Councilman Eugene Cook Receives Award From Local Veterans Group
Councilman Eugene Cook (R,C,I – Huntington) was honored recently by dozens of local Veterans for his leadership and charitable efforts involving the repaving of a parking lot at the VA Medical Center. The charitable work was spearheaded by Councilman Cook and supported by local Huntington businessmen, at no cost to the taxpayers.
Local Veterans recognized Councilman Cook for the coordination of several groups’ charitable efforts, which restored a pothole-covered parking lot at the Northport VA Medical Center. The parking lot, which had been in disrepair for years, had been a source of frustration for local Veterans.
“Our Nation’s Veterans answered our Country’s call to duty,” said Councilman Eugene Cook. “Answering their call for help to repave the Northport VA parking lot is the least we could do to show our respect and gratitude for their service.”
VFW Department of New York 1st District Commander Fred P. Schwally presented Councilman Cook with the award. The 1st District consists of Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Kings Counties.
“If it wasn’t for the generosity of Posillico Inc., Lindley Bros Asphalt Paving Inc., and MGM Sealcoating, this would not have been possible,” said Councilman Cook to the group of almost 50 Veterans. “When I called on our local small businessmen, they agreed that for all your patriotic sacrifices, the least we could do is give you a parking lot that would prevent an unnecessary injury that may have incurred on the gravel lot.”
In addition to the recognition given by local Veterans groups, Senator Lee Zeldin, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci and County Treasurer Angie Carpenter issued proclamations and certificates honoring Councilman Cook at the event at Madison’s Steakhouse.
“These heroes have fought for America,” said Councilman Eugene Cook. “The least I could do in return is fight against some government red tape.”