District 13 - Norma L. Gonsalves
- Legislative Meeting - Monday, Nov. 27th @ 1:00 PM
NORMA L. GONSALVES has served Legislative District 13 since 1998 that includes the communities of East Meadow, North Bellmore, North Merrick, North Wantagh and Seaford.
Since 2012, Mrs. Gonsalves has served as the Presiding Officer of the Legislature, the Chair of the Rules Committee and the Vice Chair for the Budget Review Committee.
Mrs. Gonsalves is the Founder and Immediate Past President of the Council of East Meadow Community Organizations (CEMCO). She is the Project Director for Crime Watch and Civilian Patrol and serves as a Delegate to CEMCO from the Wenwood Oaks Civic Association. She is a member of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce; the Donatello Lodge #2559 Order Sons of Italy in America; and served as a member on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of East Meadow. She is also a graduate of the Nassau County Citizens Police Academy. She is a former spokesperson for the Nassau County Correctional Facility Advisory Committee and a former member of the Town of Hempstead Solid Waste Advisory Committee. She also served as Chairperson of the East Meadow Bicentennial Committee, former PTA Units President and PTA Council President and former UFT Executive Board Chapter Member. Working together with Dr. Victor Politi, President and CEO of NuHealth, Mrs. Gonsalves was instrumental in bringing NARCAN and NARCAN training to Nassau County.
Mrs. Gonsalves was honored by Nassau University Medical Center as the recipient of its “Heroes in Health” Award. She is also the proud recipient of “The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center (KPTC) Foundation Fellow” Award from the New York District of Kiwanis International and “The Diamond Anton J. Kaiser Foundation Fellow” Award, the “KPTC Service Leadership” Award, the “Tony Palangi Leadership” Award, the “Emerald Brittany Fellowship” Award & the “Joseph Michael Wuest Service Leadership Fellow,” from the Kiwanis Club of East Meadow. She also was awarded the Kiwanis K-Kids “Outstanding K-Kids Kiwanis Advisor” Award by the K-Kids of Bowling Green Elementary School. Mrs. Gonsalves is the proud recipient of the “2015 Marvin Bernstein Humanitarian” Award, from the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce and was named “Honoree” at the 2014 Lady Baden Powell event presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America. Other honors include: “The 2002 Golden Heart” Award from the Association for Children for the Enforcement of Support (ACES) for her advocacy on behalf of children; the Council of East Meadow Community Organizations honored her at its 2001 twenty-fifth anniversary ceremony; she was also the recipient of the 1999 Woman of the Year Award from the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce; the 1998 Woman of Distinction Award from the New York State Senate; the Newsday 1992 Volunteer Award; she was named 1976 Woman of the Year as Bicentennial Chairperson by the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Gonsalves is also the recipient of the 2010 Symbol of Hope Award from 1in9/Hewlett House; named Honorary Vice-Chairman of the 2013, 2014 & 2016 USMC Toys for Tots; and is an Honorary Chief of the Bellmore-Merrick EMS, the recipient of the East Meadow Fire Department “2016 EMS Week Appreciation” Award. She is the proud recipient of the “2016 Champion for Children Lifetime Achievement” Award from Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center; and is an honorary member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
Mrs. Gonsalves received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Joseph’s College for Women and received her Master of Arts degree from Hunter College and Brooklyn College. Mrs. Gonsalves was an educator for 25 years in the New York City School System.
Mrs. Gonsalves resides in East Meadow with her husband, John, and they are the proud parents of three children, three grandsons and a granddaughter.