Joe Marziotto, a fixture on the Elmont Library Board, has passed away. He is remembered fondly for his community service to Elmont.
Marziotto was the Elmont resident with the longest current tenure as a public servant. He served on the library board since 1977. Marziotto served on the board during the historic bond that converted the abandoned Alva T. Stanforth Junior High School to the new Elmont Library on Old Country Road.
Elmont Library Board President Tania Lawes remembers Marziotto as a wealth of information. "He could almost be a human encyclopedia. He could tell you the dates and times of everything that was going on in the community. It's a shame he didn't write a book," she said.
Marziotto believed strongly in being involved in the community and was active throughout he years in Elmont. "Joe was about the people. Anything he could do to help the people or get the people what they needed, he was there," said Lawes. "He was an all-around good guy. He was a go-getter. Nothing could stop him. Joe was very much about the community. He loved Elmont. This was his town."
Assemblyman Tom Alfano said Marziotto frequently visited Albany to fight for the community. Although Marziotto was a Democratic Party leader in Elmont North, he supported Alfano during campaigns. "I used to kid him that he was one of my best campaign workers," said Alfano. "Joe is someone that our community will sorely miss. He was a man who truly tried to do what was right for Elmont. The new library is a testament to all his work and that of all the trustees."
- Joe Rizza