Students, Staff, Officials Honored for Hurricane Response

The Nassau County Executive’s office has honored 21 Glen Cove students, custodial staff members, and school and government officials with certificates of recognition for their timely and effective response in organizing Glen Cove High School as an emergency shelter in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which ripped through Long Island in August.
Nassau County Legislative Aide for Veterans Affairs Robert Germino, who is also a Glen Cove High School graduate, coordinated efforts between the county, Glen Cove School District, the City of Glen Cove, and the Red Cross to convert the high school into a shelter. Glen Cove football players/students Alex Aguilar, Paul Cavese, Charlie Gustella, Josh Martin, William Neice, and Nick Rant, who were nearby, volunteered to lend a hand to the custodial staff, who were called into action by Glen Cove Director of Facilities Joseph Fiorino when nearby Locust Valley High School, a designated Red Cross shelter, began to fill. 
“Superintendent of Schools Dr. [Joseph] Laria authorized us to do whatever it takes to get the school prepared to open its doors to those who had lost power and needed a place to stay,” said Mr. Fiorino. “People worked through the night, and with Rob Germino leading efforts at the county level, we were able to accommodate our residents at a difficult time.”
“It’s this kind of teamwork that really helped us to accomplish the mission for people who desperately needed help,” added Mr. Germino, who visited Glen Cove High School to award certificates to the students, staff, and school officials, as well as City Mayor Ralph Suozzi, members of the City Council, and members of the Nassau County Police Department. Those who received certificates were:
Nassau County Detective Jose Mercado
Nassau County Detective Frederick Goldman
Ricardo Mercado
John Macchione
Sal Scutifero
Frank Zangari
Sal DiMaggio
Travis Basile
Joe Fiorino
John Pacini
William Neice
Alex Aguilar
Charlie Gustella
Nicky Rant
Paul Cavese
Josh Martin
D.J. Martone
Jeff Jackson
Mayor Ralph Suozzi
Councilman Tony Jimenez
Councilwoman Delia DeRiggi-Whitton
Dr. Laria singled out the students for their demonstion of character and setting a great example, not only for their classmates, but for all Glen Cove youth. Kudos to all those acknowledged for coming together for the community at a time of need.