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LD 17 - Legislator Tom Donnelly

Posted on: February 23, 2018

Legislator Donnelly Appoints Deer Park Resident To Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board


Deer Park resident and educator Priscilla Zarate has been appointed to a three-year term on the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board by Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station). 

The Hispanic Advisory Board was established by resolution in 2005 to confer on issues of importance and relevance to the Hispanic community and to make recommendations to the Suffolk County Legislature and Suffolk County Executive. Volunteers serving on the 15-member board work to improve cultural understanding between the Hispanic Community, Suffolk County Government, and Suffolk County residents; promote Hispanic business development; and encourage civic participation at all levels by members of the Hispanic Community.

Legislator Donnelly selected Ms. Zarate based on her impressive background and commitment to the Hispanic community. The NYS-licensed teacher has several professional certifications including in administration, supervising, bi-lingual education and Spanish instruction. Ms. Zarate is currently the Coordinator of English as a New Language (ENL) and World Languages (K-12) for the Islip School District. She was the Executive Director for the New York City Department of Education where she supervised Bilingual, ENL and Dual Language Programs citywide. Formerly, she was Assistant Coordinator for Bi-Lingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Brentwood School District. She has made presentations at more than a dozen conferences and had several papers published in educational journals. Ms. Zarate coordinates the Town of Babylon Hispanic Heritage Festival, served on the Deer Park Parent Communications Committee and has created school-based Hispanic Recognition Programs. She received a New York State commendation as a “Hispanic Leader” and was honored by the Town of Babylon for her contributions to the Hispanic community.

“As an uncompromisingly strong advocate for Hispanic residents throughout Suffolk County, Priscilla Zarate is uniquely qualified to serve on the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board,” said Legislator Donnelly. “I know she will be an outstanding addition to this very important Board, and I thank her for agreeing to serve.”

“I’m humbled and honored to represent Legislator Donnelly and the Hispanic community,” said Ms. Zarate. “I’ve spent the last 22 years as an educator and leader building bridges and creating an environment that fosters a respect for and appreciation of all cultures from around the world. I eagerly look forward to continuing this mission.”

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