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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
February 14, 2001
Contact: Doris Sanchez
(512) 463-0127
Sen. Lucio announces confirmation of Mr. Nicholas Serafy by Senate Nominations Committee for Texas Youth Commission
Mr. Chris Brisack of Edinburg also approved for appointment to Texas State Library and Archives Commission

AUSTIN, TX--On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Mr. Nicholas "Nick" Serafy, Jr. was confirmed by the Senate Nominations Committee on his appointment to the Texas Youth Commission (TYC). State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville affirmed the appointment when his constituent was first nominated by the Governor in 2000.

Referring to him as one of the Rio Grande Valley's finest citizens, Sen. Lucio said, "Mr. Serafy has shown his community tremendous dedication and leadership as a member of numerous organizations."

The Brownsville native and resident has coached Little League and served as a Board member of St. Mary's Catholic School and Vice Chair of St. Joseph's Academy Development Council. Additionally, Mr. Serafy has contributed countless hours to civic involvement as a member of several organizations, including the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, acting as vice chair and chair, and currently as one of its board members. The Brownsville Economic Development Corporation has also benefitted from Mr. Serafy's dedication, having served as its treasurer and vice chairman, and presently on its board. He is married to Viveca C. and the couple has four sons.

"I'm honored that Sen. Lucio and then-Governor George Bush had the confidence in me to nominate me for this position, and I will do my best to serve and honor the people of the state of Texas," said Mr. Serafy, who by profession is President and CEO of Proficiency Testing Service.

The Texas Youth Commission is the state's juvenile corrections agency. The commission provides for the care, custody, rehabilitation and the re-establishment into society of persons who are committed to detention by the courts for having engaged in delinquent conduct. TYC operates both institutional and community-based residential programs and provides supervision for youth upon their release to the community.

The appointee, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Bio-Analysts, added, "I know our first priority is the safety of the people of Texas, followed by the rehabilitation and education of youth who have broken our laws. I will make every effort to follow these priorities."

Mr. Serafy's term runs from March 15, 2000 to August 31, 2005, and he was unanimously approved by the Senate Nominations Committee. The full Senate is expected to vote for his confirmation within the next two weeks.

Also approved but not scheduled to appear in Austin was Mr. Chris A. Brisack, who was appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to replace another member whose term expired early last year. Mr. Brisack is name partner in the McAllen law firm of Norquest and Brisack.

"Mr. Brisack is one of the most hard-working individuals who fulfills all of his professional, personal and civic responsibilities with the utmost dedication and the highest standards," said Sen. Lucio. "I know this individual will excel as a member of this Commission and his contributions will greatly impact our entire state. Children and adults will continue to benefit from the extraordinary services our libraries provide, thanks to people like him."

Expressing great enthusiasm, Mr. Brisack said, "I'm very excited about being appointed. I hope that we can make people more aware of the great resources that libraries provide. I also hope that people will view it as a continuing education system and that they will take advantage of it, no matter what their ages are."

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission aids and encourages the development of, and cooperation among, all types of libraries. The agency also establishes and operates the Texas Library System. "From a cost efficiency point of view, you get more bang for your buck through libraries than through almost any other resource. You buy one book and it gets used 100 times, and that's real cost efficiency," explained Mr. Brisack. "Also, we're moving into an age where our most valuable commodity is going to be information and because of that, libraries will play an increasingly important role."

Mr. Brisack also said that since "we're (the state) getting older, it's becoming more and more important to preserve our history. Many people don't realize it, but the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is the main entity for making sure that our history is kept and stored in a way that we can always use it and refer back to it."

The Edinburg resident moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1985 and has lived in Edinburg since 1989. Mr. Brisack's term expires Sept. 28, 2005.