- The Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County held their Ninth Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, September 29th, at The Meadowbrook in New Windsor, NY.
For the Committee, the annual event is a time to highlight the work and accomplishments of the past year. Sonia Ayala, Chair of the LDCOC, remarked that it has been a great year for the organization. “We have worked to register voters. We have formed alliances with unions. We are working with the Obama campaign to ensure his re-election. And we assisted in the formation of another Latino Democratic Committee in Dutchess County,” Ayala said.
One of the biggest accomplishments was the establishment of bilingual information at the Orange County Board of Election. In April, the Department of Justice and the Orange County Board of Elections agreed to the Consent Decree which guarantees that voting materials will be translated into Spanish. Five of the LDCOC Board members are part of the Spanish Advisory Committee for the Board of Elections.
Aimee J. Vargas, Empire State Development Mid-Hudson Regional Director, said, “I think it’s very important for all of us as Latino’s to recognize the fact that if it wasn’t for the work that we do for our party, many of our elected would not be where they are today.”
This year, LDCOC honored Congressman Maurice Hinchey for his 20 years of successful public service and his support of the Latino community in the 22nd Congressional District.
Hinchey has worked to position upstate New York as a world leader in the high-tech, clean energy manufacturing job revolution. He has also led the effort to protect drinking water and the environment.
In accepting his award Congressman Hinchey said, “I am very thankful for all the critical work and advocacy that we have done over the past years. I could not have done it without you – all of you.”
The Entrepreneurship Award was presented to Mr. Luis Veras, owner of Mina’s Spanish Kitchen in the Towns of Monroe and New Windsor and Ernie Tirado received the Hero Award.
Live entertainment was provided by Conjunto Sazon (Latin band) and DJ Barry Ruzzi.
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