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After a long and successful term as President of Washington Youth Activities (PYA), Jimmy Cosolito has stepped down and Tom McNamara now takes the helm of the 41-year-old youth sports organization.

During his tenure, Cosolito led PYA from serving a few hundred boys in four sports to currently serving more than 2,500 boys and girls in 18 activities. In addition, the organization completed the ambitious Lion's Field "Field of Dreams" renovation project in 2002.

McNamara's service to PYA began eight years ago as a girls basketball coach. Since that time he has served as a baseball commissioner, flag and tackle football commissioner and this season marked his eighth as boys basketball commissioner for grades K-7. Elected to the board of directors in 1996, McNamara has served on various committees including: legal, by-laws, special events, fund-raising, dinner dance and disciplinary and was the organization's secretary from 2001 to 2003. A litigation partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP in East Meadow, McNamara and his wife Rosemary have lived in Port Washington for 17 years with their daughter Dana and son Sean.

"PYA has done a wonderful job serving the youth of this community," said McNamara. "The board and I look forward to continuing along this path, helping our children become not only better athletes, but better people as well."

The organizations other new officers include: Vice President Bill Omeltchenko (replacing Julius Picardi who has served PYA in various capacities for 23 years); Secretary Phil Rybecky; and Joe Gil who will remain as treasurer, continuing the office he has held for five years. The new officers have been active board members, serving on numerous committees and have coached a variety of both boys and girls sports.


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