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Posted on: October 12, 2017

10/8/2017 - Legislator Kennedy Honors Columbus Day Grand Marshals

Leslie Kennedy

In honor of Christopher Columbus and Italian American Heritage, the OSIA State President Robert M Ferrito, Town of Huntington Supervisor and Council, and the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce hosted the Long Island Columbus day parade. Legislator Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset), being a proud Italian American, took part in the event to honor Italian-American heritage and the two Grand Marshals of the parade.

The parade, which marched down Route 25-A in Huntington, was led by two Grand Marshals, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, and Robert Fonti. Sal is a young man who first starred on the hit TV show “The Voice”, since then he has had success singing American standards in the style of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and now has shows booked across the county, and has two albums. Robert Fonti is a businessman who founded Vincent James Management Company; he is also active in Suffolk County and Huntington politics. Legislator Kennedy presented Proclamations affixed with the Seal of the Suffolk County Legislature to the Grand Marshals.

Columbus Day Parade

(Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Comptroller John Kennedy with Sal Valentinetti, Robert Fonti, Christopher Columbus (Lou Gallo), The Past Grand Marshals, and Legislator William Spencer, M.D.)

“I am proud to be an Italian-American, and proud of all the contributions they have added to our America. America is truly a melting pot and it is clear that Italian culture has helped to make America great,” said Leslie Kennedy. “Both Sal and Robert have done amazing things in their lives and careers, and they exemplify the Italian-American experience.”

Columbus Day Parade

(Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Comptroller John Kennedy)

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