by Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano welcomed dozens of Nassau’s Salvadorian-Americans to the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building earlier this month, to celebrate their cultural identity and achievements in the United States.
Among the Salvadoran attendees was Mauricio Vásquez – Consul General of El Salvador on Long Island and Connecticut.
Those honored by Mangano, at a ceremony during the event, included: Maria Avelar, founder of Salvadoran Civic Committee; Gloria Rodriguez – Realtor; U.S. Naval Chief Petty Officer Pablo Ernesto Ayala; Dimas Escobar, President of the Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Army Sgt. Cristóbal Benítez; Oscar Landaverde, itv Television- Tele- El Salvador; Diana Elizabeth Ayala Hernandez of En Viajero TV; Karen Cerna, David letterman TV Production & Event Coordinator; and Wilfredo Campos, Univion sports personality.
“Nassau County is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of various ethnic groups to our region and we are proud to celebrate our diversity and rich historical culture that links our past to our future,” Mangano said, as he welcomed a room packed with attendees. “Salvadorian- Americans have actively enhanced the economic, cultural and social enrichment of our nation and local communities, earning the respect and admiration of their fellow citizens.”
Salvadorians were the first Hispanic immigrant group to have a federally declared day to celebrate their identity and achievements in the United States.
“They are to be commended for their outstanding contributions to Nassau County including sharing their heritage, history, literature, and music,” Mangano said. “I would like to congratulate all of today’s honorees. Thank you for your hard work towards making Nassau County the best place to live, work and raise a family.”