Injured cop to be honored by pope’s United Nations representative

You’ve probably read or heard about Off. Robert Salerno, the NYC police officer from West Harrison who was shot in the line of duty on March 22.

The 25-year-old Salerno is a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in West Harrison (known by many as Silver Lake).

On Friday (April 27), St. Anthony’s will use the occasion of its Third Annual Blue Mass (honoring police and firefighters) to recognize their fallen and risen parishioner.

He will be be given a “Papal Medal” by none other than Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican ambassador to the United Nations.

Not only will representatives from dozens of police and fire departments be on hand for the 7:30 p.m. Blue Mass, but a bunch of cops from Salerno’s 44th precinct in the Bronx are expected.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.