Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month recognized for community efforts

Martha Robles, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director, receives Distinguished Service Award from Rockland County Legislature’s Chairman Toney Earl (Photo: Kathy Kahn)

Three dedicated people—Martha Robles of Rockland Catholic Charities; Elsa Seguinot, retired Sergeant with the NYPD and President of the Rockland County Police Hispanic Society; and Michael Greco, the first Latino appointed as a U.S. Marshall for the South District of New York and Chairman of Rockland County Commission on Human Rights—were recognized for their contributions to the Latino/Hispanic people of Rockland with Distinguished Service Awards.  Their endeavors, said Earl, have helped thousands of the county’s residents, whether it is to help with an unpaid electric bill, fill out a form, and find housing or suitable child care for working parents. Hundreds of donations for communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, Haiti and others  have poured in after the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “We shipped 23 pallets of goods to Puerto Rico yesterday,” said Seguinot, “and we’re deeply touched by the outpouring of help from all residents in Rockland for those affected by these catastrophes.”