Long-time North Woodmere activist, volunteer and philanthropist honored
Renaming the North Woodmere Park Community Hall after Sylvia Kaminetsky is not only a way to honor the longtime activist, volunteer and philanthropist, Nassau County Director Laura Curran said on Sunday, but also a way to ” inspire future generations to embrace public service.
“People who come to use this park will see Sylvia’s name, they will ask questions about her life, and they will understand the importance of civic duty, of getting involved in politics in some way, of s ‘to involve in the creation of the world. a better place, ”Curran said during a ceremony at the park.
Dozens of family and friends braved the Sunday heat to join Curran and other officials in the sunny park to remember Kaminetsky, who spent decades making his Long Island community a place best before dying in November at the age of 87.
Kaminetsky, of North Woodmere and New York City, volunteered for many years at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream, which is now the Long Island Jewish Hospital in the Creek Valley. She was active in its temples – Temple Hillel in North Woodmere and Sutton Place Synagogue in Manhattan – and was the election coordinator for the town of Hempstead.
“Whatever had to be done, she did it,” Curran said.
Kaminetsky was the biggest supporter of her husband Irving’s campaigns for the post of Commissioner of Health District 1, a post he held for 40 years, in addition to being chairman of the Republican Club of North Woodmere. Irving Kaminetsky thanked Curran, a Democrat, for supporting efforts to honor his wife for 67 years despite their political differences.
“Party politics meant nothing,” said Irving Kaminetsky. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Hundreds of friends and family signed an online petition earlier this year to dedicate Cliffside Avenue to the longtime activist from North Woodmere, where the Kaminetskys have lived for more than 50 years, although authorities finally decided to honor Kaminetsky by giving his name to the community hall.
State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), meanwhile, wrote a letter to Curran in January urging the county executive to honor Kaminetsky.
“It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about helping the people who are your neighbors,” Kaminsky said at the ceremony on Sunday.
Jared Kaminetsky of Manhattan, was moved when he remembered spending many happy days with Sylvia and Irving at their home in North Woodmere.
“I just want to say how wonderful it is that this room in this park is dedicated to my grandmother, so that her presence can evoke happy memories for generations in this neighborhood,” he said.