Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in New York State’s black community.The Presiding Officer is featured in the 2019 “Power of Diversity: Black 100” list, an inaugural effort by media organization City & State New York. The list features well-known figures like New York Attorney General Letitia James as well as dozens of others in government, business, law, unions, media, and nonprofits.“I am humbled to be considered alongside such accomplished and spirited honorees in the ‘Power of Diversity’ list,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “One of New York’s greatest assets is that it is rich with residents from all cultures and backgrounds. Every person should feel heard and represented, both by their elected officials and in the pursuit of public policy. I want to thank City & State New York for believing that diversity is worth celebrating and offer my congratulations to my fellow honorees.”Presiding Officer Gregory has given 26 years of service to his country, county and community. An Army veteran, he is currently serving his fifth term in the Suffolk County Legislature representing the county’s 15th legislative district. In 2011, he was chosen as the Legislature’s Majority Leader, making him the first person of color to serve in that role. Just three years later, he became the first person of color chosen as Presiding Officer. He has marked his career in public service with landmark achievements that include creating a gun offender registry, creating the Suffolk County Land Bank to put blighted properties back on the tax rolls, and making Suffolk County the first municipality in the nation to ban the sale of powdered caffeine to minors. In naming Gregory to the “Power of Diversity: Black 100” list, City & State referenced his efforts to protect residents from future storms by creating the Superstorm Sandy Review Task Force and commissioning a report to improve Suffolk’s storm preparedness and response efforts.The Presiding Officer and others named to the list were recognized at a reception in New York City on Dec. 9. Also honored were Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.Caption for above photo: Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, right, and fellow honoree Rep. Gregory Meeks at the reception for the 2019 “Power of Diversity: Black 100” list.