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Hendel Leiva is a community organizer for Welcoming Long Island, initiative of Long Island Wins. Hendel has previously worked in his hometown of Brentwood on various community related initiatives, including having served as the assistant campaign manager for the Brentwood Campaign for Quality Education. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in English/Latin American studies. In 2012, he received his master’s degree in public administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Latest Posts by Hendel Leiva
A One-of-Kind Welcoming Networking Experience in Patchogue
Posted on June 25, 2014
Special Thanks to Welcoming Long Island Supporters
Posted on May 16, 2014
iNation Goes Live at Kickoff Event on Ellis Island
Posted on May 12, 2014
Suffolk County Police Sergeant Arraigned For Targeting And Stealing Cash from Latino Motorists
Posted on March 24, 2014
Patchogue Embraces Black History
Posted on March 10, 2014
Long Island “Gran Baile De Carnaval” Pageant and Celebration
Posted on March 6, 2014
Teaching Police Sensitivity in Suffolk County
Posted on February 26, 2014
Estoy Enamorado: A Valentine’s Day Call for Immigration Reform
Posted on February 14, 2014
Creating A More Welcoming Community
Posted on December 20, 2013
Long Island Faith and Labor Leaders Unite for Immigrant Rights on International Human Rights Day
Posted on December 11, 2013
Welcoming Week Recap
Posted on October 8, 2013
Celebrating Welcoming Week on Long Island
Posted on September 16, 2013
Playing for Peace and Unity
Posted on August 29, 2013
A Conversation With Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri
Posted on August 12, 2013
A Lot to Look Forward To
Posted on July 29, 2013
A Fresh Start for Patchogue-Medford High School
Posted on March 20, 2013
Organizer’s Notebook: Stories at Dinnertime
Posted on March 5, 2013
My Trip to Peru
Posted on February 27, 2013
Freeport Hosts 2012 Long Island Peruvian Cuisine Expo
Posted on October 8, 2012
County Executive Bellone Declares National Welcoming Week in Suffolk
Posted on September 29, 2012
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Upcoming Events
July 26 - 27, 2014 Immigrant Youth Assistance Fair
August 11, 2014 India Day Parade
October 26, 2014, 9:30AM - 12:00PM Walk to End Domestic Violence 2014