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Cassidy & Associates

733 10th Street NW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20001

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1975, Cassidy & Associates is a premier government relations firm with a solid foundation grounded in our history. But a big part of that history has been our capacity to adapt to the changing environment to help our clients succeed. Our clients a...more

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About Us - Custom Home Builder | Renovations | Additions | General Contractor | Chatham New Jersey

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Cassidy Construction (aka Cassidy Fine Homes) was founded in 1984 by Thomas P. Cassidy, Owner and General Contractor.
With a proven commitment to Quality Custom Building, Cassidy Construction specializes in Residential and Commercial Projects including site selection, new construction, comprehensive renovations, additions, and remodeling services. For over thirty years, Cassidy Construction has proudly served clients within Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey and surrounding counties. As General Contractor, Thomas Cassidy personally oversees each project from start to finish. Leading his team of skilled, dedicated tradesman and building professionals, Tom Cassidy ensures the greatest attention to detail is achieved in all aspects of design and construction while working with the most reputable architects in the area. With a Focus on the "Four C's" - Creativity, Collaboration, Craftsmanship, and Quality Construction, Tom Cassidy and his team will ensure your project is a success.

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Episode 21 - Tom Cassidy | Making Gay History

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Episode 21 - Tom Cassidy
Tom Cassidy on the set at CNN, mid-1980s. Credit: Courtesy Whit Raymond. Tom Cassidy knew the rules of the closet. As he built his career from local TV reporter to CNN business news anchor and host of that network's "Pinnacle" series, Tom kept his gay life and his professional life strictly separate. And then he found out he was going to die. Tom Cassidy contact sheet, early-1980s. Credit: Courtesy Whit Raymond. Unlike some gay men diagnosed with AIDS whose high-profile careers led them to disappear from public when they became seriously ill, Tom Cassidy chose the opposite course. He decided to bring his experience into the living rooms of viewers through a three-part television series produced by journalist Mike Taibbi for WCBS-TV, New York City's CBS affiliate. As Tom told MGH host Eric Marcus in his 1990 interview, "I wanted to do some good. To learn more about Tom Cassidy and the AIDS epidemic, please have a look at the resources, links, and photographs that follow below. --- Tom's appearance in the WCBS-TV three-part television series led to many additional media interviews, including this article in People magazine. You can find Tom Cassidy's oral history in Eric Marcus's book Making Gay History. Tom Cassidy at rowing regatta, Princeton, New Jersey, 1971. Credit: Courtesy Whit Raymond. Tom left money in his will to Bowdoin College to establish the Tom Cassidy Lectureship in journalism, which continues to this day. In the same year that Tom came out about his AIDS diagnosis, a former KGO-TV reporter in San Francisco, Paul Wynne, sold his one-time employer on the idea of producing a weekly chronicle of his life as an AIDS patient. Tom Cassidy was a total alpha male. Athletic, smart, in charge. And proud of the way he'd worked his way to the top despite growing up poor in a Boston housing project. His alcoholic, abusive father abandoned the family when Tom was two-and-a-half. Tom Cassidy as a freshman at the University of Massachusetts, 1967. Credit: Courtesy Lorraine Potts. Tom earned a football scholarship to the University of Massachusetts and after his freshman year muscled his way into Bowdoin, an elite liberal arts college in Maine. He followed four years there with joint masters degrees in business and journalism at Columbia University. And then he set his sights on TV journalism. By 1983 Tom was a rising star at the three-year-old Cable News Network where he was a business anchor and host of CNN's "Pinnacle" interview series. He had status, respect, and financial security. And he loved his job, even though that meant hiding the fact he was gay. Back then, almost all gay people who worked in journalism-and virtually everyone who worked in front of the camera-kept their private lives very private. Tom's peak professional moment came on October 19, 1987 when he anchored CNN's coverage of the Black Monday crash as stock markets around the world plummeted. It was the single largest percentage drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in its history. And Tom provided a calm, steady voice on a day when both were in short supply. It was also the day he found out he was HIV-positive. Eric: Tom Cassidy at CNN in New York City. Tom: It had become crystal clear to me that I was in love with my roommate. Tom: Yup. He was football, hockey. He was a very good athlete. Yeah. Whit. Tom: I just told told him that essentially. And he was very understanding about it. Tom: This was a mature, a maturing love that I was feeling for the first time. Tom: It was very frustrating. And when we graduated, he hoped to go to medical school. Tom Cassidy, London, 1972. Credit: Courtesy Whit Raymond. Tom: Part of it, well, that's really kind of where I came out. Tom: Well, maybe a little guilt, but it's a guilt that's mixed with excitement, you know. And that had been really the first time. Tom: I gotta' do an update. [Tom removes his microphone and leaves to do a business news update. He then returns.] Tom: Um, humm. I moved here to New York and I went