The Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award, established in 2002, is given to a county resident who has had a long-term impact on our region and who gives back to the community, the media release said. Scarzafava contributes to many local service activities, such as the United Way, the Pit Run, Boys and Girls Clubs and Otsego County Family Services.
Scarzafava also served on the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital board of directors. In addition, the Scarzafava & Basdekis law firm recently received the U.S. News & World Reports’ highest honor awarded to a personal injury law firm, according to the release.
“He has had a significant impact on our community,” Heegan said. “We are excited and honored to present him with this prestigious award.”
Scarzafava said being named is “a pretty humbling experience” and “a touching honor.” He was out of the area when the media conference was arranged, and will be represented today by his partner, Theo Basdekis.
Scarzafava was born and raised in Otsego County, and began the law firm in the early 1980s, he said.
“It’s been a very special place for me and my family,” he said.