At its annual meeting June 1, The Garden City Historical Society installed its officers and members of the board.
The Society welcomed incoming president Albert Intreglia and vice president Mary Mahoney. Continuing their service to the Society are treasurer Tom Rechner and secretary Gloria Jones. Mayor Don Brudie swore in the officers; first deputy mayor John Watras administered the oath of office to the Society’s board members.
Albert Intreglia has been a member of the Society since 2005 and joined the board in 2008. He currently chairs the Society’s St. Paul’s Committee, working to bring community awareness to the merits of the restoration of the St. Paul's Main Building. He has served as building chair, overseeing repairs and maintenance of the Museum, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House,” and its grounds.
He has helped facilitate several Eagle Scout projects that have benefited the Museum site, and among other contributions, has worked at all six of the annual A.T. Stewart flea markets, introducing Cornelia’s Café and Confectionary.
He was instrumental in initiating the first Historical Society scholarship, awarded to a deserving Garden City High School senior. Following a career in banking and finance, he is employed by Portledge School in Locust Valley.
A 43-year resident, Mary Mahoney joined the Historical Society board in 2003. Mahoney has helped the Society update documentation of archival items and membership listings by spearheading the purchase of Museum quality computer software. She has worked on the Society’s December “Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes,” the A.T. Stewart flea market, the combined Historical Society and Chamber Foundation fundraising event, and the Garden Tours.
Thirty-plus year resident and past volunteer of the Society, Tom Rechner enjoys following the history of Long Island through reading, lectures and travel. As he learned more about his hometown, he offered to take the position of treasurer where he could help develop the Society’s mission.
Secretary Gloria Jones joined the Historical Society board in 2005. She’s a longtime resident who recognizes the importance of preserving Garden City’s history and raising awareness among young people and residents about our shared heritage.
“The Historical Society is a very meaningful component of this village,” remarked Mayor Brudie, “and has taken steps to preserve its history as no other organization in our great village has done.”
Referencing the early days of the Society, Brudie continued, “One of the first and probably most meaningful projects was the placement of some 48 Alexander T. Stewart buildings on the National Register of Historic Places—how very crucial to the preservation of our village history and heritage.”
In 1978, members of the then three-year-old Historical Society were successful in their efforts to have the Cathedral of The Incarnation, St. Paul's School, St. Mary’s School and other original structures in Garden City placed on the register as a component called, the “A.T. Stewart-era Buildings.”
Mayor Brudie acknowledged outgoing president Brian Pinnola “for all he has given and accomplished during his tenure as president.” Pinnola served the Society as its leader for eight years, during which time he lead the acquisition of funding and completion of major repairs and restoration of The Garden City Historical Society’s A.T. Stewart-era structure, culminating in receipt of a Certificate of Occupancy from the Garden City Building Department. The building had been in disrepair and sustained damage following its historic move from Fifth Street to its present location at 109 Eleventh Street in July 1988.
In September 2005, under Pinnola’s leadership, the Society opened the structure as The Garden City Historical Society Museum. In spring 2006 following the first successful A.T. Stewart flea market, the A. T. Stewart Exchange, a consignment shop, was established under the direction of board member Kris Harder. Over the past three years, Pinnola has been an ardent advocate and leader in the preservation and rehabilitation of St. Paul’s School, and will continue to be an active board member of the Society.
The Historical Society presented Pinnola with a plaque denoting his service, and purchased a brick to be placed in his honor in the Society’s commemorative brick pathway at the Museum. The program also included recognition of outgoing vice president Joe Stanco, one of the longest tenured members of the Society’s board, for his many years of service. Stanco will also remain as an active board member.