Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) recently honored her Chief of Staff, Joshua Slaughter of Shirley, and Suffolk County’s Department of Social Services Community Relations Director, John Nieves of Bellport, on being named Long Island’s 2013 Top Young Professionals by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. Slaughter and Nieves were presented with a proclamation and glass plaque at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Thirty individuals under the age of thirty from across Long Island were selected for this prestigious recognition.
Joshua Slaughter graduated from SUNY Albany in 2005 having majored in Political Science. Since 2006 he has been Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning’s Chief of Staff. Joshua is a lifelong resident of Suffolk County who has a deep passion for his community and for public service. In addition to his government responsibilities, he volunteers his time in the community and on political campaigns. He also oversees all of Legislator Browning’s fundraising activities. Joshua spends countless hours helping civic organizations and his neighbors; most recently he responded to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy by going door to door to provide food and supplies to those in need, and made sure vital information on recovery programs was reaching those who needed it most.
Upon graduating from High School John Nieves joined the United States Army as a Satellite and Radio Communication Security Repairman. After his honorable discharge, he studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and soon after began working at the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS) in 2006. In 2009 John joined DSS administration as an advisor to the Commissioner on Limited English Proficiency issues, and was later promoted to Community Relations Director for the Department, where he is the LEP/ADA Compliance Officer. As a Department spokesman, he speaks on behalf of the department’s 400,000 applicants and recipients, as well as the Department’s 1,600 staff members. He is the youngest person ever promoted to a DSS executive staff position.
“With so many college graduates forced to leave Long Island due to high costs of living, it’s important to acknowledge those young individuals that have established successful careers here, and who are positively impacting their communities,” stated Legislator Browning. “I know firsthand having worked with both Josh as my Chief of Staff for the last six years and John through assisting my office and constituents, that each are dedicated public servants, and will continue to make Suffolk County a better place. They are great role models for all our young professionals trying to establish themselves in Suffolk County, and are prime examples that through hard work and determination young people can succeed here.”