(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) - Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D – Freeport) joined Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Hempstead Supervisor Laura A. Gillen, Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, and Gabriela Castillo, Executive Director of Office of Hispanic Affairs to celebrate the grand opening ceremony of the new Office of Hispanic Affairs on Monday, June 24.
The ceremony marked a new beginning for the department previously known as the Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA) and a new, more prominent floor level at 40 Main St. in Hempstead. During the ceremony, Office of Hispanic Affairs leaders announced upcoming cultural events and new opportunities available for Hispanic residents across Nassau County.
“The Office of Hispanic Affairs continues to serve as a valuable resource that connects Nassau County’s Hispanic communities with access to vital government services,” said Legislator Mulé. “I wish them continued success in their new and improved office location.”
“While our office has existed for several decades, it was necessary to appropriately identify our community and create a new vision and path that would better meet the needs of our rapidly growing Latino constituency,” said Gabriela Castillo, Executive Director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs. “I applaud the efforts of our County Executive for helping ensure that our office was no longer operating out of a basement, and for working with me and our advisory board on creating a new vision where Nassau County government would be accessible to all.”