Chamber cuts ribbon for new business on the avenue

The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce cut ribbon for the opening New York Life Insurance on Railroad Avenue last week.

The Donaldsonville Chamber of commerce welcomed a new business to Railroad Avenue on Sept. 25. New York Life Insurance, located at 215 Railroad Avenue, is owned by Scott Russo, Financial Services Professional, and with Jason Shaheen to serve as the agent.

At the ribbon cutting last week, Chamber of Commerce President Paul Landry, IV welcomed Russo, a Donaldsonville native, back to town but also welcomed him to business.

“It’s a great opportunity to see new businesses coming back here and helping us grow,” Landry said. “We’ve been so excited about everything this year that’s happening.”

Russo said he doesn’t feel like he ever left Donaldsonville, but he accepts the warm welcomes.

“We’ll try to keep the tradition that goes back almost 50 years that Mr. Boo LeBlanc established here in Donaldsonville and we want to carry that on another 50 years,” Russo said. “We are more than happy to be here on Railroad Avenue and how many times growing up did we pass in front of this place up and down the avenue. We’re really happy to be back here.”

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez and parish attorney O’Neil Parenton attended the ribbon cutting. Martinez said it’s always good to see growth.

“Hopefully [Railroad Avenue] can return to what it used to be in its glory years and the way that’s going to happen is by businesses like this coming back here and that’s what it’s going to take,” Martinez said. “I see the future is very bright here on the west bank and the parish as a whole.”

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Sr. and city councilmen Reginald Francis and Emile Spano also supported the New York Life business on its opening day. Sullivan said Russo’s return represents what the city’s slogan is.

“Respecting the past and building the future,” Sullivan said, “and we just appreciate you coming back to Donaldsonville. We’re looking for a long-standing relationship between your company and the City of Donaldsonville.”