November 12, 2021 - Although the 2021 Columbus Day Parade was cancelled due to inclement weather, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy was able to recognize one of the Grand Marshalls on Thursday November 11th. Joining with Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy from throughout Suffolk and Nassau, the Legislator recognized Cavaliere Josephine Maietta. Ms. Maietta, who is an instructor of Italian language at Hofstra University. She has been the sponsor of the annual Italian Experience Festival, and she serves as President of the Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE) in New York. This recognition is well deserved. On hand to congratulate the honoree at the Columbus Lodge were former New York State OSDIA President Carolyn Reres, Sabrina Savino, current President of the Constantino Brumidi Lodge and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.
Photo: Legislator Leslie Kennedy with Cavaliere Josephine Maietta, Carolyn Reres, Sabrina Savino and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy
Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy represents the 12th Legislative District, encompassing Smithtown, Nesconset, Hauppauge, the Village of the Branch, Lake Grove, parts of Commack, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma and Centereach. Legislator Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island, is a former nurse and small business manager, and has dedicated her life toward the betterment of our community. She currently serves on the following committees: Environment, Parks & Agriculture; Veterans & Consumer Affairs; Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness; Government, Operations, Personnel, Information Technology & Diversity; Education & Labor; Public Safety; Ways & Means; and Health (Vice Chair).