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Posted on: April 14, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Street Dedicated in Memory of Copiague Teen


Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Councilwoman Jackie Gordon recently joined with the Town Board to rename the corner of Rose Street and Great Neck Road in Copiague in the memory of Joseph A. Ferriso, who lost his life in a car accident this past January at the age of 19. Joseph was known as a kind young man who was active in his community while also focusing on numerous extracurricular activities. Joining Supervisor Schaffer and Councilwoman Gordon to dedicate Joseph A. Ferriso Memorial Way were Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. Joseph’s parents Debbie and Al, his sister Amy and dozens of friends and teammates were in attendance to see the street sign celebrating Joseph’s life unveiled.

Joseph Ferriso, a graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, was known as a compassionate young man who was very active in the Copiague community. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 284, Joseph constructed a new wood deck with railings and stairs at the Copiague Youth Council Building and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014. Joseph was an alter server at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Copiague, a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and took part in numerous athletic teams. After graduating high school, Joseph attended Hofstra University, where he was a walk on member of the school’s Division I Lacrosse team.

A scholarship was created in Joseph’s memory to award students in our area who have the same passion for making a difference in the community as Joseph did. The Joseph A. Ferriso Memorial Scholarship will award two $1000 scholarships; one for a graduating senior from Copiague High School and one for a graduating senior of Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Checks can be made payable to

Troop #284 Joe Ferriso Scholarship Fund
224 Rose Street
Copiague, NY 11726

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