A big thank you to Bayport Civic Association for providing the photos of this week's installation event held at the Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport.
The newly-installed officers are:
President: Bob Draffin
Vice President: Joe Libertelli
Recording Secretary: Kerrylyn Kraft
Corresponding Secretary: Marion Cohn
Treasurer: Rich Wyeroski
Sergeant-at-Arms: Joe Saetta
Over 50 residents attended as well as Sen. Phil Boyle and Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, who served as master of ceremonies. The association's third annual Civc Pride award was presented to Joe Libertelli.
The sssociation’s Civic Pride Award is presented annually to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to any aspect of Bayport that fulfills the Civic Association’s mission statement: to unite the residents of Bayport in order to maintain and improve the quality of life of its citizens; to promote and preserve the rich, historic and unique character of our hamlet; and to undertake projects for the general welfare of the people of our community.
Joe Libertelli is the third recipient with the first one going to George Mitchell and last year's to Mary Smith.
According to Draffin, Libertelli first got involved with the BCA in 2004.
"Everyone was so impressed with his enthusiasm that the civic amended it's bylaws to create the Office of Sergeant-at-Arms just for Joe," Draffin told Patch in an email.
After serving two terms, he moved up the ladder and has served as the BCA's vice president for the past six years.
"I can't imagine having a more loyal right-hand man than Joe Libertelli in leading the Bayport Civic. No matter what the cause, Joe is always the first one to step up and volunteer to help," said Draffin.
Libertelli's wife Rosemarie and son Andrew were there as he received the honor of the 2013 BCA Civic Pride Award.