Westchester County Executive George Latimer joined and honored the achievements of 71 senior citizens from throughout the County at the 36th Annual Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, Friday, December 7 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. This year’s program, one of the largest to date, names Joann Prinzivalli of White Plains and Rosemarie Stasio of Mt. Kisco with top honors.
“It is my honor to commend this active group of Westchester County residents, and induct them into our Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for their dedication and commitment to our communities. This longstanding tradition is a simple way for us to say thank you, and recognize top honorees like Joann Prinzivalli and Rosemarie Stasio for their time, energy and promise to enhancing the quality of life of those around them,” Latimerr said.
71 Westchester County residents ages 60 and older were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the luncheon and awards presentation. The Class of 2018 includes 27 nominees over the age of 80, and 4 over the age of 90. One of the honorees is 102 years old, and two of the honorees are a married couple.
Among this year’s award recipients, six seniors will receive Special Recognition: Donald Amoruso of Pleasantville, Catherine Ferri of White Plains, Arthur Howard of Tuckahoe, Anil Joshi of White Plains, Malcolm Lazarus of Scarsdale and Suzanne K. Smith of Hastings-on-Hudson.
DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said the achievements of the Hall of Fame honorees show the importance of people giving back to their communities and to each other. “The honorees show that age is never a deterrent to being a vital member of our society. In fact, it’s an advantage because of the life experiences they bring with them. Their generous contributions have helped to make Westchester County one of the most senior-friendly places in the world.”
The Senior Hall of Fame began in 1983, the 300th Anniversary of Westchester County’s founding. Its purpose was to showcase how seniors have contributed to building the County. More than 1,100 seniors have been inducted since.
To be nominated, seniors must have made significant and enduring contributions to enhance Westchester’s quality of life through their professional work, volunteer achievements or both. Nominations are made by members of the community, and the honorees are selected by a panel of judges and Hall of Fame members. The names of past honorees are engraved on plaques that are permanently displayed at the DSPS office in Mount Vernon.
Special Recognition was given to Malcolm Lazarus, Scarsdale. Since his tenure began in 1982, Lazarus has been instrumental in shaping United Hebrew of New Rochelle into the organization it is today. Lazarus has spent 35 years as a volunteer with the organization, as well as officer on its Board of Directors. A board member since 1982, Lazarus served as President five times from 1993 to 2007; he has also served as Chair and Senior Chair of the Board. Lazarus has chaired the organization’s fundraising campaign since 1998 and served as Chair of its UGC Foundation since it was formed in 2000. He also served as a founding member of United Hebrew’s Strategic Planning Committee. In addition to his leadership roles, Lazarus endowed United Hebrew’s Art Gallery, The Lazarus Gallery, which presents several exhibitions a year and is an integral part of life on the United Hebrew campus.
Local winners of the Westchester Senior Citizens Hall of Fame – Class of 2018 included: Harrison - Gwendolyn Strayer; Larchmont - Benita Marks; George P. Roniger; Mamaroneck - Coralie Joseph; New Rochelle - Nancy Brown Claiborn, Albert Fields, Ed Friedman, Joan Lucille James, Hope Miller-McRae, Lester Zimmerman; Pelham - Frank Zumpano; and Rye Brook - Bhavana Pahwa.