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 People in the News

Wednesday
Jan242018

Eagle Scouts Kieran and Liam Morse Recognized By Legislator Kennedy

January 21, 2018 – On an unseasonably warm January day, Legislator Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) took the time to honor two brothers from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 3 in Smithtown. Kieran and Liam Morse achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the most prestigious rank awarded to Boy Scouts. These boys both chose to construct Eagle Scout projects that would honor the men and women who lost their lives during the 911 Terror Attacks. 

Kieran built a patio made of paver stones and four benches around a survivor tree in the back of the 4th precinct, and Liam built a paver stone patio around a survivor tree located at the Police Headquarters in Yaphank. Both memorials are beautiful tributes to those who lost their lives and the resiliency of the people of New York and around the United State.  

 “I am immensely proud of Kieran and Liam for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and for building beautiful tributes,” said Legislator Kennedy. “I think it is important that our youth remember the events that happened on 9/11 and how it has shaped our nation; more than 16 years later, we are rebuilding, much stronger than ever before. The Survivor tree from the 9/11 site represents our resilience as a nation”

For more information about this event or other events in the community, please call our office at (631)-854-3735 or log onto Legislator Kennedy’s Facebook page at facebook.com/legislatorlesliekennedy.

Tuesday
Jan162018

People In The News - Priya Kapoor Appointed Interim Executive Director Of Smithtown Historical Society

Priya KapoorThe Smithtown Historical Society has announced the departure of Executive Director Marianne Howard. The Board has appointed Priya Kapoor, the current Director of Development to act as the Interim Executive Director.

In choosing an Interim Executive Director, the Executive Committee started by identifying immediate priorities for the coming months and determined that the successful candidate would exhibit the ability to build trust and improve lines of communication. They felt that Priya would be the right person to lead the organization while it addresses and focuses on these immediate priorities. 

This move allows the society and the Board to focus on critical organizational functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising, and strengthening our home base. The search for a new Executive Director continues.

We welcome Priya into her new role and wish her the best going forward.

Tuesday
Jan162018

People In The News - Maria Abate Celebrates 100th Birthday

100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Maria Abate celebrated her 100th birthday this week surrounded by family and friends. Born in Brooklyn as one of five childen, her family returned to Italy where she grew up on their farm before returning to the US with her new husband. She and her extended family moved in the 1960s to Hicksville and brought with them many Italian traditions, most of which centered around cooking delicious meals and enjoying life. Wonderful feasts of The Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and the annual making the tomato saucebrought the three generations together. Maria lived with her family when she lost her husband in 1999 and later went to assisted living before coming to St. Johnland in 2015. Always feisty and determined, she gets around using her walker and still insists her hair is colored! 

Thursday
Nov302017

Knox School Head Soccer Coach Nic DeZenzo Named Coach Of The Year

Saint James, NY- Head Soccer Coach Nic DeZenzo has been appointed Coach of the Year by the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) league after his second season coaching the Falcons Varsity Soccer Team. The 2017 season, which ended on a high-note with the team placing third in the league, was the beginning of a new era for Soccer at The Knox School.   

Under the leadership of Head Coach Nic DeZenzo, the team grew in size, strength and speed this past season. Starting with pre-season week, the Falcons developed a strong bond which allowed them to exhibit high-quality teamwork. Their hard work proved to be successful when this group defeated several strong teams, like Portledge High School, and allowed them to make the PSAA Playoffs. 

DeZenzo maintains a strong portfolio of coaching experience including two seasons of NCAA coaching at St. Joseph’s College, four years coaching at the Tilton School in Tilton, NH, and coaching multiple premier-level youth teams within the community. Coach DeZenzo holds a NSCAA National Diploma and Director of Coaching Certification, as well as a USSF D license. Coach DeZenzo played collegiate soccer at Colby-Sawyer, and was named Colby-Sawyer Male Athlete of the year in 2008.

 

 

Friday
Nov032017

Smithtown's Lee Certilman Named Chair Of Greater NY Auto Dealers Association

New York, NY — (November 2, 2017):  The owner of the oldest Honda dealership on Long Island (est.1971), Lee Certilman of Nardy Honda Smithtown, New York has been named Chairman of the influential Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA).

Lee Certilman, Nardy Honda named Chairman Of GNYADA“It is a great honor to be nominated for this position by my peers,” said Certilman.  “As a third generation automobile dealer, my family and our dealerships have a long history on Long Island of creating jobs and contributing to the communities.  Now I’m excited to take action on behalf of all our area auto retailers to show how important we are to a much wider audience.  In greater New York alone dealers sustain a workforce of over 67,000 people,” he continued.  

“For the first time, the tech and auto industries are totally in sync and together they are powering us forward into an exciting new world of transportation and communication.  This will bring enormous challenges but also incredible rewards,” continued Certilman.  “I’m excited to be leading the Association at this very important time,” he concluded.

 An active GNYADA Board Member since 2006, Certilman was previously Vice Chairman.  His passion for education and training in the dealership made him the perfect candidate for GNYADA’s Education Committee where he was a leader in developing training programs at GNYADA’s Center for Automotive Education & Training.  He has worked on and chaired many Committees to help GNYADA members and help guide the industry.  He recently joined the New York Auto Show Committee; the internationally known annual event is owned and operated by GNYADA.

“Lee has been a dedicated advocate for dealers and the important role they play in creating jobs and providing economic development to towns and villages across our area. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job and I look forward to working with him on the Association’s many important dealer and consumer initiatives,” said GNYADA president Mark Schienberg.

Today, Nardy Honda Smithtown, is consistently ranked #1 for consumer satisfaction in New York and is a Top 50 dealer nationally. Certilman puts this down to his commitment to staff training. 

 At the dealership level, he hires technicians from Suffolk Community College and is an active mentor for students coming through educational programs in the Smithtown High School system and the Cold Spring Harbor School District.

On a personal level, Certilman is a generous supporter of the Long Island Alzheimer Association, Big Brothers, American Cancer Society, and Juvenile Diabetes.  In addition, through Nardy Honda’s community outreach program he provides time and funds to local educational and charity drives.  Lee is a graduate of Syracuse University and was previously a Director of Affiliate Relations at ABC Television before joining his family’s automobile retailing business in 1985.

 

About GNYADA

The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association represents over 400 franchised automobile dealerships in the metro area of New York. Collectively, they inject $41.6 billion into the economy and generate $2.26 billion in tax revenue for New York while helping to sustain a workforce of 67,000 directly and indirectly.  A third of these jobs are in the high-paying service department. GNYADA also operates the Center for Automotive Education & Training and organizes the New York International Automobile Show—the largest auto show in North America—each spring in Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.