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Raia to Lead Marathon of Weddings

Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia. File Photo
Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia. File Photo
Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia will perform civil marriage ceremonies on Valentine's Day, her 25th year of providing the service.

"Of all the services I provide to the public, the opportunity to join two people in a lifetime of love and commitment is the part of my job that is the most heartwarming, " she said. 

She has performed 595 marriage ceremonies in her 25 years as town clerk. 

This will also be the 19th year that she will perform her Valentine’s Day marathon of ceremonies. The Town Board Room, where the ceremonies are performed, will feature donations from local merchants, including bakeries, florists, supermarkets, pharmacies and photographers.

Cakes, cookies, flowers and gifts, including one from Ms. Raia, help to make the event a festive one every year. “The couples that I have united over the years have received this idea enthusiastically and it has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to unite these couples and to share in their happiness as they embark on their new lives together,” Raia said. 

There is no charge to the couple for the ceremony and their guests are welcome to attend the reception. 

For further information or if you would like to make an appointment, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 631-351-3216.
bobpraver February 02, 2014 at 06:37 AM
Two missing bits of information jump out as being lacking in your article about Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia having conducted 595 civil weddings in her 25 years as clerk: a. For what town is she the Town Clerk ? b. How many of those 595 weddings have been for gay couples ?
brookhavenconfucius February 04, 2014 at 07:20 AM
If it's NASSAU CTY you can bet PLENTY, especially after Kathleen Rice's THREAT, to prosecute those clerks or ANYONE, who refuses to marry BACON< LETTUCE TOMATO COUPLES ! http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/07/nassau-da-kathleen-rice-to-clerks-dont-even-think-about-refusing-gay-marriage- WHEN IS KATHLEEN RICE 'COMING OUT'...ALL OF HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE GAY, SO WHAT'S THE CHANCE SHE IS ALSO GAY ????? COME OUT COME OUT WHERE EVER YOU ARE HIDING KATHLEEN RICE !
knee jerk March 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM
She is the Town Clerk of Huntington, and if it is legal to marry gay couples in this state, why would she not?

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