Nassau County, NY - January 10, 2015 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano welcomed Junior Girl Scouts from the West Hempstead-Franklin Square Association to the Ceremonial Chamber of The Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building. Under the direction of Leader Laura Esposito, girls from Polk Street School’s Troops 1276 and 1883 collected dozens of sweatshirts locally that were donated to Nassau County’s Hoodies for the Homeless program.
The program, started this year by teenager Tylar Trichon, asked Nassau County residents to look inside their closets and part with a gently used sweatshirt. Tylar realized that many Long Islanders have closets stuffed with clothing while many other Long Islanders living in shelters brave the cold. Girl Scout Troops 1276 and 1883 participated in the Hoodies For The Homeless drive by starting with their own closets, then asking neighbors and friends to also donate.
Joining County Executive Mangano from Troop 1883 are Leader Laura Esposito, Assistant Leaders Nancy Cucchiara and Pauline Garofano. Girls from Troop 1883 who participated in the program include Alexa Babiak, Gianna Burke, Christina Coglan, Gianna Corette, Christina Cucchiara, Gia Esposito, Lilly Garofano, Emily Jurasits, Sofia Legovich, Kiara Mitchell, Kelly Palminteri, Ava Rigano and Luisa Tola.
Leader Sue Valenti of Troop 1276 joined County Executive Mangano in commending the girls along with her co-leaders Christina Martini and Elena Saffioti. Troop 1276 participants included Eliana Basher, Ava D’Arduini, AshleyKutner, Gianna Livieri-Pisciotta, Sophia Martini, Luisana Mavarez, Tania Papanagnostou, Jessica Pormigiano, Antonella Saffioti, and Jessica Valenti.