Celestino White Sr.
in an April 22 meeting.White is chairman of the Senate Housing, Sports and Veterans Affairs Committee.
A six-time world champion, Griffith left the Virgin Islands as a teenager and has lived his
entire adult life in New York.In recent years, the legendary fighter has fallen on hard times.He
lives modestly in a small studio apartment in Hempstead, Long Island, with his
adopted son, Luis Rodrigo.Griffith suffers from lingering health problems and memory loss stemming from a 1992 attack in which he
was badly beaten on a Manhattan street.
After meeting with Rosario, White's
office agreed to "facilitate" fundraising efforts for Griffith's relocation and was immediately inundated with calls from local businesses and private citizens offering to help the former champ.
...Frankie Hoheb, White's chief of staff, said the senator's office advised Rosario to wait to start a fundraising campaign until Griffith arrived for the upcoming boxing tournament.