CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 13, 2009: A Trinidadian immigrant is making a bid for a city council seat in a Bronx, NY neighborhood that is fast becoming largely Caribbean in population.
Krystal Serrano tells CWNN she is hoping to become the representative of her community in the Bronx`s 12th councilmatic district, which includes Baychester, Co-Op City, Edenwald, Wakefield and Williamsbridge in the NorthEast Bronx.
The community activist says she is hoping to bring years of extensive and diverse experiences to the post and to offer more transparency, `accountability, and inclusive leadership in our community.`
`I am a strong advocate for our children, our seniors, immigrants and working families in our community,` states Serrano, who was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and lived in Antigua and Barbuda before calling Bronx, New York home.
`As an immigrant I had to work hard to create opportunities for myself and my family by working in low-wage graveyard shifts to gain my degree in business administration and then attaining my masters in marketing and communications from the University of the West Indies,` says Serrano, who lost her job in 2001 following the 9/11 tragedy.
Since then she has become more of a community activist, volunteering and working to help address all issues pertinent to the Caribbean and immigrant community. For the past four years, she has served on the Board of Directors of the United Caribbean Congress, an organization that focuses on jobs, immigration and healthcare needs.
She has spearheaded the launch of the Stop the Violence Save Our Children campaign, a borough-wide campaign to bring awareness to youth violence.
Serrano has been married to her husband, Efrain, for the past 15 years and the two have a 13-year-old daughter. She faces competition from veteran Councilmember, Larry Seabrook. – By CWNN Staffer.