Written by Christy Hinko Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00
It is not likely that most people celebrate a milestone birthday by surrounding themselves with nearly 200 of their closest friends and family members, are presented with the key to the county, and make a generous donation to a friend’s charity. This is exactly what Umberto Corteo, owner of the Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park, did on April 16 to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Before presenting the Key To Nassau County, County Executive Ed Mangano shared a brief story about Corteo’s migration to America, “He [Corteo] represents the American dream; he came here with so very little.”
Born outside of Naples, Italy, Corteo worked his father’s farm to help feed their family of 13; he is the seventh of 11 children.
When Corteo arrived in America, he settled in Brooklyn, taking restaurant jobs for little money, and sending much of what he made back to his family in Italy.
In 1965, after saving and planning, the Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park was opened.
Mangano said, “Umberto Corteo really represents all that is good with small businesses here in Nassau County; he’s very generous and gives back continuously.”
Similarly, good friend and business association, Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado of Coastal Advisors, LLC in New Hyde Park said, “I don’t know anyone greater than this man [Umberto] when it comes to being a loyalist and what Long Island is all about.”
Notably, in 2007 with the help of Salgado, Corteo established Pizza Fridays for the New York Giants football team, on their journey to the Super Bowl.
“We take pride in, and believe those Pizza Fridays for the Super Bowl influenced the New York Giants’ victory,” said Mangano.
Also in attendance were New York Giants Defensive Ends Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul who presented Corteo with a personalized Giants’ jersey.
Corteo graciously thanked his friends and family for sharing his birthday celebration and in turn, gave a $15,000 donation to Tuck’s R.U.S.H. For Literacy foundation.
Corteo told Anton Newspapers, “It’s a beautiful thing to do,” explaining that he feels that people are equal and deserve the chance to be better, his reasoning for gifting Tuck on his own birthday.
Tuck, and his wife, Lauran, founded Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy in 2008, raising funds to be able to donate books to children in New York City and Central Alabama communities.
Tuck said, “He [Corteo] has a kind heart and he always asks me, ‘What do you need; what can I do to help you?’”
Tuck later shared with Anton Newspapers that he was surprised by Corteo’s generous donation to his foundation, which he learned of only minutes before arriving at the birthday celebration.
Tuck said, “When I am old and gray, sitting on a rocking chair somewhere, the kids today are going to be the ones making the choices that rule this world, so I am going to do my part to make sure they have the education and tools.”
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The summer wind—a constant and welcome companion for the members of the Herricks Leisure Club as they cope with the soaring temps and heightened humidity, will gave way to fall in the coming weeks.
As the sultry days waft into cooling eves, members reminisce about the waning weeks of the club’s spring experience.
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The tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.
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Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience.
Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers.
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The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1.
New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half.