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JNEWS: Celano, Fino [MC1985] Superintendent Herricks



Herricks Selects New School Superintendent
Dr. Fino Celano to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth.
By Adina Genn (Patch Staff) December 17, 2014 at 10:05am
Herricks Selects New School Superintendent

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Submitted by the Herricks School District Board of Education

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The Herricks Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Fino Celano as the successor of retiring Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth. Dr. Celano’s resume is impeccable.

Dr. Celano graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1978, earned his Master of Arts in Reading Education in 1985 from Manhattan College, attended Hofstra University to earn his Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration in 1990, and in 2009 received his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University.

He began his teaching career in 1978 in Poughkeepsie and then in the Bronx. In 1985 he became a teacher at Calhoun High School, where he was later selected to be Assistant Principal at Grand Avenue Middle, in the same district and eventually Principal in 1997.

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Dr. Celano’s additional Professional and Development Highlights include the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Leadership: An Evolving Vision, Cornell University ILR School, Effective Collective Bargaining Skills and Strategies, Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation (LEAF) and Supporting and Sustaining Instructional Leadership Workshops, 2013-14.

Besides his impressive credentials, what attracted us most were his thoughtful and genuine concerns for students and their educational needs. His warm hearted and intelligent responses to the many questions asked by the Board were met with agreement and common beliefs for a goal oriented plan for Herricks. While all the prospective candidates were of impeccable character and ability, Dr. Celano has the intelligence, temperament and personality that the students, residents and staff members have come to expect from our school leadership team.

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Celano, Fino [MC1985]

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JFOUND: Dilluvio, Tony [MC1985] Aqua Turf co-owner


Tony Dilluvio, Managing Partner

A lifelong resident of Westchester County, Tony attended Briarcliff High School. After receiving a degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, Tony spent ten years working as a staff engineer for Union Carbide. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position as a superintendent of heavy and highway construction. It was here that Tony gained years of experience coordinating and managing service crews as he was responsible for overseeing the construction of bridges in and around NY City. With a growing interest in sales and a passion for technology, Tony went to work selling chemical process software for Aspen Tech. His experience there allowed him to get involved in the Irrigation business as a salesmen and designer for Aqua Turf. He became a co-owner in 2003.

As a co-owner, Tony handles sales and operations for Aqua Turf. He designs and oversees the installation of every project, irrigation or lighting. After meeting with customers and evaluating their specific needs and concerns, Tony uses his education and experiences as an engineer to create custom solutions. Servicing the unique needs of over 3500 clients, he has designed pump systems, large scale water features, rainwater harvesting systems, and smart irrigation solutions. With a passion for technological innovation, and careful attention to conservation, Tony’s designs are simple and efficient.

Tony has always maintained that the most important thing in this business is customer satisfaction. That is why he is involved in every step of the process. While initial consultation and excellent design are certainly important, it is ultimately the installation and functionality of the system that matters most. Tony works closely with his installation crews and service technicians to make sure the company’s promise is delivered and the customer receives exactly what they want. Understanding that irrigation concerns must be responded to with a sense of urgency, especially during the summer months, Tony answers phone calls and replies to emails after hours and on weekends.

Aqua Turf
6 Westchester Plaza, Suite 142
Elmsford, NY 10523
Tel: (914) 345-1350

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Dilluvio, Tony [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that (Anthony) Tony is a member of the Class of 1985.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dilluvio, Tony [MC1985]

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JNEWS: Banks, John [MC1985] Real Estate Board of New York president



Con Edison admin appointed next Real Estate Board of New York president

By Liam La Guerre | lguerre@queenscourier.com |

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A top Con Edison exec and former City Council chief of staff will take the helm as the next president of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the organization announced Tuesday.

John Banks, vice president of government relations at Con Edison, will officially begin his new position next year after the current president, Steven Spinola, steps down.

Spinola, who has lead the association for three decades as its longest-serving president, believes Banks is a solid choice for the future of REBNY.

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Banks, John  [MC1985]

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JLINKEDIN: Keaveney, Michael [MC1985] ATC Specialist at FAA



Keaveney, Michael [MC1985]
Air Traffic Control Specialist at FAA
Port Jefferson, New York  

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JLINKEDIN: Ferrante, Frank [MC1985] Eastern European Equity Trader at T-3 Proprietary Trading



Ferrante, Frank [MC1985]
Eastern European Equity Trader at T-3 Proprietary Trading Group / Russian Sales
Red Bank, New Jersey   
Financial Services

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JFOUND: Ceruss, Thomas F. (MC1985) Cerussi & Spring, P.C.




Born New York, New York, October 9, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1990, New Jersey, Connecticut and U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; 2010, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.

Education: Manhattan College (B.A., 1985); Hofstra University (J.D., 1988).

Assistant District Attorney, Westchester County, 1988-1990. Member: Westchester County and American Bar Associations; New York State Trial Lawyers Association; The Defense Research Institute, Inc; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Member, Council on Litigation Management.

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Ceruss, Thomas F. (MC1985)

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JFOUND: Desmarais, John [MC1985] Partner Desmarais LLP




John Desmarais, Partner

Admissions & Qualifications

1989, New York
1989, District of Columbia
United States District Court in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


New York University School of Law, J.D., 1988
Manhattan College, B.Ch.E., 1985, magna cum laude, Chemical Engineering Medal

Professional Profile

John Desmarais is the founding partner of Desmarais LLP. After practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling for several years at Fish & Neave, in 1992, he left private practice to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where for three years he tried criminal jury trials for the federal government. After leaving the government, Mr. Desmarais returned to Fish & Neave and to the practice of intellectual property litigation. In 1997, he joined the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis as a partner. From 2004-2009, he served as a member of Kirkland’s Firm Management Committee. After 13 years at Kirkland, in 2010, Mr. Desmarais left to found Desmarais LLP, an Intellectual Property trial boutique that specializes in jury trials and alternative fee structures.

