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Saturday, December 17, 2016


Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri Of Yugoslavia

Jean Shafiroff, Prominent Philanthropist and Author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, hosted her annual holiday luncheon at Michael’s on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Some 45 invitees attended the luncheon, which was held in honor of the New York City Mission Society. In true holiday spirit, Shafiroff made a generous donation to the charity in honor of the attending guests. Shafiroff serves as a board member of the NYC Mission Society, which is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families in New York City's most underserved communities.

Attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Geoffrey Bradfield, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Rachel Hirschfeld, Margo Langenberg, Margo Vonderstaar Catsimatidis, Roy Kean, Randi Schatz, Victor de Souza, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lee Fryd, Carole Bellidora Westfall, Edgar Batista, Catherine Sabino, Debra Halpert, Diane Clehane,  Ernest Schmatolla and Francine LeFrak.

The event took place in the in the restaurant’s Garden Room, which was adorned with holiday themed floral decorations. Guests enjoyed a Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad, Parmesan, Gremolata for the first course, followed by a Pan-Seared Salmon, French Lentils, Fennel Slaw, Citrus Sauce main course, and a selection of Michael’s Cookies for dessert. This is the fourth year Shafiroff has organized the event.

Jean Shafiroff’s book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. in 2016, serves as a practical guide for both the aspiring and seasoned philanthropist. A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Shafiroff’ s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Thursday, July 21, 2016



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With Georgina Bloomberg

Ellen Ward Scarborough And Chuck Scarborough

Carolyn Maloney

Richard Soloway And Donna Soloway

Alex Donner With Jean Shafiroff, Jonathan McCann And Georgina Bloomberg

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its Seventh Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 18thheld at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. The event sold out for the seventh year in a row.

Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff, Board President Jonathan McCann and Chair Emeritus Susan Allen hosted this year’s event themed around a traditional Hamptons beach soiree, which honored El Faro de los Animales in Puerto Rico including Board Member David Brownstein and New York Branch President, Julie Sinaw.

Katie McEntee

Honorary Board member Georgina Bloomberg came out to support the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, John Catsimatidis, and Jill Rappaport. The Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Allen & Company, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ferguson Cohen, LLP, and Stifel Financial Corp.

Anna Throne-Holst And Mayor Mark Epley

Gregory Dryer & Kim Renk
Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed more than 300 guests including Southampton Councilman John Bouvier, Anna Throne-Holst, Richard Demato, Kim Renk, Ellen Scarborough, Debra Hearst, Lilianna Cavendish, Sony Schotland, Greg D’Elia, Martin Shafiroff and Rachel Grant, in addition to Junior Committee members Kate McEntee, Scott Stevenson, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Phil Piro, Merritt Piro, Charles McConnell, and Sara Vacchiano. All guests enjoyed dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra. This year’s Unconditional Love Gala exceeded their fundraising goal through donations, live and silent auctions and pet sponsorships. All proceeds go towards SASF's crucial initiatives, such as their low-cost spay/neuter mobile van granted by the ASPCA, efforts to rescue animals enslaved in puppy mills, and the daily care of the rescues within the shelter. They also benefit the shelter's programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing For Life" program, which is currently in over 40 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.


Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes. The SASF’s mission is to provide for the welfare of animals and to reduce the number of homeless pets. The Shelter’s goal is to promote and nourish the bond between people and animals through adoption, education and community outreach. SASF recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and rated in the top 10% of the country for their live release rates. The Shelter leads the country with its "live release rate", which means that of all animals brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes. SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention. No adoptable animal is left behind! To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at or their Facebook page at

Saturday, August 15, 2015



Rita Cosby

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney And Warsaw Upriser Julian Kulski

2nd Lt Szymon Marcinow, Polish Consul General, Urszula Gacek And TV
Host, Rita Cosby, Presenting Move America Forward Care Packages, Being Sent To
U.S. Troops

The powerful alliance between America and Poland was highlighted at this month’s beautiful re dedication ceremony in Brooklyn, New York for the first memorial honoring the Warsaw Uprising in the United States.

