PATERSON, NJ- Saying that he has always admired her consistent advocacy for Paterson Public Schools students with special needs, Councilman Flavio Rivera led his colleagues in recognizing longtime resident Raquel Soto at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

According to a resolution presented by Rivera, Council President Maritza Davila, and Councilwoman Dr. Lilisa Mimms, Soto educated herself in Special Education Law and has advocated in at least 80 Special Education cases.

Among the parents she has supported recently is Hannah Tennin who was in the audience Tuesday to celebrate with Soto.

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Telling TAPinto Paterson that Soto stepped in when her  daughter was targeted by bullies, Tennin said that she is now more able to advocate and be pro-active for her children thanks to Soto’s assistance.

“She is helping us become what she is,” Tennin said of Soto’s tireless efforts. “She makes us feel safe when we are confused.”

The impact Soto has had on Tennin will be long lasting the mother of two said. “Raquel will always be family.”

When given the microphone Raquel, who as her record indicates, can speak with both force and passion, kept her words to a minimum saying simply “I will continue to use my voice for the children.”


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