New York State Senate Recognizes Dr. Lantigua’s Work on Behalf of President Joe Biden


Albany, New York: Through resolution J 1642, the New York State Senate awarded the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award Medal to the distinguished Dominican physician, Dr. Rafael Lantigua, bestowed by the President of the United States, Joe Biden. Additionally, he received a second recognition from the State Senate for his remarkable achievements and contributions to medicine and community service in New York during a significant event held on Monday, February 26th.


On behalf of U.S. President Joe Biden, Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda from Bronx County was honored to present the resolution during a New York State Senate session, delivering a brief speech in English and Spanish.



The President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, leader of the Democratic majority, introduced Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda, who, under resolution J 1642, expressed gratitude to the Senate President for allowing him to present said resolution. He also highlighted that since he was elected senator, he has tirelessly worked to recognize the achievements of various individuals who have contributed to the state of New York.

“I am extremely honored to present a Great American, a prominent figure in the state of New York and the city of New York, Dr. Rafael A. Lantigua, whose contributions to medicine and community service have profoundly impacted New York and beyond,” emotionally stated Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda.

The senator emphasized that Dr. Lantigua has been celebrated by the Dominican President, Luis Abinader, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat and that every mayor and governor of the last 20 years has turned to him for advice due to his outstanding work in medicine and dedication to excellence.

“His journey from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo to Columbia University highlights his commitment to advancing healthcare, especially among minority populations. Through his research on aging and Alzheimer’s among Latinos, Dr. Lantigua has addressed critical health disparities, enriching both medical facilities and public health. In addition to his medical achievements, his commitment to community service underscores his profound dedication to advocacy and support, recognized with numerous awards for his service, especially to the Latino and Dominican community in New York,” added Sepúlveda.

The senator emphasized that Dr. Lantigua’s work reflects a deep dedication to improving the lives of New Yorkers and that he is widely revered in the American and Latino community for his role in assisting some of the most disadvantaged communities in the state of New York and the United States.

“He is a hero to many here and in the Dominican Republic. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, we present resolution #1642 and the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award Medal, issued by President Biden through me. This double honor is for Dr. Lantigua’s exceptional service and significant role as a leader and advocate in our community,” recognized State Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda in his speech.

“Doctor Lantigua, on behalf of the state of New York and a grateful nation, we thank you for your unwavering dedication and impactful work on behalf of the people in this state. I am honored to present you with this recognition,” concluded Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda during the award presentation.

Senator Robert Jackson on the resolution

Senador Robert Jackson

Senator Robert Jackson, one of the most prominent voices in the New York State Senate, representing parts of the Bronx and New York counties, praised Dr. Lantigua during the recognition event.

“I congratulate Dr. Rafael A. Lantigua for his service in the Washington Heights and Inwood area and throughout the city. I have lived in Washington Heights since 1975 and witnessed his commitment to the community, especially on health and wellness issues. I am proud of what he has accomplished, and I thank my colleague Luis Sepúlveda for bringing him here so we can honor him today. Congratulations and thank you!”

Senator Cordell Cleare on the resolution

Senator Cordell Cleare, whose political constituency spans part of New York County, also expressed gratitude towards Dr. Lantigua and resolution J 1642 during the event.

“I appreciate Dr. Lantigua for his work in the community, which began long before others took notice. He has been a reliable voice and a true leader in our community. I congratulate him on his award and thank Senator Sepúlveda for giving us this opportunity,” concluded Senator Cordell Cleare in her brief remarks.



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