Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano hosted Nassau County’s 5th Annual Italian American Heritage Month Celebration at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, by honoring four members of the Italian-American community. The program began with both the Italian and American National Anthems performed by 2nd Grade students from the J. Irving Baylis Elementary School in Syosset. The following honorees were presented Citations by County Executive Mangano:
• Carolyn Reres of Franklin Square - Carolyn is President the New York State Order of Sons of Italy (OSIA) in America. Carolyn is a member of the Italian Cultural Center at St. John’s University and has coordinated the Nassau County’s Italian-American Night in Eisenhower Park for 16 years. She has served as the New York OSIA’s 32nd State President since June 2015. Carolyn has focused her administration on educational programs for Italian culture, heritage and language.
• Joseph Sciame of New Hyde Park – Joseph is currently President of the Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee of New York for Italian Heritage and Culture Month. He served as National/State Past President of the Order of Sons of Italy in America. Recently, Joseph was inducted into the National Italian-American Hall of Fame. He is currently employed by St. John’s University and serves as Vice President of Community Relations.
• Alfonso Sposito of Westbury – Alfonso serves as President of St. Brigid’s Italian Committee and has been a dedicated parishioner for more than 25 years, where he currently serves as a Eucharistic Minister. He was born in Durazzano, Italy and came to America at the age of 14.
• Sal Valentinetti of Bethpage - Sal is a 20-year-old, well-known singer who rose to fame as a contestant on America’s Got Talent in 2016 and his occupation is a Jazz Singer. Sal is a graduate of Holy Trinity High School.
“As an Italian-American and County Executive, I am honored to host this celebration which provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognize the many achievements, contributions and successes of the millions of Italian-Americans who call the United States home,” remarked County Executive Mangano.
Pictured (left to right): Alfonso Sposito, President of Italian Committee of St. Brigid’s Church in Westbury; Josephine Maietta; County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Linda Mangano; Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent Finalist; Carolyn Reres, NYS President OSIA; and Joseph Sciame, President of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee.