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Honors For ADA

An assistant district attorney in the borough, Lawrence Piergrossi, received the prestigious Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association.

The award is given to out annually to an outstanding prosecutor in each of the city’s five district attorneys offices and the office of the city’s special narcotics prosecutor.

Piergrossi began his career in the Bronx District Attorney’s office as a law school intern in 1997.

In addition his prosecution of public corruption cases, he has secured jury trial convictions in over 25 felony cases involving domestic violence, homicides, child abuse and narcotics.

District Attorney Darcel Clark said of Piergrossi: Larry has earned this prestigious award through his nearly 20 years of investigations and successful prosecutions of all types of crimes, but notably uniform corruption and violence in Rikers Island jails and in the construction industry. He is also worthy of this recognition because, through his supervisory and training roles, he helps our assistants to serve as ethical, effective advocates for the people of the Bronx.

Scholarship Money Raised Through Food Drive

Concourse House, Mercy Center, Our Lady of Assumption Helping Hands Food Pantry, Part of the Solution and St. Catherine of Siena Outreach benefitted from over 32,660 pounds of food donated by Fordham Prep students and their families this holiday season.

Through their efforts in helping others, the school was also able to bolster its own ability to provide scholarships to youngsters who need tuition assistance.

A former Fordham Prep chairman of the school’s board, Jim Rowen, gave the school $58,500 based on the amount of food Fordham Prep collected as part of a larger food drive called The Great Ignation Challenge.

The challenge, named after Saint Ignatius of Loyola, filled food banks with over 120,000 pounds of food from six Jesuit high schools in the New York City area.

In total, Rowen contributed $300,000 to the six schools to help students in need.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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