Criminal Justice Major Has Flair for Music

By Anthony Vela

Kenny Mannetta is a retired sergeant from the NYPD who is working towards his master's degree in Criminal Justice at Molloy College. He is also an up-and-coming musician who recently released a song titled "Long Island Boy" with an accompanying video. We talked to him about his decision to attend Molloy for graduate school and the inspiration behind his new single.

For Mannetta, Molloy has been the perfect fit for graduate school. "I chose Molloy College to advance my education and my quest of achieving my master's in Criminal Justice. I have been truly impressed with the program at Molloy. All of the professors have enlightened me in my quest to continue to learn. I would enjoy teaching as an adjunct, so I could share my experience and knowledge," he says.

Mannetta says that he began playing music in order to heal after a tragedy in his life. "After losing my wife on 9/11, I took up the piano in 2002 for therapy. I am self-taught and had not written anything until 'Long Island Boy' in December of 2016." 

The video for "Long Island Boy" was shot on Long Island and is closing in on 20,000 views/likes and comments on social media in less than four weeks.

According to Mannetta, inspiration for the song came from his subconscious after witnessing the many changes that have occurred on Long Island throughout his life. Mannetta was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, grew up in Deer Park and now resides in Islip.

"I believe I was subconsciously reflecting on where I was in life, noticing many people on social media who had moved away. I said to myself: I'm a 'Long Island Boy,' and that is how the song began. The lyrics came quickly and were completed in about two weeks. I believe Long Islanders are great people and we have all been through so much, from the 2008 Great Recession to Superstorm Sandy. Long Islanders are tough people who are, at the same time, generous," says Mannetta.

Mannetta knows the island continues to go through some tough times, but he has Long Island in his blood and isn't about to leave anytime soon.

"Long Island is one of the prettiest places in the country. From the beaches of the South Shore, to the wineries and farms on the North and South Forks, to the North Shore elegance, there's no place like it. We need to preserve it for future generations. We miss the Jets and the Islanders. I know the Islanders will come home soon, that I guarantee. They are part of the Long Island fabric," says Mannetta.

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