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Letter: A Letter From Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna

Dear Fellow Residents:

Like everyone who got to know Peter Schmitt personally, I have been deeply saddened by his sudden passing. Just last Sunday I was with him at the annual Sons of Italy Italian Feast where we chatted for hours with people both young and old.

As the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Peter was unequalled as a committed and dedicated government leader. And as a friend – a father and husband – he was as fine a man, as I’ve ever known.

I had the distinct pleasure and honor to work with Peter since I was first elected mayor in 2001. Over the ensuring 11 years, I found in him to be a true mentor, generous with his time and support, an unwavering political ally, and a champion of all that is good in Nassau County.

Peter was an advocate of many great accomplishments in Massapequa Park, from his recent help in our acquisition of land for possible cell tower construction to his support of the re-gentrification and streetscape of Park Boulevard and Merrick Road.

But more than his professional accomplishments, I will remember Peter for the person he was. His compassion for the people in his life, his willingness to give so much of himself to our community, this is what defined his character. His passing is a loss to his family and friends and to the greater community that came to appreciate his integrity and leadership. Peter Schmitt led by example, he lived by his reputation, he earned all of our respect every day.

I ask that you remember him in your prayers today, as well as his wife Lois and his daughter Samantha.

I am proud to have known him and to have called him my friend. I’ll miss you, Peter. Thank you for your friendship.


Jim (James) Altadonna
Mayor, Massapequa Park


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.


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