to work for Reader's Digest, the publishing side of Reader's Digest. I really thought all the fun was being enjoyed on the editorial side. But I wasn't prepared for it. I decided that I would go to graduate school in the business school at Columbia and also the Journalism school at Columbia. Graduation day for Tom Cassidy, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, New York, 1978. Credit: Courtesy Whit Raymond. Tom: Well, we talked all the time, yeah. He really kind of was. Tom: No. So I just turned around and I said, "It's not negotiable," and I walked out. Tom: Yeah. Tom: It wasn't difficult for me at all. Tom: It all happened kind of quickly. I tested positive the day of the stock market crash in '87. Eric: October 19th. Tom: Right. Tom Cassidy having fun with CNN colleagues, mid-1980s. Courtesy: Whit Raymond. Tom: Yeah, kinda, because I felt good and I was traveling 200,000 miles a year and being the attack dog reporter here in the money market area. And I was just going full speed. Tom: No, what was funny was I had taken a week's vacation just before and gone out to Fire Island to shake this cold, I thought. And I came back and called my doctor and he said I should come to see him that afternoon. And it was classic pneumocystis [pneumonia]. And he said, "Do you know what that means? Tom: Sixteen days. Tom: I was scared. Tom: It wasn't my time. Exactly. Tom: Too anemic, yeah. And they put my on DDI and everything was going hunky-dory from January... Eric: Of this year... Tom: Yes, until April. Tom: Well, that was actually kind of funny. Tom: It isn't, but I always had a good sense of humor. Eric: Good thing. Tom: I've always had a good sense of humor. Tom Cassidy with his friends Whit Raymond and Betsy Schaper in New York City, 1990. Tom: Very much so. And he was one of the few people who did know I was sick. And he remembered that when I was sick the first time with pneumonia, I was in Mt. Sinai. Tom: When I came back to work my boss, Lou Dobbs, asked me to come into his office. Tom: Yeah. Tom: Both. He totally surprised me. I did not have any negative reaction from him. He said, "What do you want me to do? He said, "Do you want me to tell anybody or do you want me not to tell anybody? I said, "I think you better tell everyone." Eric: Why at that point? Tom: I was tired. I was tired of living a lie. Eric: About AIDS? Tom: And also about being gay. Because they were intertwined at that point. And he scheduled a meeting for the whole department. And he told them. Tom: It was very hard for him. Tom: It was almost comforting. Tom: I didn't know. Tom: Because I had AIDS, first of all. Tom: Very prominent, yeah. And I've been here a long time. Tom: Right. Plus, I mean, I could... Tom: You know, you don't hear from people... Tom: Oh, I think so. I think so. Maybe heaven is one big gay bar. --- Tom Cassidy had reason to be surprised by how his colleagues rallied around him. It was 1990, and effective treatments for AIDS were still years away. Back then many people were actually afraid to be around someone who had AIDS. After Tom went public with his diagnosis at CNN, he jumped at the opportunity to be the focus of a TV series about AIDS for New York City's CBS News affiliate. Tom told me, "I make my living essentially being a face. What I decided to do was to lend that face to AIDS." Tom had a chemotherapy infusion following our interview, so I rode along with him to his doctor's office on the Upper East Side. As soon as we left his office at CNN, I could see how unsteady he was on his feet, but I really resisted taking his arm because I knew he didn't want anyone's help. At 85th Street we parted with a hug. Tom said to stay in touch. In my notes from that day I wrote, "I wonder how long he has. It turned out he had seven months and I never saw him again. Tom Cassidy died on May 26, 1991. He was 41 years old. Tom's name lives on at Bowdoin College where he endowed an annual lecture series that brings working journalists to the school's campus. That's also where you can find photos and additional information about Tom Cassidy and where you can listen to all our previous episodes. Tom: 1275. Tom Cassidy from CNN. 5 Penn Plaza. 85th and Park-85th and 5th. 7147907. Yes, okay, great. Thank you. Now I have to go take some real serious drugs. Tom Cassidy in an undated photo. Credit: Courtesy Whit Raymond.

Season Two | Making Gay History

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Episode 21 - Tom Cassidy
CNN business anchor Tom Cassidy kept his "private life" strictly separate from his public life. Three decades ago he had to. But then he was diagnosed with AIDS.


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American Seafood Company, Inc. was founded by Tom Cassidy of Memphis, Tennessee in 1981.
His company eventually merged with several other Memphis area specialty food suppliers to form a fine food marketing group called Cassidy Fine Foods. A family-owned and operated company, Cassidy Fine Foods' long history of providing the highest quality food products for its clients rests on its founder's personal. As a scuba diving instructor, Mr. Cassidy had spent time in the coastal regions appreciating the luxury of fresh seafood. He decided to start the American Seafood Company so the area around his inland hometown of Memphis, Tenn. could enjoy fresh seafood also. With the contacts he had made with seafood companies through his scuba travels, Mr. Cassidy began working with area restaurants to get fresh seafood on their menus, and the rest is history. On Fri., April 4, 2008, Choice Food Group invested in American Seafood. Mr. Cassidy still remains active as business development director. Tom Cassidy, Executive of the Year Finalist 13th Annual Small Business Awards from the Memphis Business Journal

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