HARRISON, N.Y. - Locals don't have to look far to find Italian heritage in Harrison.
Harrison realtor Kathy Landi Larson Zamechansky was among four Italian-Americans honored recently by various local groups for her service to the community.
"I'm so privileged to be recognized during this, the 34th Annual Italian-American Heritage Month," Zamechansky said. "I'm so proud to have been doing business in New York City and Westchester for over 35 years. After all, this is my home.
Zamechanksy and three other honorees were recognized by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., the Belmont Business Improvement District and the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York last month at the Enrico Fermi Cultural Center in the Belmont Library in the Bronx.
Diaz declared the month of October as "Italian Heritage and Culture Month" to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification before awarding Zamechansky with a plaque for her service as an Italian-American to New York. Also honored were Chairman of the Bronx Republican Party Joseph Savino, owner of Mario's Restaurant Joseph Migliulucci, and Joseph "Joe" Liberatore, a posthumous tribute accepted by his son, Richard.
Zamechansky's Italian hertiage stems from a long line of Italian-Americans from her maternal grandfather, who arrived in New York in 1895 from Messina, Italy.
"I'm proud to live and work here, and I'm very proud of my Italian heritage," Zamechansky said. "I'm truly grateful for this honor."
With much of her experience from working with real estate developers, non-profit organizations, Zamechansky founded KZA Realty Group in 1998. Until recently, she also worked as the Executive Vice President of NAI Friedland Realty and Partner in KZA/Friedland Development Consulting Services, a full-service real estate consulting firm, since 2004.
KZA Realty Group is a commercial real estate brokerage and development consulting firm with offices in both New York City and Harrison.
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