April 6, 2011     E-Newsletter From Your Suffolk County Legislator    Vol. 3, Issue 2

Serving the communities of Belle Terre, East Setauket, Old Field, Poquott, Port Jefferson, Setauket,

South Setauket, Stony Brook and Portions of Centereach, Coram, Port Jefferson Station and Terryville

Viloria-Fisher Attends Somos El Futuro Conference In Albany


Photo: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Deputy Presiding Officer Vivian Viloria-Fisher at the Somos El Futuro Conference on Saturday, April 2nd


Photo: José Calderon and Deputy Presiding Officer Vivian Viloria-Fisher at the 24th Annual Somos El Futuro

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Deputy Presiding Officer, this past weekend, attended the 2011 Somos El Futuro’s Spring Conference in Albany.   According to the conference’s organizers, the three day summit “Brings together nine-thousand (9,000) New Yorkers who represent a cross-section of the state’s Hispanic community; federal, state, and local elected officials, as well as community, labor, and business leaders. Its mission is to provide a forum for the development of social, economic, legislative and budgetary initiatives of concern to Hispanic communities throughout the state. The conference also serves as a stage to acknowledge the significant contributions of Hispanics. These goals are achieved through workshops, seminars, policy institutes and special networking forums.”

This was the Conference’s 24th annual gathering in the State’s Capital. 


Photo (L to R): Stefanie Fisher, Senator Charles Schumer, Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher


Photo: NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and DPO Vivian Viloria-Fisher


Photo: Senator Kirsten Gilibrand and Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher at Somos El Futuro


Photo: Cesar A. Perales, Nominee For NYS Secretary of State and Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher


Photo: NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and DPO Vivian Viloria-Fisher



It’s Story Time With Legislator Viloria-Fisher


Photo: Legislator Viloria-Fisher and Simone at Minnesauke Elementary School For Agriculture Literacy Day.


Photo: Legislator Viloria-Fisher reading to Students at Arrowhead Elementary School in East Setauket

EAST SETAUKET, NEW YORK – Deputy Presiding Officer Vivian Viloria-Fisher recently joined students at both the Arrowhead and Minnesauke Elementary Schools for story time.   As part of the Parents As Reading Partners Program at Arrowhead, Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher read books to two classes on March 22nd.  On Thursday, March 24th Deputy Presiding Officer Viloria-Fisher was at Minnesauke to read to students in three separate classes for Agriculture Literacy Day where she was joined by her chicken Simone

Agriculture Literacy Day is an annual event aimed at increasing knowledge of both agriculture and nutrition, which will allow individuals to make informed personal choices about diet and health.

Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher Leads Worship Service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook

East Setauket, New York - Vivian Viloria-Fisher (D-Setauket), Fifth District Legislator and Deputy Presiding Officer (DPO) of the Suffolk County Legislature, lead a worship service on the spiritual calling of public office at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (UUFSB) on Sunday April 3rd.  People of all faiths were invited to join in this special service during which the Legislator spoke about why she ran for office in 1999 and how her spiritual beliefs have informed her approach and decision-making throughout her political career.  Ms. Viloria-Fisher shared the ways her years of service to the residents of Suffolk County have provided moments of beauty and connection.

“Many people perceive the job of a politician to be distasteful and difficult,” Viloria-Fisher said.  “People often ask me, ‘How can you stand it?’  But I don’t think about it that way.  I describe my job as ‘public official’ or ‘public servant.’  I find my job fulfilling and sometimes even spiritually nourishing.” 

In her talk at the worship service, she touched upon how the principles of her Unitarian Universalist faith align with her belief that the primary mission of government is to provide for the health and safety of every resident, including the most vulnerable in our community:  children, the sick, the poor and newly arrived immigrants. As a result, she has directed her focus on protecting families, schools, the environment and local businesses. 

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