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Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta at the entrance to Travis Hall, St. Joseph’s Church, which hosted the blood drive. Photo from Leg. Trotta's office

44 Pints were Collected — Saving 132 Lives

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta thanks all of the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church and members of the community who donated their blood to benefit the blood banks at hospitals served by Long Island Blood Services. “I am grateful to St. Joseph’s Church for doing this event with my office,” said Legislator Trotta.

Fifty-two donors came to the blood drive on June 12 but only 44 met the criteria. However, those donations will save 132 lives since from each pint the blood goes for use as plasma, platelets, and red blood cells – saving three lives.

“I also appreciate the work done by the LI Blood Service personnel, volunteers Rich, Bridget and Vicki, who helped with registration, greeting the donors and stocking the canteen with refreshments. Once again, Kings Park comes through,” added Trotta.


Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta recently attended the annual Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s Gold Award Ceremony held at Villa Lombardi. This is the highest honor one can achieve in the Girl Scouts. Nine girl scouts from Legislator Trotta’s district earned this award. To receive the Gold Award each scout is required to do a community service project. They come up with an idea, discuss it with their Troop Advisor, then present the project to the organization, and work with them until it is finished.

The following Gold Award Girl Scouts reside in Legislator Trotta’s Legislative District:

  •   Mackenzie Clark of Kings Park created a “Sensory Room” at William T. Rogers

    School in Kings Park.

  •   Alyssa Greisman of Smithtown organized a “Music Night for students at parents

    at the Smithtown schools.

  •   Lauren Hedges of Kings Park created an “American Sign Language Learning Box”

    for the Smithtown Library’s Library of Things program.

  •   Akiko Matrisciano of Fort Salonga designed and painted a mural illustrating

    diversity at a nursery at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

  •   Angelica Rafaelides of Smithtown coordinated with the District Attorney’s office

    an assembly for sixth grade students to address the impact of social media on

    mental health.

  •   Megan Reilly of Commack developed a training guide with a physician from Stony

    Brook Hospital for teachers to help them identify and assist teens with mental

    health issues.

  •   Abbey Strent of Commack conducted workshops for residents at Gurwin to improve their social skills and increase their interaction with other people.
  •  Abigail Vermillion of Commack built homes for rescued cats at the Northport Cat Rescue Association.
  •  Layla Wilkes of Commack constructed benches for the preschool children on the Commack Soccer League.

“The young women who earned this award exemplify the values of leadership, character and community service that is inherent in the Girl Scouts. I congratulate them, their parents and scout leaders. This is a tremendous accomplishment and I applaud each one of them,” said Leg. Trotta.

At the Girl Scout Gold Ceremony Legislator Trotta had the opportunity to meet several of the scouts from his district and present them with a proclamation congratulating them on their achievement.

  1. Legislator Rob Trotta and Girl Scout Mackenzie Clarke and her mother Peggy Clarke
  2. Girl Scout Akiko Matrisciano and Legislator Rob Trotta
  3. Legislator Rob Trotta with Girl Scout Angelica Rafaelides and her parents Peter

    and Effie Rafaelides

Francesca Augello is holding her proclamation, commending her actions, (center) and with her are from left to right Michelle Collison, principal of Wood Park Primary School, Commack School Superintendent Jordan Cox, Legislators Rob Trotta and Leslie Kennedy, her children Vincent, Adrianna and Rocco and husband Sammy. Photo courtesy of Leg. Trotta's office

At the May 7 General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Rob Trotta recognized Francesca Augello, a school monitor at Wood Park Primary School, who noticed a second grader was choking on his slice of pizza during lunch. She immediately responded and performed the Heimlich technique on the child, which dislodged the piece of food.

Ms. Augello had seen posters at the school and in the cafeteria that explains and illustrates the Heimlich maneuver. Married and a mother of three school aged children she believes she did what any parent would do.

Legislators Trotta and Kennedy welcomed Francesca Augello and her family, as well as school officials to the legislature to praise her quick thinking and for remaining calm during a crisis.


Legislator Trotta donating blood at one of his sponsored drives at Travis Hall, Church of St. Joseph in Kings Park.
One Donation Can Save Three Lives

It’s time to batter up and give blood! Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta in conjunction with the Church of St. Joseph in Kings Park will host a community blood drive at Travis Hall located on the lower level of St. Joseph’s at 59 Church Street, on Wednesday,  June 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The drive is to benefit the blood banks maintained by Long Island Blood Services, which provides blood to hospitals throughout Long Island. Each donor will receive a pair of New York Mets tickets while supplies last.

