December 08, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Left to right: Dr. David Kennett, president of Mount Saint
Mary College; Michael J. Horodyski, president and CEO of Wallkill
Valley Federal Savings and Loan Association; Joseph Lepore,
president of LCS Companies of New York, Inc.; and Charles Frank,
chair of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of
Mount Saint Mary College honored Joseph Lepore, president of LCS
Companies of New York, Inc., and Michael J. Horodyski, president
and CEO of Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan Association, at
the Seventh Annual Gala Reception on Friday, December 2.
More than 260 guests attended the event, held at the Kaplan
Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center. Honorees
received the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence,
which recognizes individuals whose professional accomplishments and
approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality,
concern for neighbors, and shared prosperity that have exemplified
the career and character of restaurateur Joseph A. Bonura. The
local businessman owns Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, the
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, and more.
Joseph A. Bonura, businessman and restaurateur
According to Mount Saint Mary College president Dr. David
Kennett, funds raised will enable the college to provide an
affordable, values-based education to thousands of deserving
students, many of whom are among the first in their families to
“I feel very humble to be honored tonight,” honoree Lepore said.
“I look around this room and see all of you here tonight, and I
know I’m blessed.”
When he was 15 years old, Lepore and his family immigrated to
the United States from Italy, settling in Flushing, Queens. Now he
owns LCS Companies, which employs more than 200 people.
“Some people say the American Dream no longer exists. I
disagree,” said Lepore. “I am the American Dream. My family came
here to this country for a better life…If you work hard, if you
have the drive and the passion, and take any challenge in whatever
you do, you’ll be rewarded.”
Lepore shares the American Dream with his employees, having
assisted several of them in purchasing homes in the City of
Poughkeepsie. The Poughkeepsie Journal recently named Lepore
“Business Person of the Year.”
He is a member of the Anderson Center for Autism Board of
Directors. He and his company have sponsored functions for Northern
Dutchess Hospital, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, The American
Heart Association, and the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce
Foundation, among others.
Honoree Horodyski of Highland, N.Y. has spent the last 19 years
working in community banks within the greater Hudson Valley area.
He joined Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan as an Executive
Vice President in July 2009 and has been the President and CEO
since January 2011.
Horodyski thanked his family and his employer for molding him
into the person he is today.
“This is quite a humbling experience for me,” Horodyski
explained. “I can’t thank you enough. It’s been a great ride at
Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan…this is an award that
truly I share with everyone there.”
He added, “Mount Saint Mary College is a beacon of hope in
Newburgh. It’s a spoke in the wheel that will continue to move
Horodyski currently serves or has served on the Board of
Directors and/or committees for a number of professional and
community organizations such as St. Augustine’s PTA, the Town of
Lloyd Town Board, the Town of Lloyd Revolving Loan Fund, First
Monetary Mutual, Emerald Corporate Center, Walkway Over the Hudson,
and the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency.
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