MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In a special ceremony held earlier this month, Sheriff Robert Langley and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recognized community members and businesses who went above and beyond during the pandemic to support the town and its residents.

In an outdoor ceremony, Langley presented certificates of appreciation to those whom he described as “community heroes.”

In a prepared statement, Langley said, “This past year has proven to be challenging. All of us have been touched by COVID in some way. Likely, none of us have not been touched by members of our caring neighborhood who have stepped up to give of themselves to make their community better.”

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Langley also thanked those who supported and continue to support the Sheriff’s Department during the COVID pandemic.

The sheriff gave special thanks to Mahopac resident Marianne Chalusian for her “tireless and generous” efforts during the pandemic and named her an “honorary deputy.”

Chalusian handed out t-shirts to the honorees during the ceremony with the slogan, “Show a little kindness” on them.

The certificate recipients were:

• Albana Morrone of Morrone’s Deli & Cafe

• Aracely and Phil Kuszel of Klazy Jax

• Benvenuto’s Restaurant

• Erin Lee Crowley of the Mask Makers Guild

• Lori Miley of Jim Smith Karate

• Mario Dinardo of Mario’s Wood-Fired Pizza Restaurant

• Tommy Bucci of Bucci Brothers Deli

• Dawn Jedicka

• Town Councilman Frank Lombardi

• Gerard Ahler

• Michael McDonald

• Nicole Barile Stern

• Uke Sejdiu

• Michael O’Brian

• Mark Anthony