Farmingville, NY – On October 1, more than 300 people attended the Town of Brookhaven’s 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration hosted by Brookhaven’s Hispanic Advisory Board. During the celebration of Hispanic culture, 150 high school seniors from 15 school districts throughout Brookhaven were honored for achieving a grade point average of 95 or higher. Also honored during the celebration was keynote speaker Olivia Diaz, who serves as the Assistant Principal of Dawnwood Middle School in Centereach. Pictured left to right are Councilman Kevin LaValle; Hispanic Advisory Board Chairman, Guillermo Sandoval; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Town Clerk Donna Lent; Honoree Olivia Diaz and Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich.
In 2013, Supervisor Ed Romaine established the first Hispanic Advisory Board in the Town of Brookhaven to help improve cultural understanding between the Hispanic community, civic and business leaders, Brookhaven government, and Town residents. The Hispanic Advisory Board serves as a sounding board to the Town Board and provides viable recommendations on policies that advance the social and economic well-being of Hispanics and all citizens in the Town of Brookhaven.