Santino Honored as Humanitarian of the Year by Knights of Columbus -Senior Councilman earns praise from civic group for community work and response to Hurricane Sandy

Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino will be presented with the “Humanitarian of the Year Award” by the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s/Maris Stella Council #2228 at the organization’s 91st Annual Communion Breakfast.

Councilman Santino is an active parishioner and lector at St. Raymond's Roman Catholic Church in East Rockaway. He is also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a charter member of the Msgr. Walsh-St. Raymond's Council of the Knights of Columbus and a Fourth Degree member of the Cardinal Mercier Assembly of the Knights of Columbus. Additionally, he is a member of the Friends of Mercy Medical Center and the St. Raymond's Parish Holy Name Society.

Past Grand Knight Charles V. Rosaschi, chairman of St. Mary's/Maris Stella Council #2228 breakfast, was delighted to reveal the unanimous vote of council members that bestowed the honor upon Santino, who represents the fourth council district on the Town Board.

“St. Mary’s/Maris Stella Council of the Knights of Columbus of Lynbrook is honored to recognize Councilman Anthony J. Santino as our Humanitarian of the Year for his strident dedication to our community, our country and to the Knights of Columbus,” said Rosaschi.

He also hailed the Councilman’s stellar performance in times of crisis. “During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Councilman Santino’s tireless advocacy for the victims of the storm set a shining example for all of us. His selfless dedication to all people – as well as his humility – exemplifies the true spirit of charity. On behalf of St. Mary’s/Maris Stella Council #2228, we are honored that Councilman Santino has graciously accepted to be our Humanitarian of the Year,” Rosaschi said.

In response to this honor Councilman Santino said, “I’m thrilled to be recognized for simply doing my job. It’s my top focus to ensure that our municipal government provides the best services to our neighbors, in good times and bad, during crises and every day of the year. I’m truly humbled by Charlie’s kind words – as well as by this honor from St. Mary’s/Maris Stella Council #2228 of the Knights of Columbus.”

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal organization with over 14,000 councils worldwide. It’s dedicated to promoting social and intellectual fellowship among members and their families as well as contributing time, funds and energy to community service. Charity, unity and fraternity continue to be the organization’s guiding principles since the organization’s inception in 1882.