Official Press Release from Santiago for Yonkers
Hector Santiago is a 35 year old Yonkers native. A proud father of 3, local activist, grassroots organizer and community change agent. Better known as “Hector The Connector” because of his decade of work on Cross Sector collaborations throughout the City of Yonkers and tri-state area. Many which have brought the much needed education, opportunities & change to the community he looks to serve and currently lives in.
Hector is the founder of Stop And Shake initiative, which encourages police officers and community members to proactively build relationships using the initiative as an icebreaker and or deescalation tool. This Nationally acclaimed initiative has spread as close as Mount Vernon and as far as Ohio, And Texas.
Hector walked 168 miles from Yonkers to Albany raising awareness of Mental Heath. The purpose was to get monies allocated to Yonkers for Mental Health Programs, as well as to encourage people to speak about their depression – especially men of color in the community.
Hector is currently a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Yonkers, Sits on the Yonkers Climate safe Taskforce and is on the St Peter’s Early Childhood school Policy committee.
His purpose for running can be best described in this quote by Whitney Young
“I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless”
Some Campaign Highlights are
* Climate Change * Affordable Housing * Building Department Efficiency * Education * Community Benefit’s Agreement * Internal Audits * Co-Governance * Transparency & Accountability * Family Building & Mediation * Youth Programming & Opportunities * Homelessness * Mental Health * Undocumented Services
The original press releases in both English and Spanish are below: