Women For Singas

Front from left: Arda Haratunian, Charlene Prounis, Francesca Runge; back from left: Aline Khatchadourian, Theresa Erb McSweeney, Marie Pellegrino, Sue Grbic. Committee members missing: Barbara Kelly Vessa, Marie Pinckney and Marion Endrizzi

Motivated by historic election victories in November and inspired by neighbor and current Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, a group of Manhasset women have joined together for the purpose of engaging more women in local government and politics.

The non-partisan group’s first event, Women for Singas, will highlight Singas’ extraordinary record of successful prosecutions in only two years in office, and her aggressively addressing the broader issues affecting our communities and our families, among them, the opioid epidemic, guns, gangs, domestic violence and government corruption.

More specifically, under her leadership, the district attorney’s office captured the Northeast’s top MS-13 gang leader, has cracked down on drug trafficking and is tackling the heroin and opioid epidemic with a comprehensive three-pronged strategy of enforcement, treatment and prevention. Singas has also been invited to Washington, D.C., to discuss gun trafficking through the Iron Pipeline from Florida to New York.

“This isn’t about partisan politics or picking sides,” explained Charlene Prounis, the creator who brought the group together. “This is about knowing what’s going on in our community, understanding the issues, meeting the women who have the courage to serve in public office and supporting those we know are making our families safer.”

Prounis continued by explaining, “A driving force behind this initiative was hearing Madeline share a stunning and troubling fact: 85 percent of those who attend her fundraisers are men. This event is intended to change that and highlight the critical importance of women supporting women.”

In the last two years, women have made history in Nassau County. The county elected its first female county executive (Laura Curran) and first female state senator for district seven (Elaine Phillips), and two of three towns now have female supervisors (Judi Bosworth and Laura Gillen). This effort reflects the organizing group’s strong belief that women have a responsibility—to themselves, to their children, to their community—to keep this momentum going.

The first Women for Singas event will take place Wednesday, March 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at a private residence in Manhasset. Tickets begin at $100, which will go to “Friends of Madeline Singas” and support her future campaigns. For more information, visit www.madelinesingas.com/womenforsingas, email Kelsey at kmahan720@gmail.com or call 516-627-1367.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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