October 8, 2018 – Columbus Day in New York City was the sight of many
celebrations associated with the great Italian discoverer Christopher Columbus.
The day included a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the parade up Fifth Avenue,
and the annual award ceremony of the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in
America. Front and center as an award recipient was Suffolk County Legislator
Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset), based on her career of dedication of service to
others. First serving as a nurse at Mather Hospital, and now as an elected
official, Legislator Kennedy continues to advocate for her constituents, and to
be a staunch supporter of law enforcement.
The Petrosino Association was established to honor the life of the late
Lt. Detective Jospeh Petrosino, who ultimately lost his life in pursuit of
protecting citizens, and making the world a better place. During his tenure
with the New York City Police Department in the early 1900’s, Petrosino created
the bomb squad, the canine squad, and the undercover squad, all of which
continue to this day in standard police work.
In speaking to the group of society
members, elected officials, and representatives of federal, state, and local
government, Legislator Kennedy thanked the Society for this recognition, and
noted that it was the most meaningful of all recognitions she had received. She
spoke of her childhood, and the message of tolerance, education and courage
that her parents had taught her. She especially thanked local Nesconset
resident Gina Coletti, a society member for her sponsorship, recommendation,
and continued support of our local community.
In all, it was a great way to support
Christopher Columbus, and a great day to embrace Italian American Heritage.