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Last Chance: Who Made a Difference in 2012?

Nominate your Syosset neighbors for Patch's list of people who mattered this year.

Syosset is filled with special people who make a difference, people who make an impact on our lives on a regular, sometimes daily, basis.

There are educators, business owners, volunteers, public officials, clergy members and others working to make Syosset a better place.

Joshua Lafazan won the 2011 title for his work founding Safe Ride Syosset. He was later elected to the Syosset Board of Education and is one of the youngest elected officials in New York State.

"I am humbled and honored to be nominated as a person who matters in Syosset," reacted Lafazan to the announcement. "I want to wish a special congratulations to my fellow nominees, and everyone else whose efforts help make Syosset the special place it is. I wish everyone a happy New Years, and please remember to DESIGNATE before you CELEBRATE."

A year has passed since his win and now we're looking for the most influential Syosset and Woodbury residents of 2012.

Nominate candidates in the comment section below, on our Facebook wall, or by Tweeting us @SyossetPatch. Give us the name of your nominee and why they belong on our list. We will run a poll with the top 10 nominees in the last week of December. Previous honorees are exempt from being nominated.

Papa Tom December 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Truthfully, as honored as I am to have been recognized, I, too, would agree that there are many more worthy recipients of this year's award. I have been active in community service and local history my entire adult life here in Syosset and I hope to continue to do so for a long time. Barring any major catastrophes in 2013, I will gladly accept a nomination this time NEXT year (insert smiley face here); however, this year's recognition should go to the MANY responders to Hurricane Sandy in the Syosset Fire Department and the Town of Oyster Bay, as well as all the community members who volunteered their time to help get us back on track. Happy New Year to All. Tom Montalbano
Giovanni L. Graceffa December 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Chris, I agree with your nomination and concur with what you've written. I thank you for putting this up because if I did it, it could be seen as self-serving. Regards, Giovanni Graceffa
Christopher DiFilippo December 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I would like to add that the Chiefs and SFD members who respond 24/7 are not paid. All the SFD Firefighters as we should know did a wonderful job, and they do it because they wish to help other peope and make a difference.
Christopher DiFilippo December 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Hi Tom, I agree with your post and wish to also commend, Town of Oyster Bay for the extraordinary clean up and restoration efforts. I know that the TOB worked to ensure that services were provided and and make the streets safer with removal of down trees, which greatly assisted to the children going back to school on safe roads and parents to their jobs. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year Chris DiFilippo
Papa Tom December 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
And let's not forget the educators and parents of our community who had to figure out a way to explain the Newtown tragedy to our children, however far removed we are from the actual incident.

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