NEW YORK — The announcement that Suffolk County executive Steve Levy is considering a run for governor of New York was not well received by the Hispanic community in Suffolk, reports El Diario/La Prensa. "He has a fascist record, he has always sided with whites and never with Hispanics or people of color," Fernando Mateo, president of Hispanics Across America, told the newspaper.
Nadia Marin-Molina, executive director of the Long Island Center for Labor Rights, noted that Levy "has promoted an anti-immigrant record, making the police enforce immigration laws and promoting other anti-immigrant measures that have created a climate of hate against the immigrant here in Suffolk County."
Levy, who was elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, implemented a measure that forced county contractors to make sure they had no undocumented immigrants on their payroll, made it difficult for day laborers to find work, and promoted raids on immigrants' homes, reports El Diario/La Prensa.
The murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero by a group of teenagers highlighted a trend among county police to "systematically ignore hate crimes committed against Latinos," reports El Diario/La Prensa.