Captain Bruce Ceparano, commanding officer, Pct. 121; Mendy Mirocznik, president, COJO-SI; Congressman Max Rose; and Assemblyman Michael Cusick

On November 26, the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island’s food pantry once again partnered with Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and NYPD Precinct 121 in providing turkey and other Thanksgiving foods to nearly 200 Staten Island families in need.

Assembling the turkeys and food bags for distribution

Mendy Mirocznik, president of COJO, thanked Captain Bruce Ceparano, commanding officer of Precinct 121, for once again opening the precinct for what has become an annual COJO/NYPD tradition, the Thanksgiving turkey and food distribution. Captain Ceparano commented how a few years earlier the COJO Food Pantry was approached by the NYPD to help the broader Staten Island community in providing support for Thanksgiving.

“It is through our partnership with such wonderful civic organizations like COJO that the NYPD is able to have established community support and confidence. The support that COJO gives us as we celebrate Thanksgiving helps us to reach out to those in need and help provide for them a meaningful holiday celebration. These celebrations help build community and a better Staten Island. As commander of the 121st precinct, I thank Mendy Mirocznik and his food pantry team and Assemblyman Cusick for taking the time to bring joy and holiday spirit to the various community members who were served today by this Thanksgiving food giveaway.”

Assemblyman Cusick thanked COJO and stated, “Community leaders such as Mendy Mirocznik are a shining example of the best of Staten Island. We are a generous borough and have a wealth of great community organizations such as COJO whose primary sole concern and agenda is to help all Staten Islanders have a better quality of life. These fine community leaders and organizations in Staten Island is what makes me most proud of our hometown.”

Mendy Mirocznik thanked Assemblyman Cusick and the pantry volunteers who collected, assembled, packed, and distributed the turkey and food packages. “A project such as this turkey and holiday food distribution does more than just help make Thanksgiving a festive holiday for all. It is an example of the broader Staten Island community coming together and working together as one big family. We are standing side by side, working together in this room with a team of people who reflect and represent the great diversity of Staten Island. The common thread among all of us is that we as a collective group care about one thing and that is building a community on a foundation of love, respect, and mutual care. As a community, we can only succeed if we respect each other, collaborate together, and succeed on such Thanksgiving food projects. This is evidence that we are committed and have succeeded in making Staten Island a better place for all people.”

Additionally, Congressman Max Rose, Assemblyman Charles Fall, Alicia Barton, CEO of NYSERDA, and Thomas Scarangello, from Governor Cuomo’s Office were on hand and joined in and helped with the turkey and food distribution.

Mirocznik concluded by thanking Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Cusick, Borough President Oddo, and Kevin Mannix and Shoprite for their generosity in helping to make the turkey and Thanksgiving food distribution the success that it was.


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