Emily was first elected as a Village of Haverstraw Trustee 11 years ago. Her first appointment was as the Commissioner of the Village Department of Youth and Family Services. In December 2016, Emily was re-elected for her third term and appointed as the first woman Deputy Mayor of the Village of Haverstraw.
During her first year in office, Emily successfully secured $120,000 in funding to support Village needs including extending summer day camp from only six weeks, to a eight full week program, purchasing additional recreation equipment, and establishing a gang prevention program for at-risk youth. Over the years she has brought in more than $550,000 in grant money to the Village of Haverstraw for the Youth & Family Services Department.
Emily has been fundamental in the development of innovative programs and projects that include:
• Senior & Youth Summer Pilot Program– During the summer, the youth of Haverstraw connect with Haverstraw seniors engaging in many different projects, one of which involves the children creating videos preserving the seniors’ stories about life in the Village in years past.
• Bilingual Training Program-Provides free Spanish-to-English translation training for Haverstraw Service Providers in Haverstraw.
• Village Marketing Committee- Rebranded Haverstraw and increased small business awareness.
• Haverstraw Center Hours– Added additional hours (nights & weekends) at the Haverstraw Center with no additional funding.
• New Gateway Entrance– Developed the new “Downtown Haverstraw” sign to promote downtown businesses and stimulate the growing Haverstraw economy.
• Corporal Manny Lopez Ball Field– Emily helped to open the Ball Field in 2010 and in cooperation with other community leaders and volunteers worked to build a concession stand for the new facility.
• Village Newsletter– Created a Village Newsletter and updates on the Village website.
• Village Website – Project liaison on creating a new village website
Emily is presently the Commissioner of the Building Department and Commissioner of Corporal Manny Lopez Ball Field.
Awards & Honors
- 2017 La Junta Distrital Canca La Piedra
- 2016 El Ayuntamiento de Tamboril
- 2016 Appointed Deputy Mayor of the Village of Haverstraw
- 2016 Citizen of the Year from the Haverstraw Elks Lodge
- 2014 Emily became the first Hispanic in Rockland to be accepted by and attend The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
- 2014 Women of Leadership & Vision Award
- 2011 NYS Small Business Development Center Latina Entrepreneur of the Year
- 2011 County of Rockland Distinguished Service Award
- Certificates of recognition for community service & Hispanic Heritage Month from:
- Congresswoman Lowey
- Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski
- Former County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef
- Town of Clarkstown, Town of Haverstraw, St. Peters Church, and Quisqueya Sports Club