Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
For the first time in approximately 30 years, according to Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, the New Casssel community won’t have to travel beyond its borders to fill prescriptions.
On Tuesday, June 21 at around 11:30 a.m., officials from the Town of North Hempstead and leaders from the New Cassel area took part in a grand opening ceremony on the busy Prospect Avenue.
Nu-Cassel Pharmacy, located at 821 Prospect Ave., will provide residents with a holistic approach to health care and health-related counseling, according to the town.
“Things that begun years and years ago are coming to fruition. What we started years ago was true and it really works. This road has been re-built and these buildings are new. The community center down the street is under construction. The visioning is working,” said Kaiman.
A decade ago, according to Kaiman, the community was asked what they sought from the Town of North Hempstead and what New Casssel envisioned for its future.
“They wanted a main street like other communities have: a pharmacy, a supermarket, a bank. They want a main street that’s safe and well-lit. They want housing for all and a community center,” said Kaiman.
Kaiman thanked several TNH officials on hand, including the former deputy county executive for Economic Development, the Reverend Patrick Duggan, TNH Clerk Leslie Gross, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, TNH Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, TNH Business and Tourism Representative Louise Fishman and the pharmacy’s owner Henry Cunningham.
“When I talk about this being a long time coming, it really was,” said Kaiman, who said in the past 10 years, a partnership between public and private organizations helped make this possible, including building monies coming from former New York State Senator Hilary Clinton and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy.
Councilwoman Russell said faith from the community played a large role in the 10-year process in addition to the work on behalf of Unified New Cassel. Russell noted that rental units above the pharmacy are currently gaining residents as well.
The town’s Community Development Agency also helped the project during the early stages, securing $150K for the launch of pharmacy.
Thanking the community and the many partners involved, pharmacy owner Henry Cunningham said, “We pledge to be here for a very, very long time.”