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Catholic Charities’ Vincent Ignizio Is Among The Top 50 Most Influential People In Staten Island

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

In Fact, He Scored #3!


Catholic Charities Community Services of Staten Island CEO Vincent Ignizio

The New York City based City & State political journalism magazine named Catholic Charities Community Services of Staten Island CEO Vincent Ignizio as NUMBER 3 of the TOP  50 most influential Staten Island people during a roast held at Snug Harbor restaurant on September 15.  This honor was part of the magazine’s “Borough Series" that showcases the five boroughs’ political landscape and future. Then, just five days later on November 20, City & State moved north to the Bronx where it wined and dined key lawmakers, labor leaders, business executives along with Catholic Charities and many from our affiliated agencies at a meet, greet and congratulatory event held at the Hard Rock Café in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. 

That City & State honored Mr. Ignizio, former City Council minority leader for eight years before stepping down – or up as we see it – comes as little surprise to many in this suburban island floating amid our urban city.  After all, Catholic Charities’ century-long history of success providing help and hope to those in need combined with Mr. Ignizio’s personal achievements are well known. On top of that, as City & State points out, 55-percent of Staten Islanders identify as Catholic as compared to other borough where more than 55-percent say they practice no religion at all.     

But Catholic Charities serves non-Catholics and Catholics alike.  So, regardless of religious demographics, Catholic Charities stood out for honors in the magazine’s Bronx Borough Series as well.  Similar to our work in Staten Island, Catholic Charities has served and celebrated Bronx residents for generations. 

Our latest initiatives include:

  • a food hub in the South Bronx that distributes food to smaller food pantries throughout the borough
  • an expansion of our onsite immigration services and support for day laborers
  • additional contributions to affordable housing by converting the former site of St. Augustine Church into nearly 100 affordable units.

Read City & State’s latest issue and check out Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan’s editorial on page 25 for his insights on our city’s past and future.