American Flag Flying Over The Warsaw Uprising Mural

Tomaczek Bednarek Performs The National Anthem

Greg Fryc
 Heroes from the 63 days of fighting were honored on the 71st anniversary of their historic battle, the largest citizens resistance against the Germans in WWII. In Greenpoint, about a thousand people joined Warsaw Uprisers, dignitaries and celebrities such as singer Tomaczek Bednarek and TV and Radio Star Rita Cosby, who’s own father was in the Uprising and is memorialized on the massive mural, along with his best friend, Julian Kulski, who joined the Polish Underground Army when he was just twelve years old. During the deeply moving and patriotic ceremony, three flags were raised, including the Polish flag, one symbolizing the Uprising, and an American flag ,which was donated by Move America Forward. The same stars and stripes was flown and saluted over the 82nd Airborne Division Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on the last day of Operation Enduring Freedom, December 31, 2014, marking a decision to end the combat operations there.

Among the other attendees: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek, Gregory Fryc of Pangea Alliance, and members of PAVA (Polish Army Veterans Association of America).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015



Photos By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jonathan McCann With Chuck Scarborough

Beth Ostrosky Stern

Dr. Frank Weiser With Martin Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Beth Ostrosky Stern And Jonathan McCann

Margo Catsimatidis With Jean Shafiroff, Carolyn Maloney And John Catsimatidis

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 18th at a sold out event at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. Gala chair Jean Shafiroff and Board President Jonathan McCann hosted this year’s Great Gatsby themed event, which honored Leslie Alexander & Liz Brown, Brigid Fitzgerald and Michael Katz and Domenic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS.

Beth Ostrosky Stern came out to support Mrs. Shafiroff and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, Anna Throne Holst, John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo. Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Ferguson Cohen, LLP and Sequin Jewelry.

Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed over 300 guests including, Board Member Robert Lohman, Cliff and Raya Knight, Martin Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Liliana Cavendish, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Jean Remmel Fitzsimmons, Wendy Wegner, Amy Cosman, Flo Anthony and Jill Rappaport, in addition to Junior committee members Elizabeth Shafiroff, Katie McEntee and Lindsey Spielfogal, who enjoyed dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra.

The real stars of the evening were the cutest cats and puppies, seven adult and baby Chihuahuas and a loveable bulldog mix who were all up for adoption. Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF to continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year and funds raised during the night’s cash call went to support the spay/neuter program at the shelter clinic as well as the mobile low cost van granted to the Shelter by the ASPCA. Proceeds from the event also supported the SASF’s work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills, with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations and place them in safe homes. The Shelter also runs programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing For Life" program, created by the SASF's former Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in 100 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney And Rebecca Seawright

Democratic Vice-Chair Trudy L. Mason & Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney And Gail Brewer

My favorite friend and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney looked stunning at her victory party tonight. I just love this woman and her friends. You had Democratic Vice Chair Trudy L. Mason there, and New York's own  Rebecca Seawright who is heading to Albany to work for New Yorkers. Borough President of Manhattan Gale Arnot Brewer also was there to help celebrate.

I have never seen a election where my die hard Republican friends supported Democrats. But this was one election in New York City where they threw their support to Carolyn Maloney. They know and they understand that Carolyn Maloney works for everyone, not just her party. Congresswoman Maloney understands all the needs of New Yorkers.

Tonight Congresswoman Maloney had over 79% of the votes.Tonights votes were for all of New York and all the people.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Carolyn B. Maloney today announced that the President has just signed into law an extension of the Debbie Smith Act.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today announced that the President has just signed into law an extension of the Debbie Smith Act, a bill she authored which became law in 2004 and has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to address the nationwide rape kit DNA analysis backlog. Maloney was joined by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, King’s County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Ilse Knecht, Director DNA Resource at the National Center for Victims of Crime and Natasha Alexenko, a survivor of sexual assault, to discuss the importance of the legislation and need for a coordinated national effort to eliminate the rape kit analysis backlog.


“By extending this law for another five years, we are providing local crime labs across the country with the funds they need to work through their DNA backlogs,” said Maloney. “Some estimate that there are as many as 400,000 rape kits that have gone untested. Each time we convict a rapist using DNA evidence, we can protect countless other women from repeat sexual offenders. I am deeply concerned that far too many kits go years before they are tested. We need to eliminate that window and eliminate the possibility that a rapist is walking our streets while the evidence needed to convict him collects dust in a storage room.”

