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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

    Limited Virtual Mid-Winter Conference Is Jan. 23

    Zoom conferencing

    The Department of New York will hold a limited virtual Mid-Winter Conference on Saturday, Jan. 23, starting at 11 a.m., Department Commander Michael McDermott and Department Adjutant James Casey announced.

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  • Monday, January 11, 2021

    Boys State Goes Virtual This Summer

    New York American Legion Boys’ State takes place virtually this year – from June 27 to July 2, 2021.

    The week-long program immerses high school youth (currently completing their junior year) in citizenship and leadership development. They learn the practical aspects of government as it exists in New York State, and come to recognize that the individual is integral to the character and success of government.

    If you or a youth you know would like to apply, contact your local American Legion Post to inquire about sponsoring you to Boys State. Once a Post agrees to sponsor you, you will receive a notification to go ahead and submit the online application to this year’s Boys State program.

    More information and the application.

  • Saturday, January 09, 2021

    Legislative Update

    The Legion’s New York Legislative Committee provides an update on issues and what the Legion urges NY State to act on. See the Jan. 8th update here.

  • Wednesday, December 23, 2020

    Our Legion Family – It’s Like Christmas All Year Long

    Merry Christmas - Christmas Ornaