The Office of Hispanic Affairs, known as the C.A.S.A. Agency, celebrated Mother’s Day this past Thursday, May 12, in Hempstead, New York.The event was a great success in every aspect. Those in attendance enjoyed music, food and many surprises. Each attending mother received roses, gifts as well as a serenade by the Mariachi Juvenil Tapatio by Alvaro Paulino and singer-songwriter Omar Lopez.For her altruism, the title of ‘Mother of C.A.S.A. Agency 2022’ was bestowed upon Mrs. Emma Martinez; a long time member of the Círculo de la Hispanidad organization.
“Our mothers are very special, they do everything for our families and dedicating a day in their honor is very important to us. It’s very important for the Blakeman administration that mothers of our community feel appreciated and that they know their unconditional love does not go unnoticed so we wanted to make sure days like today are special for them.” said; Herberth Flores, Director of the Agency.
Ms. Emma Martinez said “ I am super grateful for this Honor and to share this evening with so many friends. It is a great privilege to receive so much love from people who love me, including Mr. Gil Bernardino for being here, I am very happy and moved.”
Deputy Director of Minority Affairs Melissa Figueroa thanked all the volunteers and supporters for contributing to such a significant event in Nassau County. “Thanks to William Blanco of Ultimate Collision, Anthony Antonetti of Sunrise Toyota, Empire Blue Cross BlueShield, Aliah Home Care, Marina Vinberg, Betty’s Cancer Foundation, Love yourself Spa, The Cuban, La Fuente, Dominican Restaurant of Freeport, Michelle photo Studio and so many more. Without their support, it would not be possible to provide these mothers with these special moments.” commented Figueroa.
The Mission of Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs: The Office of Hispanic Affairs (previously known as C.A.S.A.) is a Department of Nassau County tasked with serving as the liaison between County government and its large Hispanic population. The Office of Hispanic Affair’s (C.A.S.A.) mission is to coordinate resources for the Hispanic community with the goal of educating, empowering, and developing integration initiatives that will foster greater participation in Nassau County’s social, economic, and civic life. Our staff work with the County Executive’s Office, Bruce Blakeman, and other County agencies on the research, analysis, and implementation of policy to ensure that the Hispanic community is afforded equal opportunities, meaningful engagement, and access to Nassau County government.