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A Brewster Business Icon Moves On

A Brewster Icon Moves On

In the real estate business, I routinely sell properties large and small. But one recent transaction
really made me stop and reflect on past, present, and future. For my entire life, Joseph Scortino
has run a Catering hall on Route 6 near the I-84 overpasses in Brewster. But after 45 years in
business, Joe decided it was time to close the business, sell his property, and retire.
Joe Scortino is an icon, as was the restaurant/Banquet Hall that bore his family name. A fixture
in the local Republican Party, he hosted committee dinners and in years past Scortino’s was
the place where local elections were held. They would literally write the vote tallies on boards
of sheetrock, which now adorn the walls. Hundreds of weddings, christenings, sweet sixteen’s
etc…. were held there. Joe is definitely a throwback to a different world. In his words when
asked his opinion of success, “To be successful you must first realize that you will not please
everyone. You have to work 90 hours weeks, be committed to service and have a loving and
supportive family”. Joe certainly exemplified those words. I admire his work ethic very much
and I believe he is an outstanding example for the Putnam County Business community, He
made an impact on the community we call home, and we are better off for his having been our

Scortino’s founded around 1965 has survived many economic climates both good and bad, 8 or
so different presidents. Although now it is no more, we have the legacy of Joe to thank for the
bright future we are building for our up-and-coming crop of business leaders. As we’ve talked
about much in recent weeks, the time is here for the big “40 under 40” awards night on January
25 at Villa Barone, which ironically is another family owned catering hall run by a younger
generation and two nominees for the event. It may be a changing of the guard of sorts, but
hopefully the new generation of Putnam leaders is ready to step up in our community and by
having such great examples of leadership they are sure to be successful. More information on
the event is available at .

-Jennifer Maher

Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce

Associate Broker Keller Williams NY Realty

Vice President Westchester/Putnam Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors


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