“Brooklyn?” “Yes, of course I know Brooklyn,” said Pope John Paul II when he met Msgr. Robert Coyle, pastor of Corpus Christi Church. The Pope asked Coyle where he was from and he said Long Island. The Pope looked blank until our pastor said it’s near Brooklyn. The occasion was when Msgr. Coyle was talking about the hopeful Sainthood for the late Pope and told us of his first meeting with the Holy Father.
My first month in office has been both exciting and challenging – mirroring the times we face in our daily lives. I have had the opportunity to meet with community leaders in all corners of our great district as I have visited schools, fire departments, villages and various community groups to listen to the concerns in each and discuss how we can address the challenges ahead.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he has been appointed to chair the committee on Local Governments by New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R,C,I-Rockville Centre).
Eight years ago, when you honored me by first electing me to the Mineola Board of Trustees, I made a promise. That promise was to always make the tough decisions based on what was best for my home village, Mineola. Today I made what was perhaps the toughest decision of my career. I will be running for office this March, but I will not be running for the office of mayor. Instead I will ask you to return me to the office of trustee in the village of Mineola.
Circumstances and responsibilities in my professional life preclude me from carrying out the duties of mayor to the level that I would demand of myself. I have vetted a candidate who can, in my opinion, carry out the duties of mayor to the standards I believe are necessary. He has sworn to carry on the legacy that Jack Martins, Steve Franzini and I started almost a decade ago; a legacy of open government, fiscal responsibility and a government by and for the residents of Mineola.
I will be there to make sure he fulfills his oath.
I have no doubt that in a brief four years, I will ask you to return me to the office of mayor. In the mean time, I ask that you return me to the Mineola Board of Trustees so that I may continue the work that needs to be done to secure Mineola’s future for us and our seniors and our children.
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, I was sworn in as your New York State Senator. It was quite a journey getting here. While Election Day was Nov. 2, this race was close enough that it took more than four weeks of careful hand-counting, overseen by our courts, to arrive at my election win. Now, I am thrilled and honored to finally begin the work of the Seventh Senate District.
Beautiful music fills the air every Sunday morning thanks to the Corpus Christi Church choir. The singers are Michael Vezzi, Marta Bertoni, Nancy Becker, Katherine Brautigam, William Boerner, Janet Bromfield, Irene DeMedeiros, Maria Dos Santos, Janet Langer, Franni Luisi, the altar singer, Lisa Madsen-Connor, Dolores Mangold, Adriara Mello, Thomas Murphy, Christina Nunez, Tom Schmitt, Greg Tranchina, Patrick Tobin, Mario Valdellon, Francesa Pisano and Cindy Seabra. Troy Gordon is the director.
The winter of 2010-2011 is shaping up to be a season of snow. After the last snowstorm I thought it would be a good idea to remind us all of, what I like to call, Mineola Snow Etiquette.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. This is a time that should be spent with friends and loved ones.
I am looking forward to the many important tasks that lay ahead, in particular my effort to preserve and protect our environment.
Christmas greetings and holiday wishes were everywhere at the mayor’s annual party at the Village Hall. Among those we had a chance to talk with were Lou Palumbo, Alex Ramalhete, John and Paul Herling, Pat Woods, Rich Kotowski, Vivian Yuan, Charles Sleefe, Steve Grosskopf, Bob and Pat Hinck, Dennis Walsh, Judge John O’Shea, Carl Marchese, Nick Pontolillo, Jose Dores, Emilia Morell, Meredith Minkoff, Cindy Brady, Dina Schulder, Jackie Wladyka, Melissa Alves, Carma Within, Peter Venkman, Lauren Parker, Michella Price-Gettleman, Mary Parker, Pat Lackner, John DaVanzo, Joan and Neil Young, Tom Murtha, Joen Valente, Michael and Cina Palumbo, David DaSilva, Peter Ferreira, Rich Vieira, Jorge Padinha, Julian Mikowski, Michael Soninski, Sean McCrave, Marta DeSousa, Anna Athan, Lillian Barnola, Martha Stuart, Rich Forestano, Bobby and Kyle Teemsma, Donna Dooley, Kathleen O’Shea, Richard Naggin, Dan and Michelle Dragon, Scott Strauss, Walter and Joan Hobbs, George and Hanni Planos, John Carroll, Betty McLoughlin, president of the Irish-American Society, Ron Ciesinski, Paul Cusato, Sal Cataldo, our new mayor Larry Werther, Senator Elect Jack Martins, Judge Scott Fairgrieve, John Broder, Andrew Martone, Jr. and Thomas Mikowski.
Gino Ferreri’s term as president of the Mineola Athletic Association (MAA) recently ended. I would like to thank Gino for his efforts over the past year.
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