2000-11-18 / Columnists

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On Saturday, October 21, 2000, Superintendent Matt Bromme and Senator George Onorato were honored by the Italian Americans for Better Government.  The dinner dance was held at Ricardo's by the Bridge and attended by an overflow crowd.

The Italians for Better Government are celebrating their twenty-second year as a group that has as its stated goal to continue and reinforce its commitment to community service. Their primary focus has been on education through providing recreational and cultural experiences, social assistance, employment and bilingual education for youngsters and adults.  They are involved in the Free Food for the Needy Distribution Program and have given over 150,000 pounds of food to individuals and families.  In addition, they give scholarships to students and sponsor soccer, football, and baseball little league team programs. They have a strong interest in Italian heritage and a commitment to community involvement.  

The President, Mario D'Elia, and the chairs of the dinner, Giacomo Luongo and Vito Martino, are dedicated and energetic individuals who have a sincere commitment to improving our communities. Congratulations to them for their outstanding work.

Superintendent Matt Bromme received the Educator of the Year Award. Superintendent Matt Bromme is a knowledgeable dedicated, experienced and dynamic educator. He has an energy and enthusiasm for his profession that is contagious. He is a real leader who brings out the best in people because of his personal commitment to serving our children, their parents, the administrators, teachers, paras, secretaries and the staff.

Matt Bromme has spent the last 30 years as an education professional. Matt Bromme has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and now as superintendent of Community School District 27.

According to the literature, the highest compliment that your colleagues can give you is to vote for you. Previously Matt Bromme was elected by his peers to be the CSA district chair of District 27.  He also served as the legislative chairperson of the CSA and an assistant director for legislative affairs.  In addition, he was on the executive boards of the Association of Assistant Principals, the New York City Elementary Schools Principals' Association and the Middle School Principal Association.

Matt Bromme has received numerous honors including Alumni of the Year from Fordham University in 1997. He was named Supervisor of the Year in District 27 in 1999 and in May, 2000 he was honored with an award from the Catholic Teachers Association.

Superintendent Bromme is the leader of Community School District 27, which is the second largest school district in New York City.  The district has a rich multicultural environment with numerous languages, cultures and ethnic communities. Recently, under Matt Bromme's leadership, the District received the largest federal grant in the nation to address health, school safety and a multitude of other concerns in our community.

Congratulations to Matt Bromme and his wonderful family for performing outstanding service in our community and for caring for and nurturing our youth so that they can take their place as competent citizens in the 21 Century.

Another outstanding honoree is New York State Senator Honorable George Onorato, who received the Man of the Year Award.  George Onorato is an enthusiastic and capable member of the New York State Senate where he has served since 1983.

George Onorato is a strong fighter for the needs of the people. He has a sterling record on tenant rights, landlord equity, education, and union issues.  (He had served as the secretary/treasurer of the Bricklayer's Union Local #41 from January, 1968 until he was elected to the Senate in 1983.)

Senator Onorato has fought for the needs of our veterans.  These men and women who have served our country with distinction deserve our help.  He is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and an outspoken voice for our service men and women.

Senator George Onorato serves with pride as the secretary of the Senate Democratic Minority and as such serves on the Policy Committee of the Senate Democratic Conference.  George Onorato makes a remarkable difference for the people of New York on a State level.  He is a strong leader in the fight for crime prevention, for increased health benefits for our seniors, to preserve Social Security and to improve our educational system.

George is married to the beautiful Athena Georgakakos and is the proud father of three grown children and the grandfather of six.

Senator George Onorato is a proven community and Democratic leader, and a family man.  The Italian Americans for Better Government presented him with the "Man of the Year" Award for his outstanding contributions to community and for his dynamic leadership abilities displayed in the Senate. He is one elected official who really brings home the bacon.

Congratulations to two outstanding honorees: Superintendent Matt Bromme and Senator George Onorato.  They serve as positive role models to all who seek to improve their community.

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