Westchester Hispanic Community Empowered By New Festivals, Awards

Yonkers mayor Mike Spano, in front of the U.S. flag, awarding the Trailblazing Awards during Hispanic Heritage Month. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

The following is a summary of a Westchester Hispano story on Hispanic Heritage Month activities in the county.

The growth of the Hispanic community in Westchester County is highlighted in a series of recent Hispanic Heritage Month activities covered by Westchester Hispano. On Sept. 26, the mayor of Yonkers Mike Spano awarded the Trailblazing Awards to six noted members of the community, including two police officers (Luis Muñíz, Vionette Martínez), entrepreneur Dagoberto Espíritu, priest José Camacho and community leaders Awilda Mejías and Melissa Vélez Goldberg.

Meanwhile, two river towns celebrated their first time Hispanic Festival. On Sept. 23, Peekskill celebrated its Hispanic heritage in the backyard of the Church of the Assumption, organized by the nonprofit Hispanic Community Corp. On Sept. 30, Ossining did the same.

“In Ossining there were Portuguese and Italian events, and we always wanted to have our own festival. It is a dream come true for me to have achieved that,” said Ana Guzmán Piedra, president of the organizing Committee of Ossining Hispanic Parents.


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