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Trunzo leads Ronkonkoma St. Pat’s parade

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After more than three decades in the New York State Senate, you’d think Caesar Trunzo has had enough of raucous, slow-moving processions.

But on Sunday, the 84-year-old Brentwood resident will lead the way as the grand marshal of Ronkonkoma’s 21st St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“We try to pick someone well-known to the community,” said Jim Tallman, a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade planning committee at the St. Regis Council Knights of Columbus -- and last year’s grand marshal.

Trunzo was a Republican state senator from 1973 until 2008, when he lost to Brian X. Foley for the Third District position.

Tallman said he, like Trunzo, was chosen for grand marshal because of his work in the area.

The Ronkonkoma Knights of Columbus grand knight, Gerry McMenamin, talked about how Trunzo was instrumental in securing a $25,000 grant to install an elevator in the organization’s building. The project was intended to make the building handicapped-accessible.

Find all the information about Sunday's Ronkonkoma St. Patrick's Day Parade here.

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