Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell was officially sworn in for her second term recently. A New Cassel resident for 15 years, Russell has represented District 1 since 2009. She was sworn in for her new term earlier this month at the Town of North Hempstead induction ceremony by Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury.
Over her last term, Russell was instrumental in bringing Westbury’s dream of a community center to fruition with the “Yes We Can” Center. She’s happy with the progress she’s seen in New Cassel, but says there is still more to do.
“It’s a process. It’s moving along but we still have a ways to go,” she says.
Going forward, she’s hoping to continue the revitalization of New Cassel by bringing in new business, particularly a bank and more restaurants, and is also looking to help improve the Carle Place business district along Westbury Avenue.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with residents and different civics in my district to see how we can improve on what we currently have and incorporating the school district in the things we’re doing,” Russell said.
Prior to becoming councilwoman, Russell worked at the Town’s 311 Call Center and is currently the Communications Project Manager for the National Association of Mother’s Centers. She is actively involved in several community and youth projects, including the
NAACP, National Association of Business and Professional Woman, Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, and Moxxie Network, The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy. She also serves as a project coordinator for the Unified New Cassel Community
Revitalization Corporation, on the board of the McCoy Center Family and Youth Services and Unity Circle Mothers’ Center, and as a deaconess for the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury.