MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Regina “Gina” Aurisicchio has been nominated by the Town Board to be Carmel/Mahopac’s representative for the New York State Senate’s 40th District’s Women of Distinction honor.

Aurisicchio is a small business owner, community supporter, wife, mother and cancer survivor, having fought and overcome both breast and colon cancer. 

She was presented with the award by state Sen. Terrence Murphy during a ceremony Monday night at Mt. Kisco Elementary School.

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Aurisicchio is the owner of Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room in Carmel, an establishment that aims to transport patrons back in time to a place of elegance and freedom from modern technology and the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. 

Aurisicchio was also honored last week by the Town Board and presented with a framed proclamation extolling her nomination as a Woman of Distinction. Supervisor Ken Schmitt lauded Aurisicchio for her voluntarism.

She volunteers her time with St. James the Apostle Church, the Mahopac School District, Kennedy Catholic School, the Mahopac Sports Association and her rosary group. She is also a Community Cares board member, a member of the Putnam County Women’s Alliance, the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce, and the Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association.

Aurisicchio is also a Point of Light Award recipient, Relay for Life Top Fundraiser, and St. James the Apostle Volunteer of the Year.

“We felt she goes above and beyond for the town,” Schmitt said. “We could not think of anyone more deserving. She loves this community and has spent her entire life. We are so proud to have her represent us.”

Her husband is Dr. Louis Aurisicchio, a gastroenterologist, with whom she has three children.

The proclamation given to Aurisicchio by the Town Board read as follows:

“Whereas Regina ‘Gina’ Aurisicchio is a longtime resident of the Town of Carmel, where she resides with her husband Louis, and their three children, Anna, Louis Jr. and Michael and

“Whereas Regina ‘Gina’ Aurisicchio, a cancer survivor, wanted to give back to her community by helping and supporting others, and has been recognized for her good works as the recipient of the Point of Light award, Relay for Life Top Fundraiser, and St. James the Apostle Volunteer of the Year, and

“Whereas ‘Gina’ has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues as well as the many residents of the community and is recognized for her commitment to the Town of Carmel and today the Town of Carmel celebrates her generous deeds.

“Now therefore be it resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Carmel gratefully acknowledges Regina ‘Gina’ Aurisicchio for her service and dedication to the residents of the Town of Carmel and proudly nominates Regina Aurisicchio as the 2016 NYS Senate 40th District Woman of Distinction, and proclaims Regina ‘Gina’ Aurisicchio to be an outstanding citizen and friend and hereby awarded this proclamation.”

“These accomplished women come from all walks of life and have excelled in areas such as business, education, the arts, health care and emergency services,” Murphy said of this year’s Women of Distinction nominees. “They selflessly serve their communities as volunteers, asking nothing in return. Their reward is helping to make the Hudson Valley a better place to live. They are role models for the next generation of young women and have been instrumental in helping their communities grow and prosper.”