December 26, 2013 | 13 views
Herald Person of the Year 2013
The unsung hero of the community
Talk to Jeffrey Rosenking and you’re likely to leave the conversation having learned something about him you never knew. The 52-year-old Salisbury resident is an instantly recognizable face on the East Meadow School District Board of Education — largely because he’s the only trustee who sports a bow tie at meetings — and is also well known for being a community leader and a dedicated family man.
Because Rosenking rarely touts his extracurricular activities, he tends to amaze others when they learn of his busy schedule. Even the people who have known him longest admit they’re still learning things about him. His neighbor, Mindy Perlish, has known him for 20 years, but learned only a couple of months ago that he is a pilot. “He doesn’t talk about his accomplishments,” said Perlish, who, like Rosenking, is involved in Salisbury’s Community Association of Stewart Avenue. “Some people are always in your face about what they do. I think it’s the people who do it the most quietly who are the most unsung heroes.”