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Long Island women honored in Farmingdale

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino honored five Women of Distinction at an annual ceremony Wednesday night in Farmingdale.

Honorees included Rebecca Alesia, Diane Klein, Carol Leff, Olga Hopkins Murray and Carol Quirk.

"All of our honorees are women who are the best of the best, and we're so fortunate to have them in our community," said Saladino (R-Massapequa).

Alesia helped start the One Town, One Book; Oyster Bay Reads program, to promote literacy; Klein is entering her ninth year as a West Babylon school board member; Leff is president and founder of the Massapequa Park Merchants Association; Murray is Islip's town clerk; and Quirk has been Babylon town clerk since 2008.

The Girl Scouts of the 9th Assembly District attended, and Angelina Flaherty, a student in Massapequa, sang the national anthem.

The ceremony was designed to show positive role models for women to emulate throughout life, Saladino said.

"This is an important event because we want to show that there is great success for everyone willing to work for it," he said. "We want to make sure that these young women have positive role models."

Saladino also explained that the event took place during Breast Cancer Awareness month. He said it was a good opportunity to explain the importance of early detection of breast cancer and the need for women to get 3-D mammograms.


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