Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman Tom Donnelly recently joined with the Department of Human Services to host the Town’s 15th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Town Hall Annex in North Babylon. The event featured music, arts, activities and food, as well as performances by Copiague High School’s Spanish Club, Hip Pop Club and Madrigal Choir. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Jeannette Santos, who has held many important community positions including former Deputy Commissioner of the Town’s Department of Human Services.
At the ceremony, the Town of Babylon honored Priscilla Zarate-Valencia of the Brentwood Union Free School District for her work as an educator and her commitment to advancing cultural diversity through bilingual education. Also honored were representatives from the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides food, clothing and educational services to those in need in the Wyandanch community.Pictured from left to right are Councilman Donnelly; Honoree Priscilla Zarate-Valencia; Honoree Noelle Campbell of The Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center; Honoree Father Bill Brisotti of The Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center; Deputy Supervisor Martinez; Jason Richberg of County Legislator DuWayne Gregory’s Office; Angel Rivera of State Senator Phil Boyle’s Office; Traci Fonville, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Human Services; and Mistress of Ceremonies Jeannette Santos.