Vivian attending a recent rally

Vivian attending a recent rally

I was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to New York with my family as a child. I attended Hunter College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. I later earned a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

I served on the Suffolk County Legislature for thirteen years. I taught both English and Spanish at the Middle Country School District from 1969 to 1990, with some years off for child care. I was chosen to be part of Middle Country’s first experimental interdisciplinary teaching team and nominated to Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

In 1990, the Three Village School District recruited me to teach Advanced Placement Spanish at Ward Melville High School. During my tenure at Three Village, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, The Artist as Witness of His Time, where I continued my interdisciplinary studies.

I retired in 2002 after having served as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages. These two districts cover a large portion of CD1 and serve diverse constituencies, giving me great understanding of various populations in the district.

I was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature on January 19, 1999 in a special election. I went on to serve 13 years as a legislator and I served as Deputy Presiding Officer for six years. My greatest areas of interest were social justice and environmental protection. After leaving the legislature, due to term limits, I served on a number of boards includingThe Suffolk County Food Policy Council, which I created, and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s C3 and C4 boards.

- Vivian Viloria-Fisher