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June 2012

MANGANO HONORS JOSEPH BOTKIN AS NASSAU COUNTY SENIOR MAN OF THE YEAR

Joseph Botkin Nassau County Senior Man of The Year

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Joseph Botkin as Nassau County’s Senior Man of the Year for 2013. The County Executive presented an award to Mr. Botkin at a special event on May 29th at the Coral House in Baldwin. Joining the County Executive was Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. The Nassau County Office for the Aging had more than 300 senior citizens attend this event, which celebrates May as Older Americans Month.

Mr. Botkin was born in New York City in 1929. He moved to Massapequa in 1955 and later to Williston Park, where he resides with his wife, Rozlyn. He is a retired New York City Public School Principal. They are very proud of their three children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Botkin initially volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and 21 years ago he was the cofounder of Rebuilding Together, Long Island, Inc. He is the Vice President and Head Volunteer Coordinator. He designs and leads a building team of volunteers that builds wheelchair access ramps for low-income elderly disabled homeowners. The organization is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-profit.

Mr. Botkin gets tremendous satisfaction from donating his time, energy, and expertise to needy homeowners. When a group of volunteers completes a wheelchair ramp, they are all in tears. He recently finished his 200th wheelchair ramp and installed grab bars and railings for a WWII veteran who is a double amputee.

More recently, Mr. Botkin has been helping to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Mr. Botkin said “Life has been good to me and now I am paying back. I get more rewards than what I am giving. I am busier now than when I was employed.”