Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum recognized Betty Leong for her contributions to Nassau County during the 21st annual Women’s History Trailblazer Awards Ceremony.
The retired New York City high school math teacher is the newly appointed copresident of the Chinese Center of Long Island. She is also a former copresident and board member of the Great Neck Chinese Association. In both roles, she raised awareness and appreciation of Chinese culture through programming and community outreach.
As a board member of the Lakeville Estates Civic Association, Leong has represented the community at many seasonal community gatherings. She also serves on the Town of North Hempstead’s Ethics Committee and has worked closely with town officials to introduce the game of pickleball to the town’s seniors.
Leong is also a volunteer coordinator at the Joy Fu Senior Program at Michael J. Tully Park and supported efforts to revitalize the New Hyde Park Senior Club at Clinton G. Martin Park. She has traveled to Albany on behalf of AARP to advocate for caregiver tax credits and increasing aid to home and community-based services.
“Betty Leong continues to be a tireless, passionate individual who enjoys being involved in community affairs and serving the members of the community enthusiastically,” said Birnbaum. “I am delighted to recognize her advocacy for Nassau County’s Chinese-American community, for seniors and residents of the Town of North Hempstead during this year’s Women Trailblazers celebration.”