Hempstead Town Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Today, Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead Town Board observed National Hispanic Heritage Month during a special ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall.  Six local residents were honored for their contributions to the Hispanic community, their neighborhoods and Hempstead Town as a whole.

“We are privileged to commend these six exceptional individuals, who serve as role models for others and influence the lives of so many,” stated Supervisor Kate Murray. “Their contributions to our township inspire others to achieve success and live the American Dream.”

This year’s honorees are: Maria Magdalena Brisita, owner of Magdalena’s Beauty Salon in Hempstead; Elizabeth Custodio, Business Development Officer at Astoria Federal Savings Bank; Hon. Carmen J. Piñeyro, Deputy Mayor of the Village of Freeport; Robert Suarez, Community Development Officer at Bethpage Federal Credit Union; Dr. Anderson Torres, Executive Director of the Hispanic Counseling Center in Hempstead; and Yesenia Vasquez, founder of the bilingual vocational training school Sitiotech. Delivering the keynote address was Luis Vazquez, Chairman of the Board of the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health and President of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

A Latino Art exhibit, presented by the IKARUS Gallery Cultural Program, will be on display in the lobby of Hempstead Town Hall through October 15th.  The display features original paintings, drawings and photography from local Latino artists and the Ikarus Children’s Academy. Viewing is during Town Hall business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (weekdays).

“Our annual celebration recognizes the unique imprint that Hispanic Americans have been making on our nation and on the Town of Hempstead,” concluded Murray. “We take pride in the dynamic and increasing role that this vital component of the town’s family plays in shaping the character of our nation, and we are delighted to have an opportunity to honor these individuals.”