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Posted on: April 13, 2022

Legislator Mazzarella Recognizes 2022 Woman of Distinction for the 3rd Legislative District

Kerri Rosalia

Hauppauge, N.Y. – Moriches resident Kerri Rosalia has been selected by Legislator Jim Mazzarella as the local “Woman of Distinction” for his legislative district. Mazzarella recently gave Rosalia a proclamation marking the honor at a luncheon where all 18 Suffolk County Women of Distinction were recognized.


The Suffolk County Legislature’s “Woman of Distinction” honor is usually bestowed upon extraordinary women in March during Women’s History Month. As per Suffolk County Resolution 786-2002, each legislator is given an opportunity to recognize a “Woman of Distinction” within their district and honor her for all of her efforts to improve the community.   


“I was proud to have the opportunity to recognize Kerri as my first Woman of Distinction honoree as Legislator of the 3rd District,” said Legislator Mazzarella. “Kerri goes above and beyond for our community, its residents, and her family.”


Rosalia is a longtime resident of Moriches and works hard every day for the residents of the Mastic/Shirley community and as Director of the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library.  Kerri volunteers much of her time in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Shirley and the Mastics for the past 16 years, where she has served as a Past President.  She has been Library Director for the past 15 years where she has been instrumental in modernizing the library as technology and information services evolve.


“While Kerri serves the community nobly in her role as the local Library Director, she also works outside the walls of the library to volunteer her time within the local community,” said Legislator Mazzarella.


In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Rosalia served as the local Co-Chair of NY Rising - Community Reconstruction Zone of Mastic Beach, Smith Point and Shirley.   She also served as Secretary of the Library Directors Association of Suffolk County.  


Kerri is also a small business owner of Buddha Beach Yoga, where she utilizes her passion of yoga to help stimulate the physical and mental health of her students.   She hold both a 200 hour and a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificates and she has a true desire to help her students disconnect from the everyday demands of modern life and reconnect with the body, breath, and spirit.   


“Kerri inspires others through both her work at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, her volunteerism, and her yoga classes, all of which seek to improve both the body and mind,” said Mazzarella. “Kerri truly encompasses everything that defines a Woman of Distinction.” 



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