Asian American Office Formed in Nassau County

Farrah Mozawalla, acting executive director of the Asian American Advisory Board and the Office of Asian American Affairs. (Photo from the Nassau County Asian American Advisory Board/Facebook via Valley Stream Herald)

Having served as acting executive director of Nassau County’s Asian American Advisory Board since last summer, Farrah Mozawalla of Valley Stream now heads the Office of Asian American Affairs, formed after an April 22 vote by the County Legislature to create an office for the board. The move came in response to growth in the county’s Asian-American population.

Melissa Koenig writes for Valley Stream Herald:

The Office of Asian American Affairs would help ensure that Asian-Americans in the county are afforded the same services as other residents, inform the community about opportunities with area businesses and update county officials about issues or policies affecting the Asian-American community. An executive director and advisory council comprising residents from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds would oversee the new office.

Mozawalla, who has Indian and Pakistani roots, will likely be officially appointed to lead the office at the May 20 meeting of the Legislature.

At a press conference prior to the April 22 vote, Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) pointed out that the Asian-American population in the county has increased by 40 percent since 2005 and now makes up 10 percent of the county.

Koenig noted that Silea Bynoe (D-Westbury) had initially wrote a letter requesting the creation of the office but ended up voting against the bill. Find out why at Valley Stream Herald.

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