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Presiding Officer Nicolello Honors May O’Boyle Deegan as Woman of Distinction

May O’Boyle DeeganAt the 20th Annual Nassau County Legislature’s “Women of Distinction Awards”, Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello honored May O’Boyle Deegan for her tireless leadership in the community and county and for her many years of dedicated service in promoting and preserving Irish culture and heritage.


May, a first-generation Irish-American, born and raised in Queens, New York, moved to Garden City Park in 1991 with her husband Tommy and daughter Melanie. She was President of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, where she ably led one of the area’s foremost Irish-American organizations. May was a dynamic and dedicated leader, and also served as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade.


May has also run numerous Irish dancing competitions for various organizations in the community and is the proud owner of a small business, Feis Head, where she sells accessories for Irish dance competitions.


May was a Girl Scout leader in Garden City Park and has taught Religious Education at both Notre Dame and Holy Spirit. She is also a member of the Holy Spirit Pastoral Council, festival committee, website manager and a Eucharistic Minister.


Legislator Nicolello stated: “May is a selfless leader who consistently gives of her time and talent to serve. It is my great privilege to honor May as a true Woman of Distinction and proud daughter of Ireland.


Pictured above (left to right) are Thomas Deegan, Madge O’Boyle, Honoree May O’Boyle-Deegan, and Presiding Officer Nicolello.


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Nassau Legislature Honors Mary Kay Barket As Woman Of Distinction

Mary Kay BarketAt its 19th Annual “Women of Distinction Awards”, the Nassau County Legislature and Deputy Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello honored Manhasset native Mary Kay Barket, as a woman of remarkable achievement.


Mary Kay and her husband Brucereside in Manhasset where they are raising four beautiful children, Katie,Elizabeth, Charlie, and Maggie, ages 11 to 4. Mary Kay has worked in the insurance/reinsurance industry for over 25 years, and founded her own consulting company, “MK Risk Solutions” in 2006.


Aside from balancing work andfamily, Mary Kay is involved with a number of charitable organizations. Sheserves on the board of directors for the Association for Children with DownSyndrome and the Matthew Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the livesof persons with Down Syndrome. She is also on the Executive Board of the IHMLeague at Our Lady of Grace School and is a member of the Friends Committee forthe Sisters of Life. She chairs an annual fundraiser for Good Counsel Homes, anorganization dedicated to providing housing and education for mothers andbabies. Mary Kay is also a member of the St. Mary’s Rosary society and activelysupports Best Buddies International.


Legislator Nicolello stated:“Mary Kay is a perfect example of a woman who balances a professional life witha dedication to worthy causes and a tireless commitment to her family. She is arole model for all, most especially young women who wonder if they can have afamily and pursue their professional ambitions.”


Pictured above (left to right) are Bruce Barket, Mary Kay Barket, Katie, Elizabeth, Charlie, and MaggieBarket, and Deputy Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello.


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Deputy Presiding Officer Nicolello Honors Mayor Elaine Phillips

Mayor Elaine PhillipsAt the 18th Annual Nassau County Legislature’s “Women of Distinction Awards”, Legislator Richard Nicolello honored Elaine Phillips, Mayor of the Village of Flower Hill for her dedicated service to the community and county.


Mayor Phillips is serving her third term as Mayor of Flower Hill. Previously, when Elaine was a resident of Munsey Park, she served as a Trustee on that Village Board. She has been active in a variety of community organizations including, President of the Munsey Park School Community Association, a member of the Manhasset Schools’ Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Finance, and a member of the Buckley County Day School’s Board of Trustees.


Legislator Nicolello stated: “Elaine has the unique ability and determination to get things done both as a community leader and elected official. She is a “go-to” person to address community concerns and create solutions for the residents and for her colleagues in government.”


Elaine and her husband Andy have been married for 27 years and have three daughters, all of whom are trailblazers in their own right.


Pictured above are Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello, Honoree Mayor Elaine Phillips and her husband, Andy.


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