Legislator Anthony Piccirillo, R-Holbrook, of the 8th District selected Stondell for the annual honor. Every year, legislators name a Woman of Distinction for each of their 18 districts.
Piccirillo said Stondell works tirelessly within the community to advocate for and on behalf of veterans. Stondell is the current president of New York State AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and president of Holbrook AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post. She belongs to the Patriot Guard Riders and Calverton National Cemetery’s Support Committee.
“Debbie is a wonderful person who is always looking to help our community any way she can,” Piccirillo said. “She is very humble and simply just wants to make a difference.”
Besides her work with veterans, Stondell is the legislative liaison for Long Island ABATE (American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education), helping to raise $900,000 for veterans and holding food drives, toy drives, and other programs. Stondell also works full-time as a paralegal.
Stondell was honored last week during a virtual meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature as her name was read into the record as a Woman of Distinction.
“I look forward to seeing Debbie soon to give her a proclamation on behalf of the residents of the 8th Legislative District,” Piccirillo said.
OnSachem News interviewed Stondell in June 2020 when the community dedicated a new sign at the Holbrook Vietnam Monument on Grundy Avenue. View the video here.
The Eighth Legislative District Piccirillo represents is located almost entirely within the Town of Islip, with a small part within Brookhaven Town. It includes Bayport, Blue Point, Holbrook, Holtsville, Sayville, West Sayville, Oakdale, and parts of Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, and Medford.