Borough President James S. Oddo will award Diane Arneth with the 2020 Maniscalco Award via a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, June 30th. Those wishing to join in the virtual ceremony can do so on Borough Hall’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/statenislandusa or CTV Channel 37 (Fios) and Channel 1997 (Spectrum) at 7 p.m.
The Albert V. Maniscalco Community Service Award was established in 1986 in honor of the ninth borough president. Maniscalco's tenure from 1955 to 1965 saw the creation of the Greenbelt and the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The award celebrates the civic-mindedness and tireless energy of individuals or organizations that work to help community members in need and to make Staten Island a better place.
“Diane has been a staple in the community for decades, and a strong asset to Borough Hall when addressing the inequities of public health all over our borough,” said Borough President Oddo. “Because of her tireless efforts, Staten Islanders have access to improved community health resources, and we applaud the advancements Diane has made on behalf of thousands of our residents. We honor you today and want Staten Island to know all the good you have done.”
A lifelong Staten Islander, Ms. Arneth has been a tireless worker for community health and social justice. A founder of the Staten Island Teen Pregnancy Network in 1981 and the Staten Island AIDS Task Force in 1988, she served for 10 years as Board Chair of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness and led the initial Steering Committee for the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse initiative. She is a founding member of the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association, a trade association for local nonprofits, and served on its Board for six years, two as Board President.
Ms. Arneth has led Community Health Action of Staten Island (originally the Staten Island AIDS Task Force) for 32 years. Community Health Action (CHASI) now provides a wide array of health and social services for over 20,000 Staten Islanders annually. Under her guidance, the agency became a recognized community health leader and won the 2008 New York Times Nonprofit Award for Overall Management Excellence. In January 2015, she negotiated a successful affiliation with Brightpoint Health, a citywide provider of integrated health care for people challenged by health disparities and in 2018 was part of the Executive team at Brightpoint that executed a successful merger with Hudson River Health Care, now Sun River Health. She serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the NY State AIDS Advisory Council and a mayoral appointee to the Municipal Drug Strategy Council. In 2016, she was named a mayoral appointee to the Community Services Board which advises New York City on behavioral health issues. In October 2017, she received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize for her contributions to improving urban public health. While serving as the leader of the organization, Ms. Arneth received a BSN in nursing from Hunter College and an Executive MPA from Baruch College. She lives in West Brighton with her husband Robert Brown, and counts among her numerous blessings her daughter Clare, son-in-law Joel, and grandchildren Ella and Eamon.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to receive the 2020 Albert V. Maniscalco Community Service Award. My partnership with Borough President Oddo and his staff over the past eight years has been one of the most rewarding in terms of real and lasting benefits for our borough. So, I share this recognition of outstanding community service standing with them,” said Ms. Arneth.
Here are the past winners of the Maniscalco Award:
Richard E. Diamond, John L.F. Sipp, Norma D’Arrigo, Allan Weissglass, Martin Stallone, Roger E. Acker, Reverend Robert I. Gannon, Michael F. Manzulli, Michael J. Petrides, Marie G. Martino, Francis H. Powers, Susie-Hyun Sook Beidel, Brian Laline, Reverend Hattie Smith-Davis, Joseph V. Madory, Lou Caravone, Joe Valentin, Nancy Passeri, retired Borough Commander Anthony Marra, Reverend Terry Troia, Senator John J. Marchi, Wendy Pellegrino, Fred Ariemma, Joanne E. Gerenser, Ph.D., Dr. Chitoor S. Govindaraj, Kathryn Krause Rooney, the Siller Family, George and Maria Esposito, the Mannix Family, the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation, William A. Morris Jr., Lois and Richard Nicotra, Dee Vandenburg, Monsignor Peter G. Finn and Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 New York.