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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Kennedy Honored by Italian American Organization

Lt Det Petrosino Assn.

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.

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