Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Westbury resident Pepitz Blanchard is running against incumbent Robert Troiano for the chance to represent District 2 in the Nassau County legislature. Blanchard grew up in Haiti and moved to Westbury almost 30 years ago in hopes of gaining a better education. Once he learned English, he decided there was no reason to go back to Haiti so he stayed, built a family, and set out to make a difference.
Blanchard has served as an auxiliary police man for the village for almost 17 years. He is running for legislature because he is hoping to be a voice for the Haitian community and bring change.
“There’s no leadership for the Haitian people and no one to represent (them),” Blanchard said. “This is my community, I grew up there, let me make a difference. I want to be a voice for the Haitian people and the entire Westbury community.”
He has four children, and has lived in New Cassel for 29 years.
“I love New Cassel because of its location,” Blanchard said. “It’s not too far from New York City or Suffolk, it’s right there in the middle. It’s well situated.”
But there are things Blanchard would like to change about the community.
“New Cassel needs a youth program,” he said. “We need less kids on the street, less crime.”
Blanchard majored in biology at Nassau Community College, with a minor in political science. At NCC, he was president of the college’s first Haitian club. He then went on to Molloy College, where he received a Bachelor's degree in
Respiratory Therapy. He worked at Beth Israel Nassau Medical Center, Franklin General Hospital, and is now working at Apria Healthcare and Holly Patterson.
This November marks Blanchard’s first time running. He will be on the Republican ticket. District 2 represents New Cassel and Hempstead and parts of Westbury, East Garden City and West Hempstead. Visit www.pepi4legislator.com for more information.