Our 79th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance will be held
June 20, 2013
Dinner and Dancing to follow
Russo’s on the Bay,
162-45 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach section of Queens
As always, your support in making this special affair a success
is deeply appreciated.
Contact Craig Silvino for more info
Hotel information available upon request.
2013 Person of the Year
New York State Senator
Diane Savino has dedicated her entire professional career towards
improving the lives of working families. She began her career in
public service as a caseworker for New York City’s Child Welfare
Administration, providing direct assistance to abused and neglected
An active member of her local labor union, the Social Service Employees Union, Local 371, DC 37 of AFSCME, she quickly rose through the ranks to become the Vice President for Political Action & Legislative Affairs, where she became one of the most respected labor leaders in New York State.
As a labor official, she actively and successfully campaigned for an increase in the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15—the first raise for New Yorkers in over a decade.
In 2004, she was elected to represent the 23rd Senatorial District, encompassing the North Shore of Staten Island and portions of Brooklyn, including Borough Park, Coney Island, Bensonhurst, and Sunset Park.
In their endorsement of Senator Savino, the New York Times described her as “scrappy and effective”. Her dedication to her constituents earned her the Staten Island Advance’s “strongest endorsement for a third term”, saying “no lawmaker works harder and no lawmaker commits herself to the fight for her constituents more than Ms. Savino".
Senator Savino has championed legislation protecting hard-working New Yorkers. Among the laws she has had enacted is the first in the nation Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, expanding basic worker protection rights to domestic workers; the Prompt Pay Bill, which ensures prompt payment to construction contractors and their employees; Wage Theft Prevention Act, assessing preventative and punitive measures on employers that steal income from their employees.
She has served as chair of both the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and currently the Children and Families Committee. From those committees she authored the law that would limit public authorities from contracting out for services that can be performed by public employees; provided a cost-of-living increase in the death benefit for widows and widowers of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty and expanded and made permanent the Family Differential Response (FAR) Program.
Local initiatives include the establishment of a Quiet Zone on the Staten Island Ferry, an annual Transportation Service Survey, a Mobile District Office, Back to School Fairs, Women’s Health Events, a series of hearings on the foreclosure and subprime lending crisis, district-wide workshops for seniors on the Medicare prescription drug plan, and statewide hearings on HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine.
Senator Savino sponsors a wide array of programs in the 23rd District, including the only kosher soup kitchen in New York City, Staten Island’s Downtown Drive-In Movies, a mobile mammography unit, as well as a wide variety of programs for at-risk youth and senior citizens.
Standing Committee Assignments 2012: Children and Family (Chair), Civil Service and Pensions, Banks, and Veterans Homeland Security and Military Affairs.
2013 Presidents Award
FDNY Bureau of Training
Chief Thomas Galvin began his 35-year career with the
FDNY in 1978 when he was assigned to Engine Company 234 in Brooklyn,
New York. As a company officer he worked in Harlem and Mid-Town
Manhattan. He has served the FDNY as a Chief Officer for over 22
years. He served as a Battalion Chief in Battalion 44 in Brooklyn
and then as a Deputy Chief in the 3rd Division in Manhattan.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001 he was asked to become a member of the FDNY Command Staff. He initially served as the Deputy Borough Commander of Manhattan and then as the Brooklyn Borough Commander. In 2004 he was asked to become the Chief in Charge of the Bureau of Training.
The Bureau of Training consists of several commands including the Fire Academy, EMS Academy, Fort Totten Operations, the Ceremonial Unit and the Fire Safety Education Unit. Chief Galvin acknowledges the outstanding work conducted by numerous members, of all ranks, who have assisted in enhancing the training of the members of the FDNY and the safety of the citizens of New York City.
Chief Galvin resides in Miller Place, New York, Emily and Megan.
2013 Special Recognition Award
Comm. Bruno Fusato
Bruno Fusato Signoretti descends from one of
the oldest and most prestigious families in Venice. The family,
since the 15th Century, consists of a distinguished line of
gondoliers, and Bruno himself began by learning and practicing this
art. In 1986, he purchased a disused factory on Murano Island.
Through his hard work, philosophy of life and boundless love for the
deep traditions of Venice, the Serenissima Republic, he built
Signoretti into an iconic world of artistry in glass, admired the
He is an esteemed Knight of San Marco, as well as a Commendatore of the Republic of Italy and a Commendatore dell’Ordine dei Templari. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business administration from the Constintinian University of Rhode Island. Bruno and his wife Suzy have recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters, Maria Luisa, Elisabetta and Barbara, as well as three grandchildren.
Long renowned for charitable works in Venice, Bruno was one of the first to support the restoration of the historic Fenice Opera House destroyed by fire in 1996. He continues as a patron and member of the Gran Teatro La Fenice Foundation. He has been active in art restoration and supports cultural and educational projects too numerous to mention. Following the tragic events of September 11th 2001, Bruno immediately came to the support of our firefighters and their families. He has hosted, in Venice, delegations from New York, and has made many generous contributions to our Scholarship Fund. He is truly a man with strength of character, warmth and an irrepressible commitment to charity.
He is a proud member of our Organization and we are proud to be able to call him our friend.