By Eden Laikin
Though many are still displaced by the superstorm, dozens of Sandy survivors from Nassau’s hardest hit communities joined together with County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife Linda this Thanksgiving– grateful for their health and well-being, and for that of their loved ones.
The mainly South Shore residents mingled, while enjoying a free traditional holiday meal hosted by Mangano at the Coral House in Baldwin.
After prayers and blessings by the Rev. Kevin Smith, pastor of St Dominics in Oyster Bay, and Rabbi Levi Gurkov from the Chabad of Oceanside, and a toast by caterer Butch Yamali, the 60 residents dined on turkey, stuffing, gravy, asparagus, yams, cranberry sauce – and their choice of apple or pumpkin pie for dessert.
An entertainer made balloon hats and animals for the few children who attended with their parents and Linda Mangano joined in to serve the food.
And as the guests sat and admired the scenic view of the catering hall’s outdoor pond, they told heir stories to news reporters from various media outlets who would go on to let the rest of the unaffected parts of the County know, that 14 months after Sandy hit, they’re still not back home.