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New year, nothing new for Hispanics in Nassau

The Hispanic community of Nassau is doomed as it continues being a spectator and in the best of cases, to occupy second or third level seat at the decision-making table….

Lialdia.com / Editor / Central Islip / 12/28/2017SPANISH – Nassau County will begin 2018 with a new administration led by Democrat Laura Curran who defeated Republican Jack Martins last November in large part due to a coalition of voters with a significant constituency of African-American and Hispanic citizens.

Unfortunately, that coalition is not reflected at the top of the administration’s cabinet. Out of the seven (7) positions which have been announced, none of the appointments correspond to citizens of Hispanic origin which may have an easy explanation: the only Hispanic on Laura Curran’s transition team is Jorge Martinez, a Freeport Republican who has little involvement in the meaningful issues affecting Hispanics on Long Island which helps explain the clear disconnect between the transition team and Nassau’s Hispanic community.

County Executive-elect Laura Curran and her team are not solely responsible for the precarious situation of Hispanics in Nassau. Recently, we read in a local weekly about a byzantine back-and-forth among some Hispanic individuals, whom we will not refer to as leaders, seeking self-promotion and notoriety in order to obtain a position in the new administration. In a counterproductive effort, some of those individuals claimed prominence and urged self-appointments be based on nationality instead of merit and qualifications. It is truly sad to see those opportunists in action, when not even a year ago at least one of them was going around exalting the Republican agenda justifying an anti-immigrant platform and a close ally to the corrupt Republican machine in Nassau.

Unfortunately, those individuals taint the Hispanic brand and make it easy for elected officials to justify the lack of representation. Undoubtedly, Hispanics have achieved tremendous demographic and economic growth yet those numbers still do not translate into political power. The individuals this time around are no better than the ones involved a decade ago. There’s some sort of renewal yet many of them still suffer from the same deficiencies from the last cadre of Hispanics that were politically involved: lack of vision, lack of commitment, lack of academic and professional preparedness and lack of teamwork spirit.

The Hispanic community of Nassau is doomed as it continues being a spectator and in the best of cases, to occupy second or third level seat at the decision-making table which may be satisfactory for someone at the personal level but it should not be celebrated or perceived as a collective achievement. How sad!

Photo : County Executive-elect Laura Curran

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