In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the Hempstead Town Board today hosted a festive celebration at Hempstead Town Hall to recognize local Hispanic-Americans who are making a difference in America’s largest township. Supervisor Santino welcomed distinguished honorees, talented musical performers and inspirational speakers during the event, which was themed “Shaping the Bright Future of America.”
Supervisor Santino presented the 2017 Town of Hempstead Hispanic Heritage Award to Byron Alvarado of Inwood, who founded a local soccer club for young men and also assisted victims of Superstorm Sandy; Kawaljit Chandi of Hempstead, who has helped raise money and collect supplies for underprivileged youth; Frank Colon of Rockville Centre, a war veteran who is actively involved in veterans’ organizations and outreach throughout the Town of Hempstead; Hector Granados of Bellmore, the owner of a successful deli and catering business in Bellmore; Thea Lopez of Elmont, who manages the Nassau Kings Wheelchair Basketball Team; William Miranda of East Meadow, a real estate extraordinaire and member of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce; and Juan Rodriguez of East Rockaway, a dedicated member of the East Rockaway Fire Department.
“Whether it’s managing a deli, running a soccer club, helping veterans or simply ‘doing the little things’ to help others in need, these outstanding Hispanic-Americans are making our township a great place in which to live, work and raise a family,” stated Supervisor Santino. “I congratulate each of our honorees on receiving the Town of Hempstead Hispanic Heritage Award, and for their hard work and dedication on behalf of the residents of America’s largest township.”
The town also welcomed Deputy Inspector Jeiver Espinosa, the highest-ranking Hispanic officer in the Nassau County Police Department, who gave a rousing keynote address. Musical entertainment was provided by Monica Portillo, a professional electronic violinist from El Salvador, as well as vocalists Kristen Nicole and Isabella Mendez. Pastor Derek Garcia, who is renowned for his work in the local Hispanic-American community, also provided inspirational remarks.
Coinciding with the beginning of national Hispanic Heritage Month, the IKARUS Gallery Cultural Program presented a Latino art exhibit entitled “Nurturing Our Roots” in the lobby of Hempstead Town Hall. The display, featuring original paintings, drawings and photography from local Latino artists, will be on display through October 15th.
“America’s largest township is proud of its diversity and proud to recognize the accomplishments of those with Hispanic roots, as their contributions continue to enhance the high quality of life offered by our town,” concluded Santino.