Cruz to introduce four resolutions honoring Hispanic heritage in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will be introducing four resolutions honoring the contributions Hispanic-Americans have made to Pennsylvania’s history, including one resolution designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania.

“Latinos are the largest minority ethnic group in the United States today, with more than 838,000 residing in Pennsylvania,” Cruz said. “Hispanic-Americans have made substantial contributions in all facets of business, culture, education, science, sports, politics, industry and the arts in Pennsylvania and they deserve to have their efforts recognized.”

In addition to the designation of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cruz will introduce resolutions honoring Capt. Peter Crespo, station captain of Ladder 22 of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Jose Molina, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

“Peter Crespo is an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and has dedicated his life to public safety,” Cruz said. “Captain Crespo, who is of Puerto Rican descent, is also the first Latino appointed executive chief and deputy commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Jose Molina has been a tireless advocate and contributor to the Latino community throughout his distinguished career in the commonwealth. Both of these men, along with countless others, deserve to be recognized during Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Cruz also plans to introduce a resolution recognizing the Democratic State Committee Latino Task Force and their efforts in forming the Latino Caucus, which was established in June 2015.