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Sen. Harckham names Carola Otero Bracco 2019 Woman of Distinction

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Senator Pete Harckham is proud to announce that Carola Otero Bracco, the Executive Director of Neighbors Link, has been selected as Senate District 40’s Woman of Distinction for 2019. She was honored at a ceremony on May 7 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts throughout the state.

Ms. Bracco leads an organization that helps integrate immigrants into our communities. As a first generation American born of immigrant parents from Bolivia, she understands the challenges that accompany the immigrant experience in America and is dedicated to inspiring healthy integration in the community. Ms. Bracco is bilingual and bicultural and is driven by her passion for empowering immigrant families and advocating for personal growth through education and economic development.

During her tenure, Neighbors Link has become a leader in designing, implementing and directing community-based, bilingual educational and cultural awareness training programs. Furthermore, with her guidance and leadership, the organization has quadrupled in size in 10 years and is strategically scaling the Neighbors Link model in communities that are ready to embrace our mission.

"Carola's life's work is both remarkable and desperately needed," said Senator Harckham. "She champions important contributors to our communities by stressing education and providing job opportunities so they can better their lives and the lives of their families. As the grandson of three immigrants, I am honored to name Carola Otero Bracco Senate District 40 Woman of Distinction for 2019."

Before becoming Executive Director of Neighbors Link in April of 2004, Ms. Bracco spent 12 years of her career gaining experience in financial management with General Electric Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Time Warner. She holds an MBA from Duke University and currently serves on the boards of the National Council for Workforce Education, Nonprofit Westchester, and the New York Immigration Coalition.

"The work of Neighbors Link to integrate immigrants into our community is critical today,” said Ms. Bracco. "Immigrants make such important contributions to our economy, our culture and our communities. I am grateful to Senator Harckham for this recognition and for his recognition of the important work Neighbors Link does in New York."

New York State Senate District 40 includes parts of Northern Westchester (Briarcliff, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, Yorktown) Putnam (Brewster, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast) and Dutchess (Beekman, Pawling).

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