HeartShare president rings opening bell at Stock Exchange

Wall Street had a Brooklyn attitude on Thursday morning when Bill Guarinello, president and CEO of HeartShare Human Services of New York, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exhange.

Guarinello did the honors precisely at 9:30 a.m. The opening bell signals the start of trading for the day.

The Stock Exchange invited Guarinello to ring the opening bell as part of a salute to HeartShare on its 100th anniversary year. The Brooklyn-based non-profit social services agency was established in 1914.

HeartShare provides services for people with developmental disabilities and their families, including day care, adult day programs, education and residential programs, Medicaid service coordination, foster care and adoption services, HIV/AIDS services and energy assistance. The agency's headquarters is located at Metrotech.

“We help individuals develop to their fullest potential and lead meaningful and enriched lives,” according to a statement on the agency’s website.

Guarinello, who has been involved with HeartShare for more than 40 years, is a longtime resident of Bensonhurst. He is a well known civic leader and serves as chairman of Community Board 11. He is also president of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee, a group that advocates for the US Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton.