Suffolk County Latina leader Renee Ortiz will be one of the people honored at CARECEN’s annual dinner on November 16, and in preparation for the event, I sat down with her last week.
Renee is currently the Chief Deputy Clerk of the Suffolk Legislature, and she is also a member of the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Task Force. She grew up in Central Islip and returned there to live after finishing college.
“I went back because I had a great childhood there,” she said. Her parents moved to Central Islip because they wanted their kids to live in a community “where we wouldn’t feel like we didn’t belong.
“My father is what he called a ‘Black Puerto Rican,’ of...| read more ››