Tom DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller and Michael Weinstock, a lawyer from Great Neck, were recently honored by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island, at their annual gala. Both gentlemen have been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for more than twenty-five years.
Mr. Weinstock became involved with the charity when he was a small boy and his parents divorced. His mother enrolled him in the program and he was “matched” with a “Big Brother” from Manhasset. It’s been almost twenty-five years and they remain as close as real brothers.
Today, Michael volunteers his time as a “Big Brother”. He has been matched with a boy who is also from Manhasset. “Why did I get involved with the program as an adult? Because my Big Brother told me to, that’s why. Although once he made the suggestion, I knew it was a good one.” Mr Weinstock’s Big Brother, Michael Dirkes, also attended the annual gala.
In recent weeks, Michael and his Little Brother have enjoyed Mets games at Shea Stadium, a visit to the New York City Transit Museum as well as a presidential debate at Cooper Union College.
Ton Dinapoli has remained an active member of the Board of Directors since 1979, despite having held public office this entire time. Currently, Mr. Dinapoli holds the position of New York State Comptroller, where he is responsible for managing and protecting the State pension fund, among other duties.
Coincidentally, Mr. Weinstock spent two summers interning in Mr. DiNapoli’s office when he was in college and they have remained friends.