Raia Welcomes Special Guest Sferazo On Disability Day

May 18, 2010

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (far right) greets John Sferazo (center) in the Assembly chamber on Monday, May 17. Mr. Sferazo traveled to Albany with wife Lena and daughter Nicole Marie to appear with the assemblyman at the annual Disability Day event. They were joined in the chamber by Assemblyman James Conte (left).

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) recently welcomed John Sferazo to the Capitol for the New York State Assembly’s annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day. Sferazo, who made the trip to Albany with wife Lena and daughter Nicole Marie, was presented by Raia with the Excelsior Award for his efforts on behalf of veterans and first-responders with disabilities. Sferazo is a retired member of Ironworkers Local 361 whose lungs were scarred by toxic dust as he worked in the bombed-out devastation of the World Trade Centers after September 11, 2001. Today, he is working to transform a parcel of land in Maine known as Owen’s Marsh into a therapeutic center for veterans, firefighters, police officers, and other first-responders with disabilities.

“John Sferazo is a hero. As an advocate for the disabled he has devoted his energies to repaying those who have sacrificed on our behalf,” said Raia. “I am proud to count John as a friend and I salute his brave commitment to disability awareness with this much-deserved Excelsior Award.”