March 17th, 2023 – Family and friends of longtime West Islip resident Anthony Scuderi turned out for a car parade celebrating his 99th birthday this week. "If I ever reach 99 or 100, I want a parade to come down the block,” Anthony once told his daughter, Maria. “Me, being the love of shenanigans, those words I never forgot,” she said. “And being the dad and the man he is, I wanted to fulfill his wish,” she added.
So on March 16th at approximately 1 pm, a surprise car parade kicked-off lead by the Suffolk County Police Department, West Islip Fire Dept, Veterans Organizations and family and friends, who carried signs that read, “Honk and Wave, Tony is 99 today.”
Anthony graduated from Long Island University with a BS Degree in accounting and subsequently from NYU with an MBA in accounting. He was appointed Special Agent with the FBI in 1951 and assigned to Toledo, Ohio where he met his wife Ann, a retired West Islip school teacher. In June the couple will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary. “They toast with a glass of red wine at dinner every night, say their prayers and always tell each other, ‘I love you’. They truly are an inspiration and a role model of two people who never gave up on each other,” said Maria.
After a brief assignment with the FBI out of state, Anthony was appointed to the Long Island FBI office in Babylon and New York City until 1975, where he specialized in White Collar and Organized Crime. Anthony received numerous commendations and accolades during his career, and testified in local courts as well as Surrogate Court and Federal Courts, including the US Court of Claims in Washington DC as an expert witness. He averaged 30 to 35 convictions a year, most notably contributing to approximately one-third of the convictions achieved by the New York Office in a single year. He handled many high-profile cases that resulted in the arrest and conviction of corrupt bank presidents, a NY State Supreme Court Judge, crooked politicians, union officials, prominent sport figures, Wall Street moguls and many other defendants engaged in bribery
and fraud violations.
In 1975, and only a day after retiring from the FBI, Anthony began work with the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit, where he was later appointed Chief Investigator for the Long Island Medicaid Fraud Unit. After retiring from Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Unit, he returned to the FBI, and continued as a consultant conducting background checks until the age of 85 in 2009.
“My dad has lived a full healthy life, with no regrets,” said Maria, adding that Anthony still drives, and walks on the home treadmill daily, only because the local gym where he belonged recently closed.
“Anthony is a pillar in our Town,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “He is beloved by family, friends, and former colleagues, many of whom turned out today to wish Anthony well. He is the shining example of an exemplary public servant who has spent his career and even beyond making a difference in this world.”