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County Executive Bellone Announces the Selection of Maria Teresa Romero as the County's 2022 Annual Woman of Distinction

Maria Teresa Romero Nominated by Legislator Manual Esteban

  • 29 March 2022
  • Author: Steve Burkhart
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For Immediate Release

March 29, 2022


Romero is the Founder and Executive Director of Latina Sister Support, Inc.


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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the selection of Maria Teresa Romero as the County’s 2022 Annual Woman of Distinction. Ms. Romero was nominated by Legislator Manuel Esteban of the 16th District. 


Ms. Romero, an 11 year Breast Cancer Survivor, founded the nonprofit organization Latina Sister Support, Inc. The nonprofit works to resolve the disparities in access to quality healthcare and Breast Cancer awareness among Hispanic/Latina women and their families, while also providing them with education and support through their journey. Unlike most nonprofit organizations who receive grants, Ms. Romero has funded this nonprofit out of her own pocket and through private donations.


“Access to equal healthcare, regardless of race, gender and ethnicity should be readily available for every resident here in Suffolk County and across the country,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “The work of women like Maria Teresa Romero, helps to bridge that gap, giving every woman and their family the ability to get the healthcare they need and deserve.”


In addition, Latina Sisters Support, Inc. (LSS) provides therapist support, access to transportation, monthly support group meetings, family care, and planned events. For more information on LSS please click here.


In recognition of Women’s History Month, Suffolk County honors local women for the work they do to better their county and community. One woman is nominated from each of the 18 legislative districts, then an overall countywide winner is chosen by the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission as Suffolk County Woman of Distinction.



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