2004-08-13 / Community

Sarnoff Honored With USPS Matted Print At Boardwalk Ceremony

The ceremony honoring local artist Robert Sarnoff was held on the Boardwalk at Beach 116 Street on Wednesday. Pictured, from left at the ceremony, Congressman Anthony Weiner, USPS Triboro District Manager Lily Jung-Burton, local artist Robert Sarnoff, Far Rockaway Postmaster George Buonocore, Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore, Joann Shapiro, who represented Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo.
The ceremony honoring local artist Robert Sarnoff was held on the Boardwalk at Beach 116 Street on Wednesday. Pictured, from left at the ceremony, Congressman Anthony Weiner, USPS Triboro District Manager Lily Jung-Burton, local artist Robert Sarnoff, Far Rockaway Postmaster George Buonocore, Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore, Joann Shapiro, who represented Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo. Local artist Robert Sarnoff, who presents his political views through his cartoons weekly in The Wave, was honored on Wednesday by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The family of local artist Robert Sarnoff proudly watch the ceremony.
The family of local artist Robert Sarnoff proudly watch the ceremony. Sarnoff’s painting, “Ye Olde Jetty,” has been utilized by the USPS as a matted print, which will grace an envelope with a first-class stamp and with a Rockaway Beach cancellation that will be sold in post offices nationwide.

The matted print was unveiled on the Boardwalk at Beach 116 Street by George Buonocore, the Postmaster of the Far Rockaway Post Office and by Lily Jung-Burton, the supervisor for the local postal district.

“This painting typifies Rockaway,” Said Congressman Anthony Weiner at the ceremony, adding that people such as Sarnoff are “what makes Rockaway unique.”

Councilman Addabbo, USPS supervisor Scott Klein, Postmaster George Buonocore and Congressman Weiner speak before the ceremony.
Councilman Addabbo, USPS supervisor Scott Klein, Postmaster George Buonocore and Congressman Weiner speak before the ceremony. Both the matted print and a smaller version on an envelope will be on sale at all Rockaway post officers beginning this week.

Sarnoff has placed his paintings in the collections of such icons as Oleg Cassini, Arthur Ashe, Eli Wallach and Cleavon Little. He has had a number of one-man shows at galleries in the local area, including shows in Hewlett and in Hell’s Kitchen.

The matted print is unveiled by post office officials Lily Chung-Burton and George Buonocore, who flank artist Robert Sarnoff.
The matted print is unveiled by post office officials Lily Chung-Burton and George Buonocore, who flank artist Robert Sarnoff. Sarnoff said at the ceremony honoring him and his painting of the famous Rockaway Jetty, that he was born in Brooklyn and always considered himself a Brooklyn resident. His icons were the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Brooklyn schools that he attended as a youth.

Now, he says, that has all changed for the better.

“Now that I have lived in Rockaway for roughly half of my life,”the local artist said. “I finally consider myself proud to say that I am a Rockawayite.”

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