Diane J. Savino's Constituent stories

Reverend Dr. Tony Baker, Sr.

The Reverend Dr. Tony Baker, Sr., a native of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, joined the United States Army in June 1974. After 20 years of service to our nation, Dr. Baker retired with an Honorable Discharge in July 1995. 

During his time of service, Dr. Baker received numerous awards including the Army Commendation Medal 6th Oakley Cluster, 5 Good Conduct Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, an NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the National Defense Medal, 3 Overseas Ribbons and an Expert Marksmanship Badge. 

May 20, 2015

Kamillah M. Hanks

Kamillah M. Hanks is a native Staten Islander, who has been a leader and advocate for smart growth and positive economic development in the North Shore of Staten Island for the past decade. Ms. Hanks is  currently the founder and president of the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership, Inc., where she partners with civic leaders, businesses, community groups and schools to boost cultural and economic development in the Stapleton area and surrounding community. 

May 13, 2015

Mary P. LaManna

Mary is the daughter of Alexander and Sophie LaManna (nee Korniewicz). Mary is a native of Staten Island along with her twin brother Joseph, and older brother Anthony where she attended St. Adalbert School.

May 17, 2014

Pat Singer

Pat Singer has a long and storied history of activism in the Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, community. Most importantly, it is a history of action as well. Ms. Singer was born of immigrant parents, and has shown exceptional patience and sensitivity to the unique problems of the immigrant and ethnic population of Brighton Beach – that is where her activism started.

May 13, 2014

Nicholas L. Mazzola

In 1966, Nicholas L. Mazzola valiantly enlisted in the Marines. After completing his training, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he was put into the 3rd battalion 7th Marines 1st Marine division. While protecting our nation in the face of great danger, he was struck with a mortar round and gave his leg for his country. 

Among his awards and citations are the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal and Combat Action. 

After his injury in 1967, Nick began visiting hospitals and spending time with other amputees. His good humor and fun character always put a smile on their faces, and he continues to make monthly visits to this day, with other members of his Amvets post to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. 

May 20, 2013

Karen Torrone

Karen Torrone, a native Staten Islander, was introduced to community service as an adult when she joined the local organization, World of Women, in 1999 and was elected vice president in 2000.

As the current director of 5 Boro Power Yoga and a Certified Yoga Life Coach, the seeds of community service were planted during her time with the World of Women. By the time she opened 5 Boro Power Yoga in May 2011, there was no question about giving back to the community.  The very first class at the yoga center was donation-based, with the proceeds going to a local family who lost their home in a fire. From then on, donation-based yoga classes began, raising money for the World of Women Domestic Violence Program, local and worldwide organizations and people in need.

May 13, 2013

Serena Brothers-Mohamed

Serena Brothers-Mohamed is a dedicated public servant, community leader and activist. A resident of Staten Island since 1991, Ms. Brothers-Mohamed received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the College of Staten Island; from there she went on to earn her Master’s in education. After graduating, she began to serve the community as a case manager for a women’s homeless shelter and also for Seaman Society. She also became an American Sign Language teacher at the Edwin Markham Intermediate School on Staten Island.

May 14, 2012

Mathylde Frontus

Mathylde Frontus, with her civic mindedness and professionalism, is a diligent and steadfast woman who is known throughout her community for her spirit of unity and cooperation. Growing up in Coney Island, Ms. Frontus left where she called home to pursue her academic goals, only to proudly return to her community to open a neighborhood agency which would make a difference in people’s lives. Founded by Ms. Frontus in 2004, Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS) is a non-profit organization that o ers an array of programs and services which are utilized by residents throughout New York City, as well as empower the residents of Coney Island on a daily basis.

May 20, 2011

St. John Villa Academy Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank St. John Villa Academy and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 29, 2011
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