Chelsea IrizarryFeb 13, 2018, 11:10 pmFeb 14, 2018, 3:45 pm

Nassau officials empower residents with vital resources during Black History Month event

Organizers link services to community members to foster economic opportunities

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HEMPSTEAD — The Nassau County Comptroller's Office partnered with the Union Baptist Church of Hempstead to hold a community empowerment event in celebration of Black History Month.

Shari James, the first African-American woman to hold the chief deputy comptroller position, says the night is not only to reflect and celebrate black history, but to also move the community forward and get the resources their office has to Nassau residents.

“We wanted to speak to the youth because they are the next generation and the ones who will move us forward,” James said.

Several vendors took part in the event to offer their resources, including college admission counselors and financial advisers.

Brandon Ray with Union Baptist Church of Hempstead says it's important to form church, community, and government together to spread equality and economic opportunities to all races and ethnicities.

“You have to make sure you connect the community to government, this is a great first step make a bridge to the Hempstead and Long Island community,” Ray said.

Officials say this is the first of many community events the office plans to hold throughout the year.

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