COJO awards medals to those in uniform


On April 5, the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island in conjunction with the NYPD and the Shomrim held its annual Pre-Passover Briefing. COJO engaged in holiday preparations and presented Certificates of Appreciation to members of the NYPD, FDNY, and DSNY.

COJO officials and top brass of the NYPD, FDNY, and DSNY were in attendance to discuss the holiday, and preparations were made to help facilitate a smooth holiday experience. Also participating in the holiday preparations and awards ceremony were District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, Congressman Max Rose, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

Mendy Mirocznik, president of COJO, thanked Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island for coordinating security, FDNY Borough Chief Richard Howe for coordinating bread-burning, and DSNY Borough Chief Stephen Montanino for coordinating sanitation for the Passover holiday.

Mirocznik praised and credited New York’s Uniformed Service People as great public servants whose around-the-clock dedication to public safety and general welfare allows the residents of Staten Island to enjoy great quality of life.

Mirocznik thanked Scott Maurer, the CEO and executive vice president of COJO, and Ari Weiss, COJO security chair and coordinator of the Staten Island Shomrim, for organizing a great security briefing.

COJO is proud to advise the community that on April 19 there will be barricades at all bread-burning/biur chametz locations, and FDNY together with SISP-Shomrim will be present to supervise each location from 8 a.m. through 12 p.m. The bread burning/biur chametz will be taking place at Young Israel of Staten Island and at Khal Agudas Shomrei Hadas of Staten Island. COJO further advises that besides having sanitation dumpsters at Young Israel of Staten Island on Thursday, April 18, 4–11 p.m., and Friday, April 19, 6 a.m.–1 p.m., there will be additional sanitation dumpsters at Khal Agudas Shomrei Hadas of Staten Island.

The following members of the NYPD, FDNY, and DSNY received medals for their service:

NYPD: Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey, Deputy Chief Scott Henderson, Inspector Thomas Delahanty, Inspector Robert Bocchino, Inspector Vincent Patti, Lieutenant Rafet Awad, Detective Danielle Nunez, and Detective Mary Kelly

Sanitation: Borough Chief Stephen Montanino, Superintendent Fred Tuzzolino, Super of District SI-2, and Deputy Chief Thomas Sica DC in SI Borough Office

FDNY: Assistant Chief Richard J. Howe, Staten Island Borough Commander, Deputy Chief Brian Gorman Division 8 Commander, Deputy Chief Dave Maj, and Division 8 Deputy Chief Philip Solimeo, Division 8.


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