Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presented the 2015 Professional of the Year Award at the Long Beach Chamber Of Commerce’s 50th Annual gala in Atlantic Beach on Nov. 1, 2015. And, other elected officials presented awards to chamber members being honored that evening.
The County’s Color Guard-presented the Colors to open the ceremony. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and an Invocation by Reverend Mark Moses and Rabbi Bennett Herman. Chamber President Mark Tannenbaum welcomed the attendees.
Assem. Todd Kaminsky presented the Buscemi Award to Barbara Bernardino, Dr. Martin Gruber and Phyllis Libutti; NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented the Woman of the Year Award to Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. Legislator Denise Ford and Stanley “Rocket” Fleischman- presented the Merchant Award to Brian Bergman. And then, County Executive Mangano presented attorney Scott Nigro, with the Professional of the Year award.
Nigro was recognized for significant contributions he’s made in the City of Long Beach, in the past as a Council person and over this past year serving as a Chairperson of the Board of Long Beach Reach, Inc. and the Long Beach Local Development Corporation.
“From his hard work and dedication to his law practice to fighting and advocating for the residents and to benefit the community, Mr. Nigro has made a lasting impact on City of Long Beach,” County Executive Mangano said. “Congratulations on a very well-deserved honor and thank you for all that you’ve done and for all that you will continue to do for the community and people of Long Beach.”
Mangano also spoke about the importance of small businesses to a community, and he lauded the Chamber for its accomplishments in helping to advance its small businesses.
He said one of his administration’s main priorities is creating more private sector jobs, and to accomplish this goal, the County hosts free private-sector job fairs, business clinics, underwriter workshops and job training and re-training; existing businesses are also supported with free clinics, job fairs and financial workshops so that they can succeed.
“Small businesses, including Mom and Pop Shops in our downtowns, make up 60 percent of the job opportunities,” he added. “They are the heartbeat of our economy.”