The original Debbie Smith Act, which has been called the most important anti-rape legislation ever signed into law, was first introduced by Maloney in 2001 and signed into law in 2004 as part of the Justice for All Act. Since that time the legislation has provided millions of dollars to state and local law enforcement agencies for DNA analysis of untested rape kits.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, “Each and every untested rape kit represents a possible unsolved crime. Such crucial components to a successful prosecution – or exoneration – must not be ignored. I commend Congresswoman Maloney for her work towards the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act, which will help other jurisdictions use these critical tools to seek justice for victims. New York City has long been a leader in DNA testing, and my Office’s Sex Crimes Unit, working with the NYPD, has been instrumental in eliminating our rape kit backlog. We know that DNA evidence may not only help solve a crime, but may lead us to crimes a defendant committed in the past, possibly preventing them from committing crimes in the future.”

Today's Press Conference
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, “I commend Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for her leadership in getting the Debbie Smith Act reauthorized. Sexual assaults are devastating, life-altering crimes and we owe it to the victims of these heinous crimes to test sexual assault evidence kits in a timely manner. New York City was fortunate to have been able to tackle its backlogged sexual assault kits between 2000 and 2004, and hundreds of offenders were brought to justice as a result. Today, though, DNA testing of evidence is critical in not only sexual assaults, but also in homicides, robberies, physical assaults and property crimes. Funding from the Debbie Smith Act will help the New York City lab and others throughout the state and country to eliminate backlogs and to keep up with the daily influx of new cases, and for that I thank Rep. Maloney. Her work to get this legislation reauthorized will surely mean that more survivors of violent crime will see justice done.”

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson said, “Very often in sexual assault cases, forensic evidence is the crux of the case. This federal funding will help to combat the lack of staffing and resources, prevent a serious backlog and allow us to get swift justice for survivors of sex crimes.”

Friday, September 05, 2014


Powerful NY Women working to pass Maloney’s National Women’s History Museum bill this year.

Two Senators stand in the way of bipartisan legislation that passed the House 383 to 33 

Photos By: James Edstrom
Rita Cosby With Carolyn Maloney And Christine Quinn

NY Post's Richard Johnson With Carolyn Maloney

Jean Afterman With Carolyn Maloney And Rita Cosby

Carolyn Maloney With Dottie Herman

Carolyn Maloney With Kathleen Turner

Mary Asta

NEW YORK -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) held a strategy session yesterday to engage some of New York’s most powerful women in the effort to build a National Women’s History Museum. Attendees included Actress and Advocate Kathleen Turner, Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily Rafferty, TV Personality Rita Cosby, New York Yankees Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman, Esq., New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Joan Wages, President of the National Women’s History Museum non-profit, helped guide the discussion.

Maloney successfully passed her legislation in the House of Representatives, but two Senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are holding up the bill. On May 7, the House voted to approve the legislation by a vote of 383 to 33. All 20 women members of the Senate support the bill. 

“The women of New York, which is the birth place of the Women’s Movement, believe that when their daughters and sons visit Washington to learn about the history of their country, they should have a chance to hear the full story – not just half of it,” said Maloney. “A Congressional Commission on building a National Women’s History Museum has near unanimous support. More than 90 percent of the House, every member of the House’s Republican leadership, and all 20 women "Senator"s support it, but two men stand in the way. We are going to do everything we can over the next 4 months to change their minds and get this bill passed.”

Melissa Mark-Viverito
“The American History we learned as children and which children are being taught in classrooms throughout the country today doesn’t tell the entire story,” said Joan Wages, President & CEO of the National Women’s History Museum. “When girls don’t see themselves in textbooks they learn that to be female is to be invisible. Conversely, when they do learn about accomplished women in history they become more aware of the possibilities in their own lives. For boys, it’s important to see accomplished women in history so they are aware that women were also important in shaping our nation and that their female classmates (and eventually colleagues) have real value. Educating Americans about the accomplishments and contributions women have made to shaping this nation will enable both women AND men to see that gender should not be a factor in deciding what you can and can’t do.” 

The bill, H.R. 863, would create a national commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The eight-member commission would have 18 months to produce the report and submit it to Congress for approval.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the commission and the museum would have no significant impact on federal spending. The bill authorizes the commission to raise private money to cover its costs, and a 501(c)3 organization, National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), is already raising the funds necessary to pay for the commission.

Friday, May 02, 2014




 Photos By: James Edstrom

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney With Capt. Alexander Hagan

Gwendolyn Gamble Remembers

Capt. Alexander Hagan FDNY

Members Of The FDNY

C. Virgina Fields With Carolyn Maloney, Gwendolyn Gamble And Janice Kelsey

C. Virginia Fields

FDNY Capt. Al Hagen of The Uniformed Fire Officers Association and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney joined civil rights leaders from Alabama to thank officers of the FDNY for going against the City of Birmingham and its Fire Department 50 years ago. The event took place at FDNY Engine Co. 21 located at 238 East 40th Street in Manhattan.

These Alabama civil rights leaders including, Janice Kelsey, Gwendolyn Gamble had fire hoses and attack dogs turned on them during a historic march when they were children. They were arrested and placed in jail. The FDNY stood up to social injustice and went against the City of Birmingham Fire Department by attacking and condemning them for their actions over 50 years ago. New York City's national Black Leadership Commission's C.Virgina Fields was also on hand.

On May 2, 1963 when much of the country was still segregated, hundreds of Birmingham children marched non-violently from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church to downtown Birmingham. Birmingham fire officials ordered fire hoses and police dogs be turned on nearly 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students who were marching for social change. Boys' shirts were ripped off, and young women were pushed over the tops of cars by the force of the water. When the students crouched or fell, the blasts of water rolled them down the asphalt streets and concrete sidewalks. The incident known as "The Children's Crusade" caused a major media sensation and the controversy led to many anti-segregation laws being passed.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney also presented Capt. Alexander Hagan a proclamation from Congress.

Monday, April 28, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Carolyn Maloney With Buzzy O'Keeffe

Joe Crowley

Loula Alafoylannis And Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney With Trudy L. Mason

Letitia "Tish" James With Carolyn Mahoney And Gale Brewer

Todd Shapiro With Dottie Herman And Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney With John Liu

Bethany Yarrow

Carolyn Maloney With Harley Lippman

Jennifer Faucher With Brian Purnell

Cathleen London With Carolyn Maloney

Liz Krueger With Carolyn Maloney And Liz Holtzman

Margo And John Catsimatides With Carolyn Maloney

We were very lucky to be invited to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's Spring Gala Celebration at The Water Club overlooking the East River.

There was a great musical performance by “Bethany & Rufus” (Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia) as well as many well known New Yorkers who attended. We saw John And Margo Catsimatides, Liz Krueger, Liz Holtzman, John Liu, Todd Shapiro, Real Estate legend Dottie Herman, Trudy L. Mason and Joe Crowley even performed his rendition of Sweet Caroline.There were so many more wonderful New Yorkers, too many to name.

Once again, The Water Club's Buzzy O'Keeffe hosted a great event overlooking the East River of New York City.

President Obama Endorses Carolyn Maloney

Stating that “New Yorkers are extraordinarily lucky to have her fighting for them in Congress,” President Obama recently endorsed Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for re-election.

"I'm proud to endorse Carolyn Maloney for re-election and to have her working with me for the change America needs. New Yorkers are extraordinarily lucky to have her fighting for them in Congress-- Carolyn has not only delivered again and again for New Yorkers, she's written groundbreaking legislation that is making a lasting difference in the lives of millions of Americans,” said President Obama.

"Whether it's expanding access to health care, protecting consumers from credit card abuses, or restructuring our intelligence system, she's crafted innovative solutions to the problems our government-- and so many families face. Carolyn is tenacious, energetic, and reform-minded—someone with good ideas and the know-how to get them done," continued the President.

“I am thrilled to have the support of President Obama,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “It was an honor to work with President Obama to achieve the historic healthcare reform bill, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in securing healthcare for 9/11 first responders, and creating thousands of more jobs for New Yorkers as we move forward with construction of a 2nd Avenue Subway and East Side Connector.”

The endorsement by President Obama comes in the same week Congresswoman Maloney’s re-election was endorsed by the 2.5 million-member New York State AFL-CIO.

About Carolyn Maloney

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney ( was first elected to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District in 1992. She was the first woman to represent the district – which includes Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Astoria and Long Island City in Queens, and Roosevelt Island as well as parts of Brooklyn - and is the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee.

She is a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As co-founder of the House 9/11 Commission Caucus, Carolyn helped author and pass legislation to implement all of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for improving intelligence gathering. Carolyn is a champion of domestic and international women’s issues, and has fought tirelessly for full federal assistance to help New York City rebuild from 9/11.

To find out more about the wonderful accomplishments of our Congresswoman Maloney, please visit the congressional website HERE.