Suffolk County American Legion
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September 22, 2022
County Commander's Message

Hope all is well:

The department commander David Riley's Visit to Suffolk County went well.
He enjoyed the Michael Murphy Museum and fabulous dinner we had for him at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006. The food was fantastic. Great job Post 1006. Our next county meeting will be October 7 at Patchogue Post 269. Food at 7pm. Meeting at 8pm. I hope to see all posts at The meeting
        Steven Antonacci

National Commander's Dinner at Antun's

This coming year, the National Commander Dinner will be held on April 14 at Antun's in Queens. This year we will honor Jim Troiola from New York. I anticipate that this year's dinner will be a sell out. I am asking all posts to start thinking about how many tables they will need for this year's dinner. We need to commit in January on how many tables our county will be purchasing. If you don't get your tickets early this year, there is a good chance you will not be able to purchase tickets at a later date. Please remember, since the National Commander is from our home state, this event will sell out fast!

Please email Chairperson Mike Pankowski at with the number of tickets any one individual or posts will need. Tables seat 10 people. I will contact all at a later date in regards to payment.

I appreciate your early help on this great event.

Thank you

Michael Pankowski

Chairperson National Commander Dinner Tickets

Minutes and Reports of County Meeting September 9, 2022

Please see link below to Minutes and Reports

County Meeting Minutes 09 09 2022
County Meeting Reports I 09 09 2022

County Meeting Reports II 09 09 2022

Minutes and Reports are also available on our website at
Message from Dept. of NY Adjutant Jim Casey

I know that many of you have questions regarding the recently passed NYS gun law and how it will affect our use of ceremonial rifles in our Parades , ceremonies and funerals. I sent an email to all the members of the NYS Senate and Assembly Veterans committee and received the below response.
I have also emailed the NYS governor asking for her help with this problem and have not yet received a response. This new law is also adversely affecting our Junior Shooting program and I urge you to write to your NYS representatives and request that we be given an exemption from this law to allow us to continue our normal activities.

Good Morning Jim--
I spoke with our council staff and they noted that it would depend--
Section 265.01-e prohibits firearms in "sensitive locations" - the list is extensive and includes public parks, religious sites or public sidewalk during a "special event" that has been issued a permit for such time or event by a governmental entity (I'd assume this would include parades). However, private cemeteries are not included so rifles could be used at a ceremony at a private cemetery - we're not sure if public cemeteries are defined as public parks (I doubt it) so they likely could be use at public cemeteries too. Keep in mind, Some cemeteries are on church property and religious sites are sensitive locations so under the letter of the new law they may be prohibited from carrying firearms on that property.
Additionally, there is an exception for active military personnel to carry firearms so they could carry them in the sensitive locations if they are a part of a parade or ceremony in a public park.
I know this isn't a perfect answer, but this is our interpretation at this time.
Logan Eddy
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Patty Ritchie
“ Pro Deo et Patria “
James W. Casey
Certification of Officer Records Reports Still Outstanding
The following posts have STILL not submitted their requires Certification of Officer Records Reports.

1st Division Posts 360, 1015, 1120 
2nd Division Posts 365, 411, 1039, 1146, 1152, 1635
3rd Division Posts 269, 352, 1533, 1766, 1888, 1633, 1845
4th Division Posts 273, 281, 803, 1045 , 
5th Division Posts 419, 433, 580, 834, 924, 1545

Submission of these reports is not optional. Submission of this form is required .This information is also needed to complete our County Directory.

Post Commanders please get these sent to Adjutant Jim Beecher ASAP:
549 Lombard St. N. Babylon, NY 11703

Also send a copy to Department of NY at  Park Blvd. Troy NY 12180 

Please click on flyer above for flyer and directions and map of the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Women's Military Service Award Ceremony Oct 15
Long Island Air Force Association will be honoring  Long Island residents with medals in a ceremony on October 15, 2022
Cradle of Aviation. 1 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY
See link to flyer HERE.
Night at The Races Post 1006
The American Legion Riders of Post 1006 will host a Night at The Races fundraiser on October 8. 2022. Please see link to flyer HERE for details. 

American Legion Weekly Legislative Status Update

September 16, 2022

Katie Isaacson
| Legislative Coordinator, Legislative Division
a: 1608 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006 |

t: 202-263-2995  |  m: 415-686-1629
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Suffolk County American Legion
Veterans Peer-to-Peer Program

The purpose of the Veterans Peer-to-Peer Program is to help our veterans resolve their problems by giving them a place to go for that help. To understand how our program works is simply demonstrated and explained in the following illustration. The veteran takes a glass of water (which represents stress) in his/her hand, and while standing up, holds it out straight in front. The longer it’s held, the heavier the stress gets. A veteran peer comes along beside the veteran holding the glass, and seeing the stress, the veteran peer makes the veteran comfortable by helping him/her to sit down in a chair. This also lowers the height of the outstretched arm holding the glass, making it easier for the peer to hold the arm with the glass and reduce the stress. However, there is still stress. Then along comes a clergy who takes the glass of water (stress) away. Thus, the stress is relieved.

The Veterans Peer-To-Peer Program Was Established by the Suffolk County, New York American Legion to Reach Out and Help Our Fellow Veterans
For more information see:

Or call Rev Fred Miller at 631-395-4646
For More Information Contact Suffolk County Department of Labor
Weekly SCNY Job Orders Aug 17

 If you are interested in receiving any assistance preparing an application for one of these positions, please feel free to reach out to the Suffolk County Department of Labor at 631-853-6600. They offer the following services FREE OF CHARGE:
  • Resume Preparation
  • Interview Practice
  • Career Pathway Counseling
  • Professional Certifications/Classes
  • Wardrobe Updates
Need proper business attire for your next job interview or job fair?
Career Couture
Suffolk County NY FORWARD
a virtual career and talent portal that is part of the Department of Labor. The portal will link job seekers with Suffolk County businesses that need workers. Veterans will get first priority for these jobs, as the county wants to honor those who have served the nation with a 24-hour hold on these postings

Facebook - Suffolk County Department of Labor
Suffolk County Department of Labor has a Facebook page with current job listings. Like and follow for career opportunities:

Suffolk County Civil Service Exams E Filing
Current List of Exams.

NY State Dept of Labor Jobs Express
Below are current job openings in New York's 10 regional economies. New Yorkers can view the region they live in, see which industries are growing and find out what jobs are available in that economic sector. Job opening numbers are updated frequently.

VetCentral Job Announcements
From Massapequa Employment Center Nassau County Workforce Partnership
Over 800 local jobs are listed on this site.

VetsWork by Long Island Cares
This program provides help for veterans seeking employment by assisting with creating a resume, writing a cover letter, learning interview skills and more. For more information, please call Fern Summer at (631) 824-6385 (email at or Michael H
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