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LIers share their New Year's resolutions

Laura Terracciano, 25, of Old Bridge, NJ, said

Laura Terracciano, 25, of Old Bridge, NJ, said her New Year's resolution is to encircle herself with the people in her life who love her. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Health, wealth and happiness are on the minds of Long Islanders as they head into 2011. For some, that means exercising more. For others, it’s spending more time with family, or being charitable.

Here are what some people said are their resolutions for the new year.

Frank Avallone, 23, of Merrick, said he's hoping to be more conscious of his spending habits. "My New Year’s resolution is to save more money and spend less on things I don't need," he said.

Katherine Cho, 39, of Queens, a professor at Nassau Community College, said she is looking to lose weight and find a boyfriend this year. "I've been lucky in a lot of ways," she said. "I'm praying for my friends who are looking for work that they find a job soon."

Xin Xin, 26, a medical student from Manhasset, said he is hoping to be matched to a residency program in neurosurgery in 2011. "My resolution is to not be so afraid to make mistakes," he said, "to be bold."

Paola Puig, 38, of Roosevelt, said  she wants to spend more time with her children in the new year. "I'd like my family to be healthy and peaceful," she said.

Aside from going to the gym more often, Matt Gelsomino, 27, of East Meadow, said his resolution this year is to buy a house. "I'm wishing the housing market stays down until I close," he said.

Jamel Gayle, 26 of Brooklyn, resolves to make and save more money. "I want this to be a successful and prosperous year, because the same just isn't good enough," he said.

Laura Terracciano, 25, who was visiting her grandmother's  grave at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, has several goals.  "My New Year’s resolution is to live life to the fullest, surround myself with my friends and my family, travel a little bit, and just be happy and do me.”

One woman walking out of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre who wouldn’t give her name said she doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, she saves resolutions for Lent so she only has to keep them for 40 days.

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