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County Executive Curran Honors Sylvia Kaminetsky

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was joined by the Kaminetsky family, Senator Todd Kaminsky, and the Five Towns community this past Sunday for an official ceremony renaming the community room in the Administrative Building at North Woodmere Park in honor of Sylvia Kaminetsky. Sylvia Kaminetsky dedicated her life to volunteering and philanthropic activities in North Woodmere and the surrounding communities.

Sylvia Kaminetsky was born in New York City to Abraham and Dora Berkowitz on Oct. 28, 1933 and grew up in Cleveland. She came to New York at the age of 17 to live and work at the urging of her then suitor, and soon to-be husband, Irving Kaminetsky. Sylvia and Irving lived life to its fullest and were married 67 happy years. She was a wonderful mother to her two children, Jed and Lynn and an extraordinary grandmother to Jared, Alexandra, Jacob, Aaron and Amanda.

Sylvia was philanthropic and civic oriented. She volunteered for many years at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream where she served as the president of coordinating council of the auxiliaries. Also active in local politics, she served as the president of the Republican Club of North Woodmere, an election coordinator for the Town of Hempstead, and the biggest supporter of her husband’s campaigns for commissioner of Sanitary District 1. Sylvia was also actively engaged at her temples. She was a member of Temple Hillel in North Woodmere for more than 50 years, served on the board for 20 years and served at Sutton Place Synagogue in Manhattan.

“Sylvia was one of a kind that made a difference in the lives of others, and it is fitting that this room, where so much good is done for the community, is named in her honor. May her memory be a blessing,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

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