Elsie Matos has passed away. The mother of legendary artist, James De La Vega, was 72 years old. Matos died just weeks after suffering injuries at Citadel Nursing Home in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2221-famous-artist-s-mother-hospitalized
Citadel made headlines in 2016 after NYS Senator Jeff Klein mandated $30 million dollars to the facility. The Empire Center for Public Policy watchdog group said in a report that the allocation was “unusual even by the standards of New York State government.”
Matos was an exceptional woman who was valued for her views on education and her wit. Her son, James, is a Cornell graduate.
In addition to the East Harlem community, she will be mourned world wide.