Board Officers

Eliezer Rodriguez, Esq.
Eliezer Rodriguez, Esq.
Association Executive Officer

E-mail: e.rodriguez@bmar.org

 

Eliezer Rodriguez was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico; affectionately known as -- "El Corazón de Puerto Rico.” His family moved to Philadelphia, Pa. and at age 17 he joined the Army where he earned his sergeant stripes in less than two years. After his tour of duty, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech, Pre-law and Social Science. In 1983 Eliezer was selected an “Outstanding Young Men of America,” but his proudest moment was becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

Eliezer received a certificate for completing the Senior Institute of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in September 1985. He moved to New York in 1986 and began an internship with the Department of Sanitation in the area of creating recycling initiatives. He was later hired as a consultant and eventually a full time recycling coordinator. Eliezer managed the implementation of recycling programs into New York City’s 59 Community Boards. He coined the Spanish word for “to recycle”--”reciclar.” He resigned to attend law school in 1996.

While attending the City University of New York School of Law, Eliezer co-founded the Main Street Student Legal Defense Fund (M$$LDF). The fund was created to help interns in their service to indigent clients and to increase alumni involvement in public interest law. Based on his academic achievement and commitment to Public Interest Law, Eliezer was selected by The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund to receive the Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship for furthering the interests of Puerto Ricans, other Latinos and communities of color. At graduation, Eliezer received the Theodore F. Kupferman Public Service Award for his service to the law school community. This prestigious award is given to one member of the graduating class.

In September 2000, Eliezer created Project Club Clemente, Inc. The Project’s mission is to promote, educate and celebrate the legacy of Mr. Robert Clemente --the first Hispanic selected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On December 31, 2005, the Project delivered 16,324 pounds of food and medicine to Nicaragua. This effort entitled “The Flight for Humanity” fulfilled a 33 year old promise Mr. Clemente made to the earthquake victims of Nicaragua when he lost his life in a plane crash on December 31, 1972. A documentary on this historic event is being developed. Eliezer is also working on a screenplay entitled “The Light in the Shadow.” The story will celebrate Mr. Clemente’s legacy and encourage our youth to adopt Mr. Clemente’s values of faith, friendship, love, loyalty, community and commitment.

As a solo practitioner, Eliezer’s practice covers Real Estate, Matrimonial & Family Law, Wills and MCI and J-51 Benefits. In his spare time, Eliezer assisted the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame and the New York Stickball Hall of Fame to establish a permanent museum for Hispanic baseball and stickball players. Eliezer is very active in his community and was appointed to serve as a member of Bronx Community Board 11. In 2012, Eliezer was elected to a three-year-term as Chairman of the Board of Managers for the Bronx YMCA, where he participates with his family in weekly Tae Kwon do and Zumba classes. Moreover, since 2008, he has been coaching each of his kids at the Van Nest Baseball Little League. Eliezer is also the Co-Founder of the R & F Wellness Fair and an active member of bar associations, including: the Puerto Rican Bar Association, The Dominican Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyer’s Association, and the Bronx County Bar Association, to name a few. In 2013, Eliezer was elected to serve a one-year term on New York City’s YMCA Board of Directors.

Finally, Eliezer is an accomplished magician, who is known to reach into his bag of tricks to promote recycling and the prevention of drugs and homelessness. He regards his performances as "recycling the human spirit." Eli, as he is known by his friends, is a dedicated family man and lives in the Bronx with his wife, Fiordaliza (a Family Court Referee), and their children Miguel Clemente and Cristian Marin.

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