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Matilda Cuomo signs her book in Howard Beach


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Matilda Raffa Cuomo said she wants her book, “The Person Who Changed My Life,” to help those who may feel down on their luck, so they know they are not alone.

The mother of Governor Andrew Cuomo and wife of former governor Mario Cuomo appeared at the office of Scott Baron & Associates, P.C. in Howard Beach on Thursday, May 31 to sign copies of her book, which is in its third edition. This updated version features stories from Dr. Mehmet Oz and former President Bill Clinton — among several others. All proceeds from book sales will go to Mentoring USA, the program Cuomo founded and chairs.

“It’s a handy device to have for people who are down on themselves or feeling neglect or rejection,” Cuomo said of her book’s goal. “It’s unbelievable how a mentor can pick you up and give you the self-confidence and the sense of well-being that you never thought you had.”

Cuomo, a teacher by profession, began Mentoring USA in 1995 to guide children lacking a positive figure in their lives. Born from an initiative when Cuomo was New York State’s first lady, the original program was statewide and school-based; after Mario Cuomo lost the 1994 election, her son Andrew urged her to revive the program and take it nationwide. In 1999, her daughter Madeline suggested she compile a book of people’s stories and how a mentor guided each to success.

Cuomo said she brought a philosophy from teaching with her into the program. Her three pillars for success for a child are: the home, the school and the community. All of these, she said, must stay strong in order for a child to succeed.

“It’s an honor to have the current first mom and former first lady of New York State here today,” said Baron. “Her message of mentoring is very appropriate as an example of being a fine American.”

The Center for the Women of New York celebrates 25 years


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Courier/Photos

The Center for the Women of New York hosted its 25th anniversary luncheon at the Douglaston Manor and Golf Club. The event honored “Woman of Distinction” Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former First Lady of New York State; Community Service awardee Assemblymember Catherine Nolan; Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley; Catherine Glover, Esq., NYS Democratic State Committeewoman; Sasha Greene, LMSW, Director, UFT Retiree Social Services; Assemblymember Grace Meng; Hon. Evelyn Roth, Nassau County Commissioner for the Aging; Sue Sutera, Physical Ed. Coach, Jamaica High School.

CWNY “Good Guy” Awards went to Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein; Alan Kaufman, Treasurer, CEO, Melrose Credit Union; Fred Papert, President, The 42nd Street Development Corp.; and Gregory Clague, CLTC, LUTCF, Financial Services Executive, MetLife.

Queens Courier crowns ‘Kings’


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The 2011 Kings of Queens were honored at Terrace on the Park on November 3

Over 450 guests gathered at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to mingle at one of the largest networking events in the borough and honor this year’s “Kings of Queens.”

The fourth annual Queens Courier event, held on Thursday, November 3, honored “Man of the Year” Comptroller John Liu and “Woman of the Year” Matilda Cuomo, founder of Mentoring USA, among dozens of other top businessmen from throughout the borough.

Prizes were also raffled at the event, with the proceeds benefiting Life’s WORC and The Rotary Club. Fred Morante of Minuteman Press in Bellerose and Lily Anastasiadis of eboxed won the door prizes from Skyline Cruises and TD Bank, respectively. Linda DeSabato of Vallo Transportation was the winner of the Cancun vacation courtesy of JetBlue.

The event’s sponsors included: Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Center, NY Community Bank/Queens County Savings Bank, TD Bank, Flushing Bank, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, City University of New York, Con Edison, First Central Savings Bank, St. John’s University, Council For Airport Opportunity of NY & NJ, City Employees Union Local 237 International Brotherhood of Teamsters, HSBC, Print Early, Advantage Payroll Services and The Daily News. A & S Whitestone Nursery Flowers & Gifts provided a boutineer for each of the honorees.

Honored this year, along with Cuomo and Liu, were Eric Barrios, Vice President & Woodside Branch Manager, HSBC; Dominick Ciampa, Chairman of the Board, New York Community Bank; Salvatore DiMartino, Vice President Senior Enterprise Risk Officer, First Central Savings Bank; Gregory Floyd, President, City Employees Union Local 237, IBT; Bill Gianakos, Executive Vice President-Area Director, NYC Region DeNovo Expansion, Citi; Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens; Bill Huisman, Executive Director, Aviation Development Council; Anthony Izzo, Chief of Organized Crime Control Bureau, NYPD; Gabor Karsai, Rotary International, District 7250, Brooklyn, Queens & Nassau Counties; John Khani, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, CSA; Giorgio Kolaj, Proprietor, Valentino’s on the Green; Franck Korzekwinski, EVP Chief of Real Estate Lending, Flushing Bank; John Koufakis Sr., CEO/President, Star Auto group; Anthony Lolli, Founder/CEO, Rapid Realty NYC; Serphin Maltese, Attorney & Counselor at law; Stephen Martin, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Queens, TD Bank; Michael X. Mattone, CFO, Mattone Group LLC; Dr. Peter Nelson, CEO, Joseph P Addabbo, Family Health Center; Jay Parker, President, The Original Bens Best; Tony Raouf, President, Riverview Restaurant; Robert Ricken, President Board of Directors, North Shore Towers; Cruz Russell, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Port Authority of NY & NJ; George Russo Esq. President of the Board, South Queens Boys & Girls Club; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations, St. John’s University; Peter Smergut, CEO, Life’s WORC; Jerry Spampanato, General Manager, JFK International Airport; Michael H. Strawberry Sr., Manager, Strawberry’s Sports Grill; Carlisle Towery, President, Greater Jamaica Development Corp.; Robert M. Werner, Vice President of Finance and CFO Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Steve Wei, Partner, Wei, Wei & LLP; Bhavik Patel and Sergey Shpiller, Vice Presidents of Operations, Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Group, Milo Blair,Vice President Brooklyn/Queens Electric Operations, Con Edison, William E. Fischer, Partner, Grassi & Co., Jeffrey Halperin, Professor of Psychology Queens College & The Graduate Center.

Network with the ‘movers and shakers’ at Kings of Queens


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Don’t delay. Get your tickets for the 4th Annual Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event.

The event — which recognizes Queens’ most influential men in business — will take place Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It will feature a morning of networking with top professionals and an expo with the area’s leading businesses.

Honored this year are Man of the Year John Liu, New York City Comptroller; Woman of the Year Matilda Cuomo, Founder of Mentoring USA; Eric Barrios, Sales Leader-Woodside Branch, HSBC; Dominick Ciampa, Chairman of the Board, New York Community Bank; Salvatore DiMartino, Vice President Senior Enterprise Risk Officer, First Central Savings Bank; Gregory Floyd, President, City Employees Union Local 237, IBT; Bill Gianakos, Executive Vice President-Area Director, NYC Region DeNovo Expansion, Citi; Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, Bill Huisman, Executive Director, Aviation Development Council; Anthony Izzo, Chief of Organized Crime Control Bureau, NYPD; Gabor Karsai, Rotary International, District 7250, Brooklyn, Queens & Nassau Counties; John Khani, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, CSA; Giorgio Kolaj, Proprietor, Valentino’s on the Green; Francis Korzekwinski, EVP Chief of Real Estate Lending, Flushing Bank; John Koufakis Sr., CEO/President, Star Auto group; Anthony Lolli, Founder/CEO, Rapid Realty NYC; Serphin Maltese, Attorney & Counselor at law; Stephen Martin, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Queens, TD Bank; Michael X. Mattone, CFO, Mattone Group LLC; Dr. Peter Nelson, CEO, Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Center; Jay Parker, President, The Original Bens Best; Ole Pedersen, Vice President of Emergency Medicine & Public Affairs for Medysis Health Network Jamaica Hospital; Tony Raouf, President, Riverview Restaurant; Robert Ricken, President Board of Directors, North Shore Towers; Cruz Russell, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Port Authority of NY & NJ; George Russo Esq., President, The Law Office of George Russo & Associates; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations, St. John’s University; Peter Smergut, CEO, Life’s WORC; Jerry Spampanato, General Manager, JFK International Airport; Michael H. Strawberry Sr., Manager, Strawberry’s Sports Grill; Carlisle Towery, President, Greater Jamaica Development Corp.; Robert M. Werner, Vice President of Finance and CFO Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Steve Wei, Partner, Wei, Wei & LLP; Bhavik Patel and Sergey Shpiller, Vice Presidents of Operations, Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Group.

Ticket prices are $65 each and include networking, refreshments, breakfast, an awards ceremony and a raffle with proceeds benefiting a nonprofit organization.

To purchase tickets, expo tables, or inquire about sponsorship and participation opportunities, call 718-224-5863, Ext. 226 or e-mail mromero@queenscourier.com.

SAVE THE DATE: Kings of Queens Breakfast Awards & Networking event


| brennison@queenscourier.com

The Queens Courier will be honoring Comptroller John Liu as “King of Kings” and Matilda Cuomo as “Woman of the Year” at the fourth annual “Kings of Queens, a Champions’ Breakfast Awards & Networking event”, on Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrace on the Park.

For more information or for tickets, contact Maria Romero at 718-224-5863, ext 226.