Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and members of the Town Board were joined by the families and friends of two former councilmembers as they named Hempstead Town’s two marinas in Point Lookout in memory of Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Councilman Curtis Fisher.
The first dedication took place at the East Marina, which was renamed, the “Angie M. Cullin East Marina.” Councilwoman Cullin, who passed away in January of this year, became the first woman to serve on the Hempstead Town Board in 1987. She made history once again in 1993 when she became Hempstead Town’s first female Receiver of Taxes. When councilmanic districts were established for Hempstead Town, she returned to her roots and became the first representative for District 5 which serves areas including Point Lookout, Bellmore and Lido Beach and parts of Baldwin, Freeport, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh.
A dedicated community volunteer, Councilwoman Cullin was active with nearly every organization in her hometown of Freeport. She was also involved with AHRC, 1 in 9 Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Committee on Italian Migration, Father Peter Sweisgood House for substance abuse, the Salvation Army and more.
“Angie Cullin put her heart and soul into all that she did. Though small in stature, Councilwoman Cullin was a giant in every other way,” said Santino. “It is only appropriate that we dedicate the East Marina to Angie in one of the communities that she represented so proudly.”
Councilwoman Cullin was the proud mother of Thomas, Jeffrey, Patrick and the late Richard, mother-in-law to Carol, Kandee, Delcia and Linda and a devoted grandmother to Nikolas, Patrick, Lisa, Sean and Ella Grace.
Immediately following the first ceremony, West Marina was dedicated as the “Curtis E. Fisher West Marina” in memory of the late councilman, who died in March 2016. Growing up during the civil rights movement when advancement for African Americans included significant obstacles, Curtis Fisher worked tirelessly, graduated from Malverne High School and became the first student in Hofstra University’s Negro Opportunities Program in 1964. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in business from Hofstra University and then continued on to earn a dual master’s in special education and elementary education from the university. He later continued his studies to obtain a professional diploma in education administration from LIU Post. Curtis used his education and experience to help others. In his “first career”, he worked as a special education teacher and basketball coach in Roosevelt and then went on to become an assistant principal in the Uniondale School District and principal in the Bellport and Hempstead School Districts. Curtis mentored many young people as a volunteer coach through the years.
Curtis’ “second career” was one of public service. He began as an executive assistant to the Hempstead Town Board before becoming the first African American Hempstead Town Board member in 1993. Following his service as a Town Board member, he became a distinguished Deputy County Executive and, subsequently, the Commissioner of the town’s Planning and Economic Development Department. As Planning and Economic Development Commissioner, Curtis was able to help people obtain affordable homes, worked to redevelop impacted downtowns and more.
“Throughout his careers in both education and government, Curtis’ primary role was always to assist others,” said Santino. “He was a mentor and friend to so many and we wanted to commemorate his legacy in a meaningful way.”
In addition to being an educator and government official, Curtis was a devoted husband to Dr. Marilyn Robertson, a loving father to Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Christian and Rachael, father-in-law to Landa, Kathryn and Leon Jr. and a cherished grandfather to Leon and Rachael.
“By renaming these marinas, we are acknowledging the impact that Councilwoman Cullin and Councilman Fisher had on our township. They both broke down barriers and helped provide opportunities for others,” concluded Santino.