(left to right) Nanci Roden, Anthony Testaverde, Lori Zangla-Mohnlenhoff, Gil Lee, Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Frank Tramontano, Carmen Shouldis, Ilene Sacco, and Senator Golden.
Today Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) was joined by State Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), Assemblyman Ron Castorina (R,C,I-Staten Island), Councilman Joe Borelli (R,C,I-Staten Island), and Pat Ryan, District Director for Congressman Dan Donovan (R,C,I-NY-11) outside of her Staten Island and Brooklyn district offices for press conferences announcing their partnership with Blue Ribbons in support of the law enforcement community. The elected officials are making their district offices pick-up locations for blue ribbons, providing them free to local residents.
Blue Ribbons was founded by Carmen Shouldis, the mother of an NYPD officer, and Lori Ann Zangla-Mohlenhoff, the wife of an NYPD officer. The two women have been distributing blue ribbons to be tied around trees and lampposts to exhibit support for our police officers. The movement, which started on Staten Island has grown to 27 states and four additional countries, Brazil, Iceland, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Our police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our community and keep our families safe. This is a way to show them how much they are appreciated. Since posting a photo of the blue ribbon in front of my home on Facebook, I have received inquiries from constituents on where they can get one. We are announcing this partnership today so our offices can serve as blue ribbon pickup points, said Assemblywoman Malliotakis.
"Police officers risk their lives every day to protect my family and yours. They deserve our deep gratitude and public acknowledgement, said Congressman Donovan.
These blue ribbons will serve as a visual reminder of our communitys gratitude and respect for law enforcement. Each ribbon is a small token of our appreciation. Each ribbon honors all the brave men and women who each day put on the uniform and is ready to protect and serve this great city. Each ribbon says we pray that every police officer safely returns home to their families and loved ones. But sadly, some will not return home. Too many brave officers will pay the ultimate sacrifice and give their live in the line of the duty. For them, each ribbon says we will not forget you and we will not let your sacrifice be in vain, said Senator Golden. These blue ribbons say loud and clear that our community stands with our law enforcement community, respects the officers and supports their efforts to keep all of us safe. I encourage everyone to visit my district office to pick up a few blue ribbons to tie one in front of your home or place of business and join us as we say to the NYPD, our prayers are with you, we support you, we respect you and we thank you.
The brave men and women who protect us day in and day out deserve our up most respect and support. This is a small way we can show our police officers that we support them as they patrol our neighborhoods and keep us safe, said Assemblyman Castorina.
Im happy to support this initiative and proud that my office will be serving as a blue ribbon pickup location. Id like to give my thanks to Carmen Shouldis and Ann Zangla-Mohlenhoff for their unique efforts to honor our hardworking law enforcement officers and also for providing an opportunity for our community to show their strong support for the NYPD, said Councilman Borelli.
Blue Ribbons is a simple act with a powerful message. When law enforcement are out on patrol and see a blue ribbon, they will know that they are loved, supported, and respected. If law enforcement stops doing their job, where would we be? said Carmen Shouldis.
The contingent was also joined by Kate Cucco, Vice President of the 68th Precinct Community Council; Gil Lee, father of PO Kevin Lee who died in the line of duty; Nanci Roden, representing the Detective Russel Timoshenko Motorcycle Run; Ilene Sacco, former President of the 68th Precinct Community Council; Anthony Testaverde, NYPD veteran; and Frank Tramontano, Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the NYC PBA.
Ribbons will be available for pickup, free of charge, at each of their district offices:
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
11 Maplewood Place>br>Midland Beach, Staten Island State Senator Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
7408 Fifth Avenue, 1st Floor
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Congressman Dan Donovan
265 New Dorp Lane
New Dorp, Staten Island Assemblyman Ron Castorina
7001 Amboy Road, Suite 202E
Tottenville, Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli
2955 Veterans Road West, Suite 2E
Tottenville, Staten Island
(from left to right) Carmen Shouldis, Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Lori Ann Zangla-Mohlenhoff, Councilman Borelli, and Assemblyman Castorina.