Robert Siracusano, a devoted champion of Saugerties Central Schools, has received the Ulster County School Boards Association’s Distinguished Friend of Education Award. Saugerties Superintendent of Schools Seth Turner presented the award to Siracusano at the association’s annual dinner on May 26 at Stonehedge Restaurant in West Park. “There is no greater friend to Saugerties than Bob Siracusano,” said Turner. “Bob has done things for people that no one will ever learn about.”
Siracusano grew up in Saugerties and started Sawyer Motors with his brother Larry. Over time, the brothers have become known for their commitment to their community, often trying to “one-up” each other with their good deeds. Robert Siracusano founded the Sawyer Car Show more than a decade ago, as well as the annual “Christmas in the Village,” giving away 100 bicycles every year as well as toys and computers. In 2015, he hosted a concert that raised more than $30,000 for the Saugerties Central School District’s music program. Another fundraising concert is planned.
Siracusano was one of ten county residents receiving the award for their dedication and commitment to local schools. The honorees, each representing a different school district, were nominated by their local Board of Education. Robert Curran, president of the Ulster County School Boards Association, said the awards are an opportunity to recognize the people who go above and beyond on behalf of students and their communities. “There are great things happening in our districts and so many really dedicated people,” Curran said. “We’re here tonight to celebrate the good people do.”