Bridge over Northern State named for Manhasset civic chief

In life, Matthew Falcone, a Marine veteran and civic chief, had a knack for constructing bridges throughout communities and now, one on the Northern State Parkway will bear his title.

On Saturday afternoon in Manhasset, the place Falcone resided for 48 years, State. Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) and Assemb. Gina Sillitti (D-Port Washington) held a ceremony at Mary Janes Davies Park honoring Falcone for his lifetime of service as over 100 mates, relations and officers regarded on.

A number of audio system emphasised his selfless spirit.

Falcone died in September 2020 of COVID-19 issues. He earned the moniker “Mr. Manhasset” for his contributions and participation with varied teams, together with the Knights of Columbus, Manhasset Neighborhood Membership, Church of Saint Mary and the Kiwanis Membership. He was additionally previous president of the Marine Corps League’s Manhasset detachment and American Legion Submit 304.

Kaplan and Sillitti sponsored a regulation final yr that handed and allowed for the designation of the “Lance Corporal Matthew A. Falcone Memorial Bridge” which carries Shelter Rock Highway over the parkway in North Hills. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums performed “Superb Grace” and the “Marines’  Hymn” when the signal was unveiled on the park. 

And now, 1000’s of individuals shall be reminded of his legacy every day, Kaplan mentioned. 
“He believed in issues for the group, it wasn’t about him, it was initially for the group. He needed to work with anybody to make this group a greater place,” Kaplan instructed the group, recalling their first introduction in 2011, when he referred to as involved about American flags not being displayed alongside Plandome Highway that Memorial Day.

“I went to work and made positive the flags had been there they usually had been there on time,” Kaplan mentioned.

Each Memorial Day up till a yr earlier than he died, Falcone made it a degree to trek as much as Pinelawn Memorial Park with American Legion Submit 304 veterans and the native Boy Scouts, to verify a flag was positioned on each grave, mentioned his buddy Bruce Marsanico, additionally a veteran.

Falcone enlisted within the Marines when he was roughly 18 years previous and served from 1957 to 1959. It was a life-changing expertise that gave him a way of responsibility and satisfaction.

“It was all the time regulation and order in our family. He saved us transferring ahead,” mentioned his solely daughter, Denise Cestone, who attended the occasion together with her daughter and husband. “He all the time instilled in us, get entangled, make a distinction.”

“He enlisted, he went and it simply saved him,” mentioned Cestone, including that he was stationed in Parris Island, South Carolina, and was accountable for provides. After he was honorably discharged, he juggled work and faculty and ultimately graduated with a level in electrical engineering, a profession that might span 65 years.

Nevertheless it was his robust sense of giving again that his family and friends hope to perpetually keep on.

“He would attend all the affairs, the conferences, no matter he needed to do and he instilled in all people, let’s work collectively, let’s not be in competitors,” Marsanico mentioned.

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