Vincentian-born Rosanne Small-Morgan, a senior advocate for the elderly, blind, disabled and underserved population, has declared her candidacy as an independent candidate for the office of Trustee in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Is., New York.
There are four Trustees in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead that has a population of about 55,000 residents, according to the United States Census.
With a heavy concentration of Caribbean Americans, Hempstead is predominantly African American (Blacks) and Latinos. There is also a small population of whites and Asians.
Small-Morgan, 51 – who moved with her family to Hempstead in October 1994 after residing in Queens Village, Queens, New York – is a wife and a “proud mother of two gifted children,” one of whom has autism.
A former Frenches, Kingstown resident, who migrated from St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1988 – she is reportedly the first Caribbean-born woman to seek the office of Trustee in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead.
A senior consumer advocate, author, mentor, motivational speaker, radio and talk show host, with a weekly newspaper advice column, Small-Morgan told THE VINCENTIAN on Wednesday that she’s been “sitting on this announcement for a couple of weeks, going back and forth with God.
“Literally, if He didn’t speak to my heart, I wouldn’t do this,” she said. “I am confident that, with my many years of public service, along with the many connections that I’ve made networking personally and professionally, I can help enhance and bring positive changes to the Inc. Village of Hempstead.”
Small-Morgan, who is running on the ticket, Transparency for Hempstead, also works in the utility industry, where she manages Nassau County and the Rockaways in Queens.
Small-Morgan explained that she has filed and has since received a letter stating that her petition was accepted for her to be put on the ballot.
Even as she continues with her campaign, she awaits clearance from the Nassau County Board of Elections.
Small-Morgan – who is also the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Autism Who Knew Inc., which caters primarily to the African American, Caribbean and Latino populations – said the Incorporated Village of Hempstead is “due for a change.”
She said this change should involve bringing more services and economic opportunities to the residents.
The role of the Trustee, as described by Small-Morgan is to set policies, approve budgets, and generally oversees the work that involves reviewing and approving the various appointed boards and committees in the Village.
Her campaign planks, she said, are focused on economic development; mentorship and internship programs, especially for the middle and high school children; developing a new first time Home Buyers program for young families; helping the elderly and the underserved to get more services; and aiding families with special needs children.
On economic development, she said she would foster an environment to lure big and small businesses alike to the Village.
Small-Morgan said the mentorship and internship programmes would enable intervention before middle and high school children are recruited by gangs.
The new, first time Home Buyers program for young families would “bring more pride of ownership in the village,” she said.
Small-Morgan said she would fight for more services, such as energy efficiency programs, addressing food insecurity and financial literacy, for the elderly and the underserved.
For families with special needs children, she said she would assist them in accessing “their rightful services.”
And about her chances of winning, she confidently said, I think I stand a great chance of winning.”
Small-Morgan’s mother, Lorna Small, who was shockingly murdered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2008, was the retired Director of Libraries and Archives in her native land.
She acknowledges that her strengths of having faith, persevering and giving to the community were instilled in her by her mother.
Small-Morgan’s father is the late Claude Small.