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Senator Phillips Attends Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Latina Hat Luncheon

Latina Hat LuncheonSenator Elaine Phillips recently attended the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Latina Hat Luncheon, which celebrates outstanding Latina role models, business leaders and community advocates.


“Hispanic women have reached the heights of all industries, including business, entertainment, medicine, law and journalism – and that is nowhere clearer than here on Long Island,” Senator Phillips said. “Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees for your achievements and for being outstanding role models and community advocates. Thank you to Chamber President Luis Vazquez and the Board of Trustees for inviting me to attend the celebration.”


The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to advancing the business needs of Long Island’s Hispanic community. The chamber helps provide members with business support, professional development workshops, advocacy programs, resource materials and networking opportunities that will help their businesses prosper.


The honorees included:

  • Arts & Media Excellence Award – Dascha Polanco, Actor
  • Voice of the People Award – Monica Morales, WPIX 11 News
  • Founder’s Award: Visionary of the Year – Mariela Dabbah, Red Shore Movement CEO
  • Educational Advocate of the Year – Maria Gonzalez, Prescod Brentwood school trustee
  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Victoria Ojeda, NC Police Hispanic Society
  • Community Relations Award – Vanessa Rodriguez, NYRA
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Mercedes Altman, NC C.A.S.A. Exec. Dir.
  • Immigration Advocate of the Year – Gabriela Castillo
  • Supreme Court Justice Award – Hon. Judge Carmen Velasquez, 11th Judicial District


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Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves Hosts First Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Hispanic Heritage MonthPresiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves recently held the First Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Nassau County Legislature. The event was an opportunity to recognize four Hispanic residents that are leaders and advocates who live and work in Nassau County.


The legislature was grateful to have the Long Island Hispanic chamber of commerce (LIHCC) and the Long Island Hispanic Pastors Association (LIHPA) help coordinate the event. Their guidance in selecting the honorees ensured an interesting and inspiring program.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Legislature helps increase awareness of the struggles and triumphs of Hispanics Americas in Nassau County. Hispanic and Latino Americans are an important presence in the United States and we are honored to celebrate their heritage and culture: said Presiding Officer Gonsalves”


The evening honorees were: Dr. Jorge Gardyn, was keynote speaker and is honoree as “Hispanic Healthcare Advocate of the Year”. Dr Gardyn was born in Cuba and is Board Certified Internist with a practice specializing in Preventative Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Hyperlipidemia and Diabetes care. Ivan Arizaga of Aric Signs & Awnings was honored as “Hispanic Small Business person of the Year”. Mr. Arizaga a native of Ecuador is one the most popular local business providing professional signs, banners, lettering, and awnings.


Also honored was Reverend Humberto Chavez, New York Racetrack Chaplain as “Hispanic Community Advocate of the Year.” Mr. Chavez was born in Mexico and has organized recreational, educational and religious programs for families that reside at all three racetracks in New York and also served various ministries through the Metro New York District of the Church of the Nazarene.


The Hispanic Heritage Month celebration was hosted by Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves and was held at the Peter J. Schmitt Legislative Chamber, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola NY on October 22, 2015, the event was attended by a diverse audience and local officials.


Pictured above (left to right) are Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, Ivan Arizaga of Aric signs & Awnings, Rev. Humberto Chavez , New York Chaplainry, Dr. Jorge L. Gardyn of Island Occupational Medical Resources, P.C.


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Senator Martins Recognized as Legislator of The Year by The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Local official honored by commerce group.Senator Jack M. Martins was recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s 25th Annual Gala of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Senator Martins was honored to be recognized among the other honorees for their accomplishments and to be bestowed with the Legislator of the Year honor by such a prestigious organization as the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Picture above are (top row, l-r): Robert S. Budd (Honoree), Frank Valverde (Legal Council for LIHCC/BOD), Juan Vides (BOD), Ken Rosato (Master of Ceremonies), Ernest Gonzalez (Honoree), Luis Vazquez (President of LIHCC), Don Giorgio (honoree), Gerald Insall (Honoree), Senator Jack Martins (Honoree), John Orsono (Treasurer for LIHCC); (bottom row, l-r): Xiomara Leto (BOD), Amy Flores (Honoree), Pauline Gebon (representing Lynda Ireland, Honoree) Rosa Rhoden (Vice Presidnt of LIHCC,), Elizabeth Custodio (BOD).


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