CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 16, 2009: New York city`s much loved Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Guillermo Linares, has called it quits.
Linares, according to a statement from Mayor Mike Bloomberg, resigned, effective immediately, as the City’s Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs to avoid any potential conflict of interest in his pursuit of the 10th councilmatic seat in New York City.
Linares made history when he was elected to represent Upper Manhattan in 1991 in the City Council, becoming the first person born in the Dominican Republic elected to public office anywhere in the United States.
As a member of the Council, he advocated for quality education, vital health services, and affordable housing. Dr. Linares also served in a national capacity as a member of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. President William Clinton appointed him in 1999 as chair of this Initiative.
Linares immigrated to the United States in 1966. He supported his family and financed his college education by working as both a livery and taxi cab driver.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree from City College and a professional diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University. He recently achieved his doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
As of Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner , Erik Paulino, began overseeing the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.