We welcomed business leaders from different facets of the housing sector. First, Sal Ferro, President & CEO of Alure Home Improvements, talked about why Long Island is not a side act to our neighbor NYC but a great place to do business in its own right. Sal turned a small painting company into one of the most successful home remodeling companies in the nation and discussed Alure’s role in helping Long Island homeowners invest in their own biggest asset. Next we were joined by Gwen O’Shea, President & CEO of Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI), a regional nonprofit founded nearly 50 years ago by government, business, and civic leaders to address the growing demand for affordable housing in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Gwen is a dynamic leader who spoke honestly of the challenges in the quest for affordable housing, but still with optimism for the infusion of funding sources, smart community leaders, and philanthropic businesses all working together on solutions.
On this difficult 20th anniversary, Joe Campolo shared his thoughts: “Our memories of September 11, 2001 will haunt us for the rest of our lives. It was a monumental event for all who were alive to experience it, and its aftermath had a devastating effect on humanity. Let us honor those who unnecessarily died in these attacks by focusing on the greatness that unites us as Americans. Remember the innocent men and women who were murdered, and the brave firefighters and police who risked and gave their lives to try and help save others. Let us remember that every day it is up to us to help make this world a better and more peaceful place before it’s too late.” ... See MoreSee Less