To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be between the ages of 16 (16 with parental consent) and 76, (if older than 76, you need written permission from your doctor), weigh over 110 pounds and not have had a tattoo in the last three months. Please bring a valid photo ID with you. LI Blood Services recommends that you eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Previous donors should bring their blood donor card with them.

“Hospitals are always in need of blood supplies so it is important that if you can donate blood to do so because one pint of blood can help save three lives. We do a blood drive every year so I thank those who have attended in the past and hope you will consider donating again,” said Suffolk County Legislator Trotta.

For more information, please call Legislator Trotta’s district office at 631-854-3900.


Adrienne Giannadeo with Suffolk County Leg. Trotta

.At the May 7 General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, the Presiding Officer announced the nominees who were named the 2024 Women of Distinction for each of the 18 legislative districts. Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta selected Adrienne Giannadeo for her love of family, involvement with her community and her 26 years of being a dedicated teacher in the Kings Park School District.

While working at Park View Elementary School, she readily accepted college students whom she mentored while they did their student teaching in her class. During that time, Adrienne also developed a program with a local nursing home where the residents would come to visit and read to the schoolchildren. In addition, she was asked by the district to spearhead the committee that was responsible for building the first school playground in Kings Park. Part of that assignment was to find a company to do it and to serve as the liaison.

While raising her family and working, Adrienne found time to collaborate with fellow Catholic women in her neighborhood to establish The Rosary Society for St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Kings Park. She is also active in St. Joseph’s Catholic Daughters of America. In 1991, Adrienne was appointed to the Town of Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals. She made history by becoming the first woman to serve as its Chairwoman, a position she held for 14 years. To this day, she continues to serve on the Zoning Board.

Adrienne is also a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Hospital’s Advisory Board and the Smithtown Sunrise Rotary. She volunteers for both the Kings Park and Smithtown Chambers of Commerce. She is a past trustee of the Smithtown Historical Society. Several organizations have recognized for her for her contributions. The Smithtown Business and Professional Women honored her in 2012 with its Woman of Example Award. In 2014, she received the Community Service Award from the New York State Teacher’s Union. The Kings Park Chamber of Commerce acknowledged her with its Community Service Award last year.

“I met Adrienne more than 10 years ago when I was running for election to the Legislature. The teacher in her was evident when she gave me advice about dressing for the position and informed me that shorts and a t-shirt were not the proper attire. We have been friends ever since and I have the utmost respect for her and am thrilled that she accepted this recognition from me as she deserves it,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. The 2024 Woman of Distinction for the 13th Legislative District Adrienne Giannadeo is
with Legislator Rob Trotta, District 13, at the 2024 Woman of Distinction celebration.

Photo from Leg. Trotta's office

Last year, Suffolk County designated the first Wednesday in May as “Jewish-American Heritage Day” in Suffolk County. Pursuant to the resolution, legislators select a Jewish American person of distinction who resides in their legislative district for this recognition.

Legislator Trotta chose Gurwin Healthcare Systems in Commack for offering a vast array of services and programs for the residents of Long Island, and its staff for providing a high level of care for those they serve.

“Gurwin is well respected in the community and has been recognized by many organizations for its quality of service,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.

Pictured at the celebration at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge are from left to right several officials from Gurwin: Timothy Matejka, Chief Development Officer, Joe Gali, Vice President and Administrator of the Fay J. Linder Residences, Stuart Almer, President/ Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta and Michael Letter, Sr. Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.

Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club. Photo courtesy Stonebridge Facebook page

By Sabrina Artusa

As of May 7, Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club withdrew its application to modify the 1999 agreement, which if accepted, would have allowed the club to further develop its property.

While the development proposal was accepted initially by the Town of Smithtown, the Planning Board’s approval was necessary for any covenant change.

After fierce backlash and extensive media coverage, Stonebridge withdrew its application three days before the end of the feedback period. 

When Stonebridge released a proposal to add a driving range, an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse and 28 new housing units to a total of 133, among other modifications to the golf course, Legislator Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) received hundreds of letters in protest. 

The original covenants were intended to protect the environment, taking into consideration the Nissequogue River, adjacent forest and impacts to the floodplain. Stonebridge was prevented from building any more than 105 single-family residences on its 134-acre property. If more housing units were to be built, the covenants stated, then the golf facility must be closed and 90 acres must be preserved as open space.

As a result, community members feared not only that development would result in a rise in traffic and environmental damage, but also the loss of the golf course.

“The threats of the Stonebridge owner closing the golf course or reducing it to an executive course is alarming,” read a petition letter from the Hauppauge community.

At the March 20 Planning Board meeting at the Smithtown Senior Center, an influx of community members attended to voice their opinions, which were overwhelmingly against the development. Among those who spoke were Sue Stavrakos, secretary of the Stonebridge Homeowners Association, county Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) and Michael Kaufman, vice chair of the Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality. 

“If this covenant is abolished, then what?” Stavrakos asked. “What else could he apply for? This was put to protect the community.”

Hundreds of residents of this area have experienced flooding in their houses and adding to the property would only hinder the flow of water, according to Kennedy. 

Residents, including Trotta, noted the influx of traffic on an already busy road, congestion, dwindling open space and encroachment on Blydenburgh Park as more reasons to reject the proposal and honor the covenants.

“It really goes against what Suffolk County has been doing along with preservation and streambed maintenance,” Kennedy said. “My interests are preserving what little we have left.”

Now the Stonebridge application has been withdrawn. 

Pictured at the ceremony, are from left, Legislator Rob Trotta, Marge Connick, her son Bill, and behind them, his three sons who are triplets.

In 2019, the Suffolk County Legislature passed a resolution requesting each Legislator to select an Irish American person of distinction who resides in his or her district to be honored at the Irish American Heritage Celebration in Hauppauge during the month of March.

On March 27, a celebration was held at the Dennison Building in Hauppauge to recognize each legislator’s honoree.Several Irish musicians, Step Dancers, the Suffolk County Pipes & Drums and Suffolk County Police Emerald Society entertained the honorees and their families, as well as various county officials.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta recognized Kings Park Resident and 2024 Grand Marshal of the Kings Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Marge Connick, as the 13th Legislative District Irish American of Distinction.

Marge Connick is a proud Irish American as her grandparents came to the United States for a better life and found one in Kings Park, where they raised their five daughters. Her parents moved to Smithtown, but she still had friends in Kings Park. At a farewell party for her cousin who was leaving to serve in the military, she met her future husband Bill. While they dated in high school, it was not until after she finished nursing school that they were married. They bought a house in Kings Park, where they raised their two children and where she continues to live today.

Legislator Trotta said, “I have known Marge for years and she was a dedicated and caring nurse for 48 years working primarily in the oncology unit at St. John’s Hospital which was later renamed St. Catherine of Siena. Marge is the consummate volunteer – offering her services to such organizations as the Kings Park Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of America, St. Joseph’s Church and is a proud member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.”

Pictured at the Legislature are Dr. Sylvia Diaz and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. Photo from Leg. Trotta's office

In 2022, the Legislature passed a resolution that each Legislator shall designate a Diversity Champion for their district in April of every year. The honoree is one who demonstrates an openness in thinking and respects diverse racial, cultural and ethnic differences.

Sylvia Diaz received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Diaz has had a long career in Suffolk County government where she headed the Office of Minority Affairs, then the Division of Human Services and lastly served as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Social Services. She left public service in 2003, to serve as the Regional Vice President for the American Cancer Society. A position she held until 2013, when she joined the Suffolk County Community College Foundation as its Executive Director. She was there until early this year.

This past January, newly elected County Executive Ed Romaine appointed her as his Deputy County Executive for Health, Human Services and Education. Currently, she is serving as the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Social Services while a search is underway for a candidate to fill the position of Commissioner.

Legislator Trotta said, “I am thrilled to have a woman of Dr. Diaz’s caliber as my honoree and am confident that she will be a valuable asset to County Executive Ed Romaine and the residents of Suffolk County.”


Photo courtesy of Let. Rob Trotta's office

Suffolk County Legislators Rob Trotta and Leslie Kennedy joined hospital officials at the return of its community health fair on the grounds of St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Smithtown on April 13. The event provided access to more than 50 specialties and programs offered at the hospital. Medical staff conducted free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Community organizations were also present to share their resources and answer questions.

“St. Catherine is our community hospital and I proud to have it located in my 13th Legislative District. I am a supporter of the hospital and its events,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.

Pictured at the health fair from left to right are Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta; Mary Ellen McCrossen, the hospital’s Community Relations and EMS Managers; Declan Doyle, President of St. Catherine; Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy; NYS Senator Mario Mattera; Randy Howard, COO of St. Catherine;  and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.