Mr. Desmarais’s $1.5 billion win for Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft resulted in one of the largest plaintiff’s jury verdicts in a patent infringement action. This win has been profiled in the following articles: “Microsoft Hit With $1.52 Billion Verdict in MP3 Suit,” The Wall Street Journal; “MP3 Patents In Upheaval After Verdict,” The New York Times; “Microsoft Loses Music Patent Case,” The Los Angeles Times; and “Microsoft Loses Big in MP3 Patent Suit,” The Washington Post; “Practice Makes Perfect for These Hot Litigators”, in The National Law Journal; and “B2B Takes on a Whole New Meaning” in The National Law Journal. Additionally, Mr. Desmarais was quoted in “This Verdict Made Jaws Drop”, in The National Law Journal’s profile of the top 100 verdicts of 2007.

On the defense side, Mr. Desmarais has secured defense verdicts in three of the Districts in the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall, Tyler and Sherman). For instance, most recently Mr. Desmarais defended Cisco against Virnetx in a jury trial in Tyler, Texas, on four VPN-related patents. After a five day trial, the jury found that none of Cisco’s products infringed any Virnetx patents. Intellectual Property, Fall 2013, ‘Trolling for Respect’.

Mr. Desmarais was quoted in “The Road Less Traveled”, in the America Lawyer’s “Taming Texas” cover story, which referred to his two recent defense jury verdicts in the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall and Sherman). Mr. Desmarais was quoted regarding the Charter Communications jury trial victory in “For a Litigator on a Streak, There’s a Science to Winning,” The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Desmarais was quoted in “What Now for the USPTO’s Rules on Continuations?” in Managing Intellectual Property, Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008, reporting on his success in obtaining an injunction against the PTO’s proposed new patent rules.

Mr. Desmarais’s win for Infineon Technologies AG, was featured in “Same Facts – Different Stories” from the March 2006 edition of The American Lawyer. His success was also profiled in Fortune, “A Hot Stock’s Dirty Secret,” Vol. 144, No. 1, Pg. 106, July 9, 2001. That article quotes some of Mr. Desmarais’s key cross-examination and concludes that: “During the trial Rambus’ lawyers were outmaneuvered at every turn by a team from the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis.” Additionally, Mr. Desmarais was quoted regarding the Rambus case in the following articles: “A Fatal Paper Cut Ends Rambus’s Case,” The American Lawyer; “Claim Against Infineon Tossed,” Richmond Times-Dispatch; “Rambus Is Ordered by Jury to Pay $3.5 Million to Infineon Over Patents,” The Wall Street Journal; and “California-Based Chip Designer Rambus Found Guilty of Fraud in Patent Case,” San Jose Mercury News. This case was also featured in the monthly “Deals & Suits” column in Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Desmarais’s work on behalf of Verizon Wireless and several other cellular service providers was selected as Defense Verdict of the Week by The National Law Journal. The article is entitled “Company Loses $271 Million Claim Over Wireless Patents.”

Mr. Desmarais was selected by Intellectual Property Asset Management (IAM) magazine as one of the top 50 individuals, companies and institutions that have helped shape the IP market over the past eight years. IAM Magazine, “The Players,” Issue 50, November/December 2011.

IAM Magazine also selected Mr. Desmarais in its IAM 250, “The World’s Leading IP Strategists,” 2011.

Mr. Desmarais and his firm were profiled by the American Lawyer Media Intellectual Property Magazine in Spring 2011 in “Back to Basics.”

Mr. Desmarais was selected as the 2012 New York City Litigation Patent Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America (2012), 18th Edition.

Mr. Desmarais was selected by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as U.S. Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year 2008. He was selected by National Law Journal’s “Winning Section” in 2007 in “Hand Signals Work.” He was selected by the American Lawyer for “45 Under Forty-Five: The Rising Stars of the Private Bar.” He was selected as one of the 7 best IP trial lawyers in the IP Worldwide article, “The Magnificent Seven, IP’s Best Young Trial Lawyers.” He was also recognized as one of the most successful young litigators in America in The National Law Journal’s “40 Under 40, A Look at Some of the Most Successful Young Litigators in America.” The path towards his career as a Kirkland IP litigator was profiled in the IP Worldwide article, “IP Litigation Makes Desmarais a Happy Guy.”

Each year since 2003, Chambers and Partners, publishers of the world-famous guides to law firms and lawyers, distinguishes Mr. Desmarais as “the best of the best” for intellectual property in both Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers. Chambers notes that Mr. Desmarais “enjoys an outstanding reputation as a hard-nosed warrior with ‘great legal acumen.’“

Mr. Desmarais was featured in both “Young and Hungry”, an article about the American Lawyer’s 2008 IP Litigation Department of the Year, and in “Top Guns”, an article about the American Lawyer’s Litigation Department of the Year for 2008. Mr. Desmarais was featured in “Medically Devised,” an article about the America Lawyer’s 2006 IP Litigation Department of the Year. Additionally, Mr. Desmarais was mentioned in “Long-Term Sluggers,” also a feature on the American Lawyer’s 2003 IP Litigation Department of the Year.

Mr. Desmarais was profiled by The Journal News on April 2, 2003 in the article, “Chappaqua’s Desmarais Defends Trademarks and High-Tech Patents.”

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Desmarais, John [MC1985]

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