Front row from left... May Nazareno, Development Mgr; Sonia Ossorio, President and her daughter; Alyssa Cannizzaro, Special Projects Mgr & Asst. to the President; Jean Bucaria, Deputy Director.
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Herbert and Aurora Gareiss were the most compassionate couple you could know. Not only did "Aunt Aurora" help save the wetlands on Long Island but she and my Uncle Herbert both "saved" me. When my father, Louis Lombardo, abandoned me as a child, they took me in, sent me to school, fed and clothed me as I was alone at 13 years of age with no place to go. At her memorial in 2000, Commissioner Stern and Senators were among the vast crowd. With the Pastor saying prayers near the pier on her property, a hugh egret came fllying behind him as if on water skies, flapping his wings with a large splash as if to pay homage to this very kind hearted soul. Thank you NOW for keeping her memory alive in your office!
Aurora Gareiss with her neice, Didi D'Errico, on the Gareiss property in Douglaston, NY in the 1960's.
Didi D'Errico's caricature painting, LONE MARCHER, acrylic on paper 2 x 3 ft. of her Aunt, AURORA GAREISS depicting her in her 90's and still marching. Aurora was a talented artist who painted beautiful scenes of the Wetlands as well as pastel portraits.
Excerpts from Didi's work in progress biography.
Aurora and Didi at Herbert Jr. and Janie Gareiss' house taken in 1998. Aurora went to heaven in the year 2000 at age 90.