||Recently Dean Alfano
welcomed New York State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat to our campus to discuss ways in
which NYUCD could meet some of the overwhelming needs of his constituents in the 72nd
Assembly District in Manhattan, the majority of whom are Dominican Americans, including
many recent immigrants who have never visited a dentist. Assemblyman Espaillat is the
first Dominican-American elected to a State House in the United States.
As a result of that meeting, NYUCD
is now working with Assemblyman Espaillat to offer his constituents the entire patient
registration and evaluation process completely free-of-charge. There are also plans to
bring the Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile dental van to the Assemblymans
Adriano Espaillat and Dean Alfano during the Assemblymans visit to NYUCD.
Assemblyman Espaillat also spoke about the critical need for dental equipment in the Dominican
Republic. At Assemblyman Espaillats request, NYUCD therefore has donated more than
40 dental chairs to the Northern Manhattan Economic Coalition, a civic organization which
will ship them to the Dominican Republic.
Its especially gratifying to be able to make a substantial donation to our
friends in the Dominican Republic at this time, said Dean Alfano, when the
tragedy of Flight 587 has made the economic and health-care needs of Dominicans more critical
than ever before.