[IMGCAP(1)]The New York State Society of CPAs will honor George Foundotos, CPA, and Stephen P. Valenti, CPA, with Distinguished Service Awards at its 115th Annual Election Meeting Dinner on May 10.

NYSSCPA Suffolk Chapter president Harold Deiters called Foundotos a guiding force for CPAs throughout the state, while Tax Division Oversight Committee member David Sands noted Valenti's extraordinary enthusiasm, and his intensive involvement in the society.

[IMGCAP(2)]A professor of accounting at Dowling College, Foundotos is currently the president of the NYSSCPA Political Action Committee, and is a past president of the society. He has been a member for over 40 years, serving on more than 40 committees.

A clinical professor of accounting at New York University and a sole practitioner, Valenti is a former society vice president, and former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He has chaired six different committees, and served on 30.

"To be acknowledged by your peers ... I don't know how you can describe that," Foundotos said. "When your peers say, 'Thank you,' it is something special."

[IMGCAP(3)]In addition, Joseph M. Falbo, CPA, a tax partner at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP, will receive a Special Recognition Award at the May 10 dinner, while Tracey J. Niemotko, JD, CPA, CFE, an associate professor of accounting at Mount Saint Mary College, will receive the society's Dr. Emanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award.

Falbo is only the sixth person to win a Special Recognition Award for extraordinary contributions to the society. He recently served as secretary/treasurer and Finance Committee chair at a time when the society was re-organizing its internal budget process, and Falbo helped establish a new internal financial reporting system.

[IMGCAP(4)]Niemotko has taught accounting for more than 25 years, and is currently president-elect of the society's Mid-Hudson Chapter. She is also the author of Accounting Basics: A Survival Guide for Students.

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