Curran Administration to Highlight Historic Progress in Opening Doors of Opportunity for Minority Communities in Nassau County
MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s Administration will tomorrow address the Nassau County Legislature at 4:00 pm to highlight key policies and engagement initiatives benefitting minority communities. The Curran Administration has taken on a comprehensive effort to establish systems and protocols to promote transparency, fairness, inclusion in County contracting processes, and support for women and minority owned businesses.
“When I took office, I promised to fight for the interests of all of our residents – not just for the few and powerful,” said County Executive Laura Curran. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to create a new standard for inclusiveness in Nassau County’s business community. We have more work to do to open doors of opportunity for all our residents, and I will continue to work with our Legislature to build on the progress we’ve already made.”
Supporting Woman and Minority Owned Businesses (MWBEs)
Initiatives include the following:
The Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) has also stepped up activity to support the advancement of minority-owned businesses through event partnerships with key stakeholders in the region, including:
The County Executive also emphasizes the need for a permanent Executive Director at the Office of Minority Affairs. “I urge the Minority Affairs Council to expedite efforts to recommend a qualified Executive Director to lead the office,” said County Executive Curran. “We want to keep building on the progress we’ve made.”
Office of Asian-American Affairs and Asian American Advisory Council
The Curran Administration has taken unprecedented steps to ensure inclusivity for Asian-Americans in Nassau’s government. At her State of the County last month, the County Executive took the historic step of calling for the formalization in County ordinance of the Asian American Advisory Board that she established last April, with its own Executive Director, office and budget.
The County Executive is pleased to see the Nassau County Legislature follow through on her call for a new County Office of Asian American Affairs. “I will be recommending Farrah Mozawalla, who has done outstanding work launching a platform for engagement with the Asian American community, as the new agency’s permanent Executive Director,” said County Executive Curran. “I will also recommend distinguished members of the Asian American Advisory Board to serve on the new Council.”
Office of Hispanic Affairs (CASA)
The previous Administration moved the main coordinating agency on behalf of the Hispanic population in Nassau County, to a decrepit County basement. In May, Nassau County is moving the agency to a new office more welcoming to our Hispanic community members. County Executive Curran is also asking the Legislature to re-name the agency the Office of Hispanic Affairs.
Under Executive Director Gabriela Castillo’s leadership, and with the support of a reinvigorated Advisory Board, this agency is working to be responsive and engaged with the community’s needs and concerns. Said County Executive Curran, “I applaud the work of Executive Director Gabriela Castillo and her efforts to ensure direct assistance and support for residents from our Hispanic community.”
Implementing Language Access
The Curran Administration has made important strides in ensuring that the 128,000 residents in Nassau County in need of language access are able to get assistance. County Executive Curran launched a County-wide Language Action Plan and appointed Rudy Carmenaty to lead the effort. Notably, the County Executive ordered all vital documents be translated into the 6 most common non-English languages and established a protocol for all County departments to have competent translation services available to residents with limited English proficiency.
This action is about more than just increasing Nassau’s cultural competency; a strong language access program is a lifeline to essential County services – ensuring families can secure food assistance, receive better medical care, and receive the same protections of our outstanding police force as those who speak English.