Generally Speaking: Guarinello re-elected Army Base advisory panel chief

January 13, 2014 Theodore W. General
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Bensonhurst Community Board 11 Chair Bill Guarinello was unanimously re-elected to another term as president of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee.This is the community-based panel tasked with mobilizing support to fight attempts to downsize or close Fort Hamilton.

While there is no current threat to close the city’s only active military base,the committee has fought tirelesslyalong with supportive elected city, state and federal officials in the past to keep this local military facility open.

However, there has been some scuttlebutt in Washington about another possible round of base closings in 2015, if another BRAC (Base Alignment and Closure Act) commission is authorized by Congress.

Additionally, Guarinello — who was awarded the 2013 International Brotherhood Award last February by the PTA of Public School 104(also known as the Fort Hamilton School) — is the President and CEO of HeartShare. This past month, Bill had a chance to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange as part of the 100-year commemoration of HeartShare.

Other FHCAC officers re-elected for another term were Vice Presidents Mike LongDave Martin and Gene Russo; Brian DolanCraig EatonAnthony GrigosGene Brody.

Other current board members include Major David RyanBob RoseBasil CapetanakisMike GanimTom EdwardsCharles OteyBob PalisayKevin FarrellLinda DuncanMaureen StramkaPeter ClavinHowie Dunn and myself. Duncan is a past deputy base commander.


We joined General Rose and Duncan as FHCAC reps at Colonel Eluyn Gines’ and Command Sergeant Major Hector Prince’s New Year’s reception in the Community Club. Among some of the local luminaries we met enjoying the festivities — which also included a New Year’s toast by the garrison commander — were Bay Ridge Council PresidentRenee Dorsa and her husband Dominick Ali, Congressmember Michael Grimmand his aides Fran Vella Marrone and Liam McCabeJohn IngramPeter and Patricia KillenJudy CollinsKarina Costantino, Michael Bove, Mary Anne Cino, Rosa Casellaand State Senator Marty Golden,plusGarrison Deputy Commander Don BradshawRocco MandileJuan Caez and Wallace Grant.


We are not so sure our good friend Vito Turso, a veteran member and currently deputy sanitation commissioner for public information, enjoyed the unexpected gift he received on his birthday–a nice big snowstorm!

U.S. Representative Grimm just lost his Washington-based Communications Director Carol Danko, who was just appointed public affairs VP at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in D.C.She had beenworking for Grimm for the past three yearsand before that for Representative Peter King.We wish her every success with her new post.


Brooklyn’s Cathedral Club will be holding its 114th Anniversary Dinner on

Thursday evening, February 6, in the West Side Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway.

The 2014 gala will honor Louis MiloThe keynote speaker will be Reverend Timothy ScullyThis year’s dinner is chaired by Monsignors Jamie Gigantiello and Kieran Harrington.Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarziois the club’s spiritual director and Marty Cottingham is the current president.For reservations, call 917-402-9086. Individual seats are $300, and a table of 10 is $3,000.


Local realtor Susan PulaskiJanet Yellen. Yellen was also the Shore Road School valedictorian when she graduated in 1963.

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