October 2, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 163 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO BUDDY SCOTTO; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 163
(Extensions of Remarks - October 02, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1359] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO BUDDY SCOTTO ______ HON. NYDIA M. VELAZQUEZ of new york in the house of representatives Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Ms. VELAZQUEZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Buddy Scotto, a longtime friend, community member and local leader from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. For decades, Buddy's commitment to serving the community he loves has led many neighbors and friends to nickname him as the unofficial Mayor of Carroll Gardens. Buddy's family came to Carroll Gardens as Italian immigrants to Brooklyn. The family quickly became known in the community as they started a funeral-home business, a wine business, and later, four movie theaters. After graduating from the original St. Francis College, Buddy served in the Korean War. When his parents were nearing retirement, Buddy returned home to obtain his Funeral Directors License. When many of his peers were leaving Brooklyn for suburbs in Long Island, Buddy's deep sense of connection to Brooklyn and care for his community led him to become a champion for local causes. Among his many areas of advocacy, Buddy has fought for affordable housing for seniors and low-income families, while also advocating to clean up the Gowanus Canal. In 1971, he founded the Carroll Gardens Association which helps advocate for affordable housing and local business growth. In 1978, Buddy founded the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation, a non-profit focused on revitalizing the canal, organizing public meetings and expanding affordable housing. He also helped found the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, an important anchor for the community. On the very special occasion of his 90th birthday this year, I would like to thank Buddy for everything he has done and continues to do for the Carroll Gardens community. The neighborhood would not be the same without him. ____________________