Frank Urso and Jo Costa present the Chamber Person of the Year Award to Sally Biondo.
The Syosset Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner Dance, held at the North Ritz Club in Syosset, had a very successful event on Monday, March 6. The original event was postponed due to the March 2 snow storm.
New officers and directors include: President, Michael Biggiani; 1st Vice President, Kevin Allison; 2nd Vice President, Chris Coschignano; Secretary, Thomas Dunn; Treasurer, Danielle Delgrosso. Directors include Maria Anderson, Jack Biondo, William J. Chabina, Warren Church, Jo Costa, Sofi Kaufman, Elizabeth Madigan, Lisa Predmore, Philip Rhoads, Steven Ross, Lee Schwartz, Steve Schwimmer, Tricia Shannon, Michael Siciliano and Stephanie Sokenis. Honorary directors are Sal Biondo and Judy Jacobs. Past presidents are Frank Urso, Jerry Siegel and James Tinnelly.
James Tinnelly was honored for his tremendous work in helping to build the Syosset Chamber to what it is today, during his tenure as chamber president for the last three years.
Other awards included the Community Service Award, which was presented to Ed Keenan Jr. for his continued work as Syosset Fire Commissioner, volunteer fireman, active PTA member, civic member, coaching youth sports and many other activities within the Syosset community.
The Spirit of Syosset Award was presented to Tom Montalbano, author of a book on the history of Syosset. He also is very involved in Chamber activities, including the Annual Holiday Lighting event and the annual Syosset Street Fair, along with many other events that truly show he has the spirit of Syosset at hand.
The Chamber Director of the Year Award was presented to William J. Chabina, of Chabina Company Inc. as he is a strong and dedicated chamber worker in all areas. He is always taking the lead when it's called for, with a level, logical approach to matters that concern the chamber and the overall community. He is a real asset to any community.
The Chamber Person of the Year Award was presented to Sally Biondo, a generous person to the overall Syosset community, in spirit, heart and soul. As the owner of the building that houses the Astoria Federal Savings Bank, she donates the entire surroundings for the Annual Holiday Lighting Festival, including the lights. She has continually supported the Syosset Chamber in so many of the various events. She is truly a "behind the scenes" person that people don't always know about, but without whom, the scenes would be greatly diminished.
Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rose Walker was on hand to swear in the chamber officers and directors to their various positions. One of those officers was Syosset's own Councilman Chris Coschignano, being sworn in as Second vice-president.
The event committee was chaired by Frank Urso, owner of Long Island Village Realty. In addition, the event was emceed by Urso. Who did a great job.
There were over 60 raffle prizes, all donated to the event by the many businesses from the Syosset area. Floral Bouquets were compliments of Pat Damatos - Ace Florist, Syosset. The music was provided by Mike Elardo, Hi-Tech Entertainment. Owen Photography, of Syosset, provided individual photos during the cocktail hour and continued his professional photography throughout the evening.
Assisting Urso on his committee was: Maria Anderson, Maria's Gift Shop; Sal Biondo, Syosset Equities LLP; Michael Biggiani, Syosset attorney; Josephine Costa, LaViola Restaurant; Warren Church, Syosset Groves Civic Assoc.; Danielle Del Grosso, Astoria Federal Savings Bank; Michael and Allison Elardo, Hi-Tech Entertainment; Adele Gallo Syosset Chamber Admin. Asst.; Jane Groene, Markwik Corporation, Syosset; Sophie Kaufman, SMK Consultants, Woodbury; Steve Ross, Sir Speedy Printing, Syosset; Ben Rodriguez, Agency owner, Allstate Ins. Co.; Tricia Shannon, Shawn Elliot Luxury Homes, Woodbury and Marilyn Urso, Long Island Village Realty.