Belmont Pharmacy wins Empire Award for decades of community service

A Belmont pharmacy has received a very distinguished New York State award for decades of hard work and dedication to its community.

In the age of CVS, Rite Aid and even online pharmacies, Mount Carmel Pharmacy continues to do what it can for its neighbors. The Paganelli family has been running the pharmacy since 1964.

“We are here seven days a week and always there for anyone who presents us with a need,” explains co-owner Armand Paganelli.

Their dedication has earned them the New York State Senate Empire Award, which is given to companies that demonstrate exemplary service to their customers and community. State Senator Gustavo Rivera presented them with the award Monday afternoon.

The Paganelli family is already looking to the future, which includes a new facility. The new Pharmacy Community Wellness Center is expected to provide health screenings, such as blood pressure checks and disease screening tests.

“The scope of this little corner is very wide. We are excited to launch this and, once again, continue to bring value to the people we serve in this community,” says Roger Paganelli.

So far, it’s unclear what their next idea is, but they seem hopeful.

“We hope to be here for many, many years serving our community, because that is what we build on,” says Armand Paganelli.

The Wellness Center is located just outside the Pharmacy on East 187th Street.

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