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Umberto Celebrates Milestone, Makes Giant Donation

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.”


News

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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