Long Island Latinos Devastated by Wave of Home Foreclosures

study by the New York Communities for Change found that Latinos in Long Island are among the state's hardest hit group for home foreclosures.
"The Suffolk and Nassau counties in Long Island...were ranked first and second among the highest foreclosure rates in the state during the first quarter of this year. From 2006 to 2010 Suffolk registered 30,552 foreclosures and Nassau registered 22,376." 
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Richard Gutierrez: 1st Latino president of Queens Bar Association

"It's significant for young Hispanic attorneys to see that there is a president of a mainstream bar association who is Latino because then it becomes something they can hopefully achieve if they want because someone else has achieved it.

It gives us all hope, because diversity is so important in the legal community; inclusion is important." Richard Gutierrez

 Criminal defense attorney Richard Gutierrez is the first Hispanic to be elected president of the Queens County Bar Association.

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Benny Torres and Ricardo Montano Partner to Serve Latinos in Hampton Bay

The Latino population has exploded across the Hamptons of LI -- +94.2% in the Town of East Hampton; +140.3% in the Town of Southampton; and +118.9% in the Town of Shelter Island -- so it's no surprise that Latino businesses are growing as well.

Fiesta Auto in Hampton Bays (+154.7%) is one of the new businesses catering to the area's growing Latino community. The entrepreneur is local resident Benny Torres. According to the 27east.com story, the enterprise is unique because it offers a full menu of services -- insurance, tax and legal assistance -- in partnership with Ricardo Montano's law firm Ferruggia and Calisto, LLP.
Seeking a new venture, [Benny] Torres decided in October to open a branch of Fiesta Auto Insurance—a national chain with 74 locations across the United States—close to his Hampton Bays home. The West Montauk Highway location opened in January.
Looking to further bridge the language gap for Latinos by also offering them access to bilingual legal representation, Mr. Torres said he reached out to an old friend, Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano, a partner with the Hauppauge law firm Ferruggia and Calisto, LLP.

US Census: 1,551,629 Latinos Live In The 4 Counties of Long Island

‎1,551,629 Latinos live in the 4 counties situated on Long Island: Kings (Brooklyn) 496,285, Queens 613,750, Nassau 195,355 and Suffolk 246,239. That's 45% of NY State's Latino population!