OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining Deputy Mayor Omar J. Herrera was chosen as a member of the 2015-17 Class of Empire State Fellows, the New York secretary of state announced.
The program, now in its fourth year, recruits mid-career professionals from the public and private sectors to serve as the new generation of New York State government leaders.
The 10 new Empire State Fellows were chosen from a competitive pool of outstanding candidates for their professional experience, leadership potential, creativity and commitment to public service.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appoints each Empire State Fellow to work closely with senior administration officials and participate in the policy-making process.
As a village of Ossining trustee, he and his colleagues adopted a “Complete Streets Policy” which ensured that all future roadways are strategically designed to consider pedestrian safety, access and equitable mobility for all.
Herrera also voted on a successful resolution supporting Cuomo’s “Raise the Age” initiative to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18; restored the previously censored video recording and airing of public comment section during board meetings making the actions of the Board more transparent; and, launched virtual and mobile office hours for community outreach.
Prior to his election in Ossining, Herrera was a legislative assistant at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, where he worked on constituent affairs, case management, legislative research and community outreach.
In addition, he served as the public relations director for the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and was a small business owner of an event management firm.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in communications and media from Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
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