Rones, Dr. Marco Mason, Dr. Pete Williams and Veronica Greenland.

The business panel will feature Lowell Hawthorne, Kenton Kirby, Hugh Jonhson, Rafael Roman and Hilton Smith among others while Ozzie Brown, Andre Lake, Bill Aguado and Gonald Moncion are among the education and youth panelists.

Essence Magazine’s choice for one of the world’s most inspiring women, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega is the day’s keynote speaker. Vega is the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and is featured in Essence Magazine’s current issue.

Co-hosts of the conference include The Bronx Initiative Corporation along with CaribNews, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation. Corporate sponsors are Health Plus and Partners in Health.

Congressmembers Charles Rangel and Major Owens, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Daryl Towns, State Senator, Carl Andrews and Councilmembers Darlene Mealy, John Liu, Charles Baron, Kendall Stuart, Rosie Mendez, Miguel Martinez and Leticia James are among the elected officials scheduled to attend.

The event gets underway from 9 a.m. at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. (