Staten Island Woman Gets a $10G Gift From Beyond

Diane J. Savino

October 22, 2010

From the Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When Penny Martin was just 16, her older boyfriend whispered in her ear he would always take care of her, and, to prove it, he had made her the beneficiary of his life insurance.

More than three decades later, that promise came true: Ms. Martin — a cook at Forever Young Senior Center, who spent much of last year commuting to the job from a homeless shelter in Manhattan — received a check for $10,000 from the state’s unclaimed funds.

"Every day now I wake up and say each day is a blessing," said Ms. Martin, 47, flanked by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), during a press announcement today at the New Brighton senior center, about the windfall she received two weeks ago.

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