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Ossining's Diversity Inspires Borgia Aide

Omar Herrara is taking his responsibilities as County Legislator Catherine Borgia's new community coordinator to heart.

"Growing up in Ossining, going to birthday parties was like seeing a mini-United Nations," said Omar Herrera, now 22, when describing what he loves most about living here.

He described his friends and their nationalities—Italian, Irish, African-American, Spanish, to name a few—as something he embraced and still treasures about the town.

"It's great to see so many cultures and customs come together," said the Ossining High School graduate, due to graduate from Pace University this spring.

And now he's partially responsible for getting the diverse voices of local residents heard by local lawmakers. Herrera was recently appointed as Community Coordinator by Catherine Borgia, Westchester county legislator for district nine.

He's charged with finding ways to unite the five towns the district covers—Ossining, Croton, Cortlandt, Peekskill and Briarcliff Manor—and with opening communications between residents and Borgia's office.

To that end, he's helped orchestrate two "meet the legislator" coffee hours to be held on Jan. 26 at The Black Cow, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

"These are opportunities for locals to meet Catherine and let her know what their concerns are," Herrera said.

He's no slouch himself when it comes to talking with locals and finding ways to channel their vision. Herrera is a creative designer of events and through his company, OJH Productions, he has planned everything from weddings with a camping theme to one of the main stages at the annual Ossining Village Fair.  And, as a member of the board of directors for the Ossining Chamber of Commerce he markets the groups services and does public relations for their programs.

Exposed to politics at a young age—he completed an internship with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef as a student at Ossining High School—he said he enjoys working with a community leaders.

What he enjoys about local politics, he said, is seeing as many local voices as possible be a part of the political process.

 

Deb January 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I am so proud of you Omar. You have always showed your wonderful heart to me and your peers I enjoyed having you in class in grade five. You bring such happiness love joy and celebration of life to all you touch. Ever since you were a ten yr old boy. This is a gift and you are a blessing. Congratulations. And please return to visit me. I would love to have you inspire my kids now! Mucho gracias. Maestra. Deb graham. There is nothing you can't do once you believe and have confidence in yourself !
pegs-pix.com January 15, 2013 at 08:03 PM
So proud of you Omar,,,,I taught you reading when you were in the third grade,,,,we all made a comic book together at the end of the semester and your talents were very apparent at even that young age.
Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber January 21, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Sounds like a wonderful idea! All the best Omar.

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