The mission of Minority Affairs is to address the needs of African-American Advisory Board, Hispanic Advisory Board, Asian-American Advisory Board, Muslim-American Advisory Board, Jewish Advisory Board, and other minority residents of Suffolk County. We have established a quarterly roundtable meeting of the advisory chairpersons who collectively develop an annual report of findings and recommendations which could impact policy and government regulations. This report will be presented to the County Executive. The Boards will collaborate on an Economic Development project to help stimulate growth in our economy.
Suffolk County is home to nearly 1.5 million people. In 2000, African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and other ethnic groups made up nearly 20% of the total population.
These various ethnic groups make up the fastest growing communities in our County and with their growth and presence, come a variety of issues and concerns that affect the community as a whole.
County Executive Steven Bellone recognizes that many of the issues affecting these communities revolve around access to health care, economic development, and education. He has a firm commitment to the concepts of Equal Employment Opportunities, access to services, and zero tolerance for discrimination. The Office of Minority Affairs supports the Executive's commitment by providing oversight to a number of coalitions and committees that pursue the interests of these communities County-wide and advocate for the needs of communities of color.
The Office of Minority Affairs is also a home to the County's Minority Business Development Council and the Women's Business Enterprise Coalitions. Both Coalitions function to assist qualified women and minority-owned businesses in effectively competing for bids, contracts and other procurement opportunities in County government and other entities. Businesses seeking certification as a minority or women-owned business in Suffolk County, may also obtain applications and information on qualifications through the Office of Minority Affairs.
The Office of Minority Affairs continuously offers technical assistance to community-based organizations providing outreach and services to the various ethnic communities in Suffolk. Referral and information services are also available to individuals seeking assistance in accessing programs or with questions regarding matters of discrimination.