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Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados to be Honored by the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County

Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados to be Honored by the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County Credits: Union County Freeholders

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, Inc. (HLEAUC, Inc.) has selected to honor Union County Vice Chairman Sergio Granados as a Community Leader for his commitment to the Union County community and his continued efforts to achieve social unity and economic equality among all residents. Vice Chairman Granados will be formally honored at the HLEAUC 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance in Elizabeth, NJ.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized among this year’s law enforcement and community leader honorees – each of whom exemplifies the laudable mission of the HLEAUC,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados. “Achieving diversity in law enforcement and community leadership builds trust in the community and helps to establish effective policing by public safety officials and leaders who are sworn to serve.”

“Freeholder Vice Chairman Granados embodies what our association is all about. He's a leader in our community who works tirelessly to unite and improve all of the communities throughout Union County. His diligence has made monumental strides throughout and even more for our association,” said Louis DeMondo of Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, Inc.

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Tickets to the HLEAUC 25th Anniversary Gala are $125 per person and are available now through Friday, October 21. Each ticket includes sit down dinner with meal selection, open bar, and cocktail reception. The evening also includes live music from Grammy-nominee, and New Jersey native Frankie Negron, with music by DJ Frankie Vera.  For more information or to purchase tickets through the HLEACU visit hleauc.org or call (908) 219-9109.

HLEAUC is a non-profit organization comprised of law enforcement officers and community leaders from throughout Union County.  The mission of HLEAUC is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the Hispanic community, to reaffirm commitment to diversity in employment and to promote integrity and professionalism in law enforcement. Central to the HLEAUC mission is the formation of partnerships with education and civic community groups.

HLEAUC promotes diversity in law enforcement through scholarships, sponsored training and educational programs, as well as outreach programs in partnership with the community – assisting residents of Hispanic heritage to become law enforcement officials and community leaders of the future.

Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, a native of Elizabeth and community activist who has experience working with non-profits and volunteer organizations, was elected to his first full term to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder in 2013 - becoming the youngest Democratic Freeholder ever elected in the State of New Jersey. Granados also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Kean University.

Through his work on the Freeholder Board, Granados has emphasized community outreach and fiscal reform, workforce initiatives that have created over 1,000 job opportunities in 2015 alone,  parks and educational improvements, and additional initiatives to benefit veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In 2015, Granados founded Moving New Jersey Forward, a community-based non-profit, whose mission is to raise awareness and education efforts at the local and national level about social justice issues.

In addition, Granados has a long record of activism, he has served with many organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Lions Club, the Portuguese Instructive Social Club, the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee, Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce, New Leaders Council-New Jersey & Shaping Elizabeth.

The HLEAUC 25th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance in Elizabeth, NJ. For more information about the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, Inc. (HLEAUC, Inc.) visit hleauc.org.

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