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Canastota brings about honors of distinction

Sgroi was born and raised in Canastota. He attained his mechanical engineering degree from Syracuse University in 1941 and shortly after, he graduated from Columbia University with his master's degree in industrial engineering and management. Sgroi is credited for removing several natural disaster issues in Cranford, such as chronic flooding. He also promoted the installation of a pumping station for the Upper Northeast Quadrant of the township which now bears the name, Gregory A. Sgroi Pumping Station.

"It's quite an honor in my engineering career," Sgroi said. "This is from my high school, where I my education really began."

Joined by his wife Dorothy, children and some grandchildren, town of Lenox Supervisor DiVeronica was "honored" to receive this award form his community. DiVeronica said he remembered when Wall of Distinction Chairperson Tornatore was announcing the other inductees, and how "surprised" he was to hear that he would also be honored.

"I didn't even think of it," DiVeronica said. "He [Tornatore] told me the nominee was from the class of '55, and I thought, 'hey maybe I know him.'"

DiVeronica has served as supervisor since 1988 and also served the Madison County Board of Supervisors chairman for eight years. Honored by the surprise, DiVeronica said this honor means more than any other award he has received.

"I appreciate the honor, and I am the proudest of this award," DiVeronica said.

DiVeronica said that he thought about the speech he gave to the Canastota High School students earlier that day because he "believes the young people there are going to be the leaders." Learning from how his parents encouraged him to get involved in the community, DiVeronica said that he sees the same values in his fellow neighbors.

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