To the editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the honor of being named “Civic Person of the Year.” It is both humbling and inspiring. Humbling because I know I do not do this work alone; the community I live in has many footmen who work tirelessly with me. Inspiring because we all need a pat on the back to know that what we give up our leisure and, sometimes, family time for is so worth it.
Thank you to whoever nominated me. Thank you to the paper for choosing me. Thank you to the community for believing in me and working with me. Thank you to my family for putting up with many nights a week at meetings. Thank you to members of Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic and Save Main Road for coming out when we post “Occupy Town Hall.” Thank you to Group for the East End, North Fork Environmental Council, Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition and the Sound Park Heights Civic for your unflagging support, thank you to all of my fellow members of the Landmarks and Preservation Commission and anyone else I’ve accidentally omitted. Thank you to the parish of St. Isidore Church and St. Isidore School. Your faith is deep and wide and comforting to my soul, and I consider it a privilege to serve you.
And I want to thank Angela DeVito and Donna Schmitt for pulling off the best surprise celebration ever! You made me know that I am doing exactly what I was meant to do. I really want everyone who works with me professionally and in the community to know as much as I do. We make a difference — every day — in the quality of life here in our town for today and for the future. This ought to be a great new year!
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