2005-07-22 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Frank Pedagno: A Good Samaritan
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Frank Pedagno(second person on top leftt) is congratulated by Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, Mary Sweeney, Patricia Dolan, Cathleen Chapey, Eileen O’Neil, Dr. Ilsa Glazer,Patricia Pedagno, Barbara Stonell and Wayne Stonell.Frank Pedagno(second person on top leftt) is congratulated by Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, Mary Sweeney, Patricia Dolan, Cathleen Chapey, Eileen O’Neil, Dr. Ilsa Glazer,Patricia Pedagno, Barbara Stonell and Wayne Stonell. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and B103, the Long Island Oldies Station at 103.1 FM have teamed up to salute Long Islanders whose generous efforts have made Long Island a great place to live, work and raise a family. They are presenting Long Islanders with a Good Samaritan Award.

On Friday, July 15, Frank Pedagno was chosen to receive the Good Samaritan Award. Frank was honored for being “a compassionate person who unselfishly helps others” (which is the dictionary definition of a Good Samaritan). Frank was recognized as an individual who goes above and beyond in his daily life. Frank has an exceptional record of volunteer service since his retirement from American Express.

Frank Pedagno served as the Vice President of Operations for American Express. He was the Chief Administrator for the South American and Mexican divisions of American Express Co. He was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of their financial offerings. He worked with multi national corporations, businesses and merchants to establish financial services for clients. He is a born leader with demonstrated competence, effectiveness and accomplishments. Frank has had an outstanding career in business and finance.

Frank also graduated with honors with an MS degree from the University of Miami and has a BA from Baruch College.

Frank was born in Queens and married his childhood sweetheart – Patricia Ippolito Pedagno. Pat is an Administrator and flight safety specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration.

In recognition of his extensive community endeavors he has received numerous awards including this most recent Good Samaritan Award.

Frank’s community activities include his work with Trinity Services, The New York State English Language Literacy Program and The Mary Brennen Inn – a soup kitchen in Hempstead.

At Trinity Services Frank utilizes his administrative talents in the preparation of reports to meet grant requirements. The preparation and submission of these reports allows Trinity to provide services for seniors as well as intergenerational programs for seniors and youth. The intergenerational programs offer academic intervention, homework assistance, computer instruction and English as a second language. Trinity also sponsors a van transportation program. The program is designed to provide services for seniors who are geographically isolates. Seniors use the transportation to meet a variety of needs – physical, intellectual, emotional and social.

Pedagno also works with the New York State Public Library Literacy program. This provides language programs for adults to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop a level of proficiency in English required for success in the workplace and at home. As a certified tutor with the Literacy program Frank has been working with a Polish family for the past 3 years. Under his tutorship, they have achieved citizenship and improved their employment situation.

As a volunteer at the Mary Brennen Inn – a soup kitchen in Hempstead – Frank helps to bring nutritious and delicious meals to their clients.

Congratulations to Frank and his wife Patty on his receiving the Good Samaritan Award. He is an outstanding example of a person who is using his academic credentials, his business expertise and his personal talents to help others. Kudos to Frank for all his successes.

I hope that you will join us on Sunday evening July 24th at the Rockaway Music and Arts program at 6 P.M. at Fort Tilden. It promises to be a wonderful evening. RMAC is presenting a Search for the Stars – our first vocal completion. Thanks to John Musameci for his creative and fruitful efforts in producing these events.

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