Suffolk County American Legion
"News You Can Use"
July 13, 2022
County Commander's Message

Hi Everyone

Hope all is well with everyone I want to thank the riders and the members for attending the funeral in Babylon of David Marcus Coty a homeless veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force between 1967-1970. He had no family.

Great Job Everyone 🇺🇸.🇺🇸
     Steven Antonacci

News You Can Use
We are glad to publish news of events at posts throughout Suffolk County and any other events informing our members and other veterans. 

Putting a flyer on a Facebook page is will not reach many of your fellow veterans. A recent article, after the fact, appearing in Newsday describing the interment of a homeless veteran at Calverton National Cemetery is an example. If we had received the details of this event in advance, perhaps many more Legionnaires and other veterans might have been able to participate.

Your "News You Can Use" is sent to almost 400 Suffolk County Legionnaires on Wednesday (sometimes Thursday) each week. For very special events and where time is of the essence, we are happy to send out a special edition on any day of the week.

Thank you for your support,
Bob Santo
Correction Re: Boys State Governor
The name of the Boys State governor for 2022 sponsored by James Ely Miller Post 833 was mis-spelled in the June 27 "News You Can Use."

His name is Michael Teplansky
Good morning Dept Membership Team!,
    Welcome to July! The beautiful month in which we celebrate our Nations Independence.
  Also the month the American Legion starts it’s membership year.
Please remind everybody, as we start our 2023 membership year, we are still running parallel with our 2022 year.
  First we need to continue to bring back those expired members.
  Do Not give up on them, nor write them off as lost.
  Continue with Buddy Checks!
  If Posts are having outings this summer, ask them to reach out to the expired members to come down an enjoy.
  At the same time they can get them back into good standings with the American Legion.
  Maybe they’ll remember why they joined.
  Secondly, Now is the time to submit as many new members as you can for 2023.
  We all had a rough couple of years. God only knows we have lost some good members to post everlasting. We need to bring in as many and more than what we have unfortunately lost.
  People are getting out again. Grab a handful of membership applications. Put them in the glovebox. Picnics, car shows, carnivals, beaches, gun shows, fishing expos, race tracks. Veterans are all over.
  Over 700,000 veterans in NY alone.
  Sign them up now!
  We’re roughly 10% short on renewals at present
  1288 deceased last paid 2021, and 1251 deceased last paid 2022.
  Renew now (For 2023)
  Retain now ( expired 2022)
  Recruit now ( our future leaders)
  • Legionaries, let’s hit the ground running this year.
  • Lets break out of the old routine of playing catch-up.
  • Let’s set a goal of going to the top 15 in the Nation and staying there.
  • Let’s let every veteran know why they should belong to the American Legion!
  I look forward to seeing you at the Dept Convention in Binghamton.
  I will talk more there about how we finished in 2022 by Convention call.
  You all are some of the headrest, most dedicated men and women I have had the pleasure to work with. The camaraderie and friendship that we have is second to none
  I am in anticipation of an Outstanding membership Year!
  Thank you again for all your loyalty, and dedication you put toward membership in the American Legion.
  Keep up the great work!
  Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day!
  For God and Country,
  Gene Ordmandy jr
  Dept Membership Chairman
Team New York Proudly Presents J. “Jim” Troiola for National Commander!
Election Day is September 1, 2022!
Stop By the Campaign Table At the Department Convention Arena for Official Campaign Gear
For a Donation of $25 Get Your Official Campaign Cap (Caps are available in Blue/Tan and Black/Tan)

To Pre-Order Caps Multiple Caps for Yourself, Your Post, County, or District Please Send an Email to – we’ll have them ready for pick up!

We’ll also have Collared Shirts, T-Shirts and more…

For Those Attending National Convention:
The National Commander’s Victory Party for Team New York Will Be Held At The Milwaukee County War Memorial
September 1, 2022, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
We Hope to See You There!
2023 Membership Cards
Suffolk County Adjutant Jim Beecher is in contact with officials at the Department of New York. and asked at the State Convention as to where they were and was told there were paper shortages.

They will be mailed by National directly to the county commanders. We will advise when we learn where the membership cards are and when posts can expect to receive them. Please inform your members of this unfortunate delay.
On a Related Matter: PUFL Cards Delayed
Greetings from National Headquarters.

We’re contacting you to let you know that your 2023 annual PUFL card has been delayed this year due to issues with our paper supplier which has affected our production schedule.  At this point, we anticipate mailing the 2023 PUFL cards in the next 4-6 weeks.

Your membership record has been renewed for 2023 - - the issue is solely an unexpected printing delay.
Please accept our sincere apologies; we appreciate your understanding and patience.

Thank you.
Suffolk County American Legion County Meetings
(We apologize for the typos in last week's edition)
(Schedule is Subject to Change)

Date                                                    Post
September 2, 2022                             Donald C Munro Post 944
                                                            20 Thompson Ave, Kings Park NY 11754

October 7, 2022                                  Patchogue Post 269 Baker Street
                                                            Patchogue, NY 11772

November 4, 2022                              James Ely Miller Post 833
                                                            51 Juniper Avenue, Smithtown, NY  11787

December 2, 2022                              Rusy – Bohm Post 411
                                                            39 Nassau Avenue, Islip NY 11751

January 6, 2023                                   West Islip Post 1738
                                                            340 Union Blvd, West Islip NY 11795

February 3, 1023                                 Joseph Loeffler Post 1006
                                                            198 First Street, Brentwood NY  11717

March 3, 2023                                     Babylon Post 94
                                                            22 Grove Place, Babylon NY  11702

April 7, 2023                                        Smith Weaver Post 651
                                                            23 Foster Avenue, Sayville NY  11782

May 5, 2023                                        Wilson Rich Post 432
                                                            1450 Hallock Avenue, Port Jefferson Station NY  11776

Printable schedule may be downloaded here
Please pass this information on to all veterans -
Columbia Terrace Veterans Preference Housing Units Available!

After the first lottery round for the 14 units of Veterans Preferred Affordable condominiums, there are still 11 units left. The sales price for a 2-bedroom 2-bathroom unit is only 253,250.00, and a 1-bedroom 1- bathroom condo is $233,250.00!
 We need any and all veterans who might in any way be interested in being considered for this opportunity to fill out an inquiry form. Not an application / no obligation. This will be used to see if there is enough interest to proceed with another lottery in September. We urge you to review the guidelines and fill out this form at

Please pass this on to your fellow veterans! Let's not let this opportunity slip through our fingers. We want very available unit to  house a veteran!

Please read the letter attached below from Angel Cepeda, Director of the Huntington Community Development Agency.
EMail from Angel Cepeda
Sail Ahead Veterans' Sailing Day - Save the Date
Register now!
LogoSailAhead and the Centerport Yacht Club Partner for the sixth year for a Veterans’ Sailing day!
This year SailAhead will be having their 6th Annual Take a Veteran Sailing Event at Centerport Yacht Club!
Over the last two years, COVID-19 has prevented us from getting veterans out on the water at-scale. This year we are resuming our sailing programs.

The event date this year is Sunday, July 31st.
We will be honoring SPC Ryan James Day, an Army Ranger from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Army Regiment (along with all Our Mates). Ryan died by suicide at 21 years old, on December 15, 2014.

The day’s schedule is tentative, but will look something like this:
12:00 PM: Veterans and Guest arrive at Centerport YC for sign in.

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Ceremony will commence when guests and veterans are signed in. We will board the boats immediately after the ceremony.

5:00 – 5:30 PM: Weather depending, we head back to the docks where a BBQ and live music will be waiting for us.

7:00 PM: Event ends.

To learn more about SailAhead and our mission, visit our website here. To learn more about Our Mates, click here.
To register fill out waiver at link below and mail to:
Kilian Duclay
32 Greenhills Rd.
Huntington Station, NY 11746 or Email to:
Waiver PDF
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The American Legion Email Advisory
Email Impersonation Attacks

Whether you are NHQ staff or a volunteer of the American Legion be aware that threat actors are always looking for ways to compromise your work or personal email accounts. The American Legion is purposefully an open organization both in its public relations and veterans’ assistance programs. All post, department, and national positions who communicate electronically are at risk of being targeted. Sometimes those attacks come from already compromised email accounts. The message you receive may look very real at first look. 

**BEFORE you take action on a request, be certain the email you received was authored by the apparent the sender. If the message looks somewhat wrong, feels not quite right, or asks for something out of character, verify it with the sender.

What we have seen:
I need a few gift cards or some form of electronic money: 
Threat actors or scammers, will attempt to push the recipient to buy gift cards and send the account numbers for the cards over email or SMS (texting) Often the scammer will ask you to send them a text so they can move to a different communication channel. We have also had scammers text first and then move to email. 

Please log in to see this very important document:
This ruse is used most often to dupe the recipient into logging into a fake site. This may be an email host site (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) or Office 365 depending on what the threat actor knows about the recipient. Once you have logged into this fake site you find there is a junk document. The bad guy now has your account credentials and will be harvesting your messages and contacts and sending out further scams from your mailbox.

If you are in doubt of a message’s validity when the sending address is a known value, try contacting the requestor outside of the email address they use to send. A phone conversation can be the best method to uncover attacks that are in play. 

At NHQ we have implemented security measures that alert us immediately when a staff account has been compromised. We have also added multi-factor authentication that prevents a threat actor from logging in even if they have “learned” a user’s password.

We recommend that you set up multifactor authentication for your personal email, financial, and other online accounts containing personal data.

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
Suffolk County Department of Labor Job Listings

Weekly SCNY Job Orders June 23

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 attaire 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 Haynes at (631) 824-6386.
For More Information Contact Suffolk County Department of Labor
Questions or Comments? Reply to Bob Santo at this e mail or send to
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