Paul Muratore awarded the 2016 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service AwardDec. 1, 2016 - Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, along with the County Youth Board and the Youth Bureau, recognized Paul Muratore with the 2016 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award, which honors an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a commitment to serving youth and families. Muratore was presented with the award during a ceremony in the County Office Building.

“The Rosemarie Siragusa Award recognizes dedicated residents who give back to our youth in the true spirit of community service,” Astorino said. “Paul Muratore embodies the spirit of this award by giving so generously of his time and energy to help young men in foster care by providing them the tools they need to succeed in life.”

Muratore was nominated by the Children’s Village for his 31 years of volunteer work with the organization. This past April, Muratore partnered with the Children’s Village to establish Connections, a one-on-one, long-term mentoring support program that helps young men, ages 15 to 25, to transition from foster care situations to become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities.

“I'm honored to receive the 2016 Siragusa Award,” Muratore said. “I started Connections because I believe every child needs a caring adult in their lives. I have been amazed at the response I am receiving—from people who are willing to spend time with struggling teens, people who want to donate to help us, and organizations offering to provide internships, workshops and other services to help the kids succeed. I feel that they all should share this award with me.”

A resident of Briarcliff Manor with his wife, Joi, Muratore is the chairman of the SAG/AFTRA Pension and Health Plan, as well as the retired president and CEO of Talent Partners.
The Rosemarie Siragusa Award is presented each year in memory of the founder and chairwoman of the Westchester County Youth Board. For over 25 years, Siragusa volunteered as an advocate for youth, particularly in the area of education. She was involved in the local, county and state levels of the PTA, and served as president of the Yonkers Council of PTAs. Siragusa also served on the Yonkers Board of Education.

Photo Caption: County Executive Robert P. Astorino, right, awards the Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award to Paul Muratore of Briarcliff Manor, center, during a ceremony in the County Office Building on November 30. Also pictured is Joi Muratore, left.