Stewart Manor Fire Chief Thomas Skinner and Saint Aidan School Kindergarten teacher Eileen Sullivan were honored during the 3-hour Stewart Manor-New Hyde Park Republican Committee Annual Dinner which was held at Umberto’s last Wednesday night for their leadership in the New Hyde Park community.
Skinner, who has served as Fire Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief in the Stewart Manor Fire Department, currently holds the position of Chief of Department.
Sullivan, has taught Kindergarten in the Saint Aidan School in Williston Park for 21 years and has played an active role as ‘campaign advisor’ for her husband, Nassau County Court Judge Dave Sullivan.
“This is a fundraiser that we hold at this wonderful restaurant each year,” Dinner-Journal Chairman Ed Powers said. “It is also great to be able to honor people who are so dedicated in the community like Chief Skinner and Mrs. Sullivan.”
Chief Skinner was born and raised in New Hyde Park and moved with his wife Madeline to Stewart Manor in 2002. He loved the community and quickly rose through the ranks to fire department chief, was named “Firefighter Of The Year” and is a three-time recipient of the Dutcher Award as voted by his fellow members. The award recognizes outstanding and selfless dedication to the department. Chief Skinner is also a main coordinator of the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warriors organization.
Sullivan has been a Republican Commitee woman for many years helping many candidates throughout their tenures and is described as the biggest part of the support team for her husband David and has helped him in many capacities in his role as County Court Judge.
A “jack of all trades,” she serves as campaign advisor to her husband, is a dedicated teacher to the children of St. Aidan's, part of the staff at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home and a mother of three: Katherine, Dave Jr. and Megan.