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The 8th Annual New York Golf Classic

The 8th Annual New York Golf Classic took place on Monday, August 5, 2013, at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack, N.Y.

Our Honorees

Maria A. Grasso

Maria A. Grasso joined Flushing Financial Corporation in 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2007, she was elected Corporate Secretary. Ms. Grasso is responsible for managing the Retail Bank, Ethnic Markets, Business Banking, Government Banking, Internet Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and back office operations of the Bank.

Prior to joining Flushing Financial, she held the title of Senior Vice President and Division Head of The Bank of New York for Long Island and Queens, overseeing an organization that served the personal and small business banking needs of customers throughout 102 branches.

Ms. Grasso has been in the banking business for over 25 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan after graduating from Hofstra University with a BBA in Finance. She went on to receive her MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University in 1989.

Charitable organizations have benefited from Ms. Grasso’s leadership and support. An advocate of volunteerism, she has volunteered for the March of Dimes, Long Island Care, Bias Help of Long Island, Women’s Fund of Long Island, the American Cancer Society, Long Island Association for AIDS Care and Long Island Network of Community Services. In addition, she has raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum and the YMCA of Long Island. Ms. Grasso has been active in the Commack School District with roles on the PTA and various school committees and athletic events.

In addition to her numerous awards and recognitions, Ms. Grasso is currently an executive board member for Long Island’s United Way and a former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association. She is also a cabinet member of the Commack PTA Council and a recipient of its Founder’s Day Award.

Gregory M. LaSpina

Gregory M. LaSpina is a Trial Attorney with 30 years of expertise in personal injury labor law and insurance law cases. Mr. LaSpina has previously served on the trial defense team for Dow Chemical in the Agent Orange litigation and as pro bono counsel to the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

He is a Senior Partner of Borchert, Genovesi, and LaSpina, P.C. The firm also specializes in commercial, real estate and election law.

In addition to handling personal injury cases, Mr. LaSpina serves as an Arbitrator and Mediator in liability coverage disputes and as Referee, Counsel, Guardian, Receiver and Court Evaluator in court-appointed cases for the Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts in Kings, Queens and Nassau Counties.

Additionally, Mr. LaSpina serves on the Advisory Boards of the LIU-Post Paralegal Studies Institute and the Adelphi University School of Nursing.

He has been married to Linda LaSpina since 1984, and they are parents to two daughters, Jenna (24) and Laura (21). They are longtime residents of Glen Head, Long Island, where he is active in community civic affairs and various sports programs.

Mr. LaSpina is an appointed member of the New York State Independent Judicial Election Qualifications Commission, Second Judicial District, and a member in good standing of the Supreme Court Committees for the Brooklyn and Queens County Bar Associations, American Trial Lawyers Association and Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau, Inc. He is Past President of the Confederation of Columbian Lawyers Associations, Past President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn and Past President of the Columbian Lawyers association of Brooklyn. He speaks at both professional and lay forums and is a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lecturer on tort-related subjects.

Assemblyman James Conte (1959 - 2013, In Memoriam)

James D. Conte, a Republican, spent 24 years in public service representing the residents of the 10th Assembly District. He was known for his zealous advocacy for organ donation, his active constituent services on behalf of taxpayers, and for battling the bureaucratic red tape at the federal, state, and local levels.

A two-time kidney transplant recipient, he was one of the legislature’s leading advocates in promoting organ and tissue donation and authored several laws to increase organ donation in the state, the most recent being Leadra’s Law. He helped create a Gift of Life Trust Fund, a statewide organ donor registry and the organ donor license plate. Mr. Conte made a personal commitment to champion the cause for greater awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation.

In October 1997, he was appointed by Governor Pataki to the New York State Transplant Council. The Council advises the Commissioner of Health on matters relating to organ procurement organizations (OPOs), banks, and storage facilities, and other issues relating to the procurement, storage, allocation, distribution, and transplantation of
organs and tissue. He was reappointed in 2001. In February 2005, he was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN). He also served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Donation.

Mr. Conte is survived by his wife, the former Debra Ingalls, a pharmacist, and three children: Sarah Ashley, a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Manhattan College; Jeffrey James, a sophomore at Manhattan College; and Samantha Irene, a freshman at Huntington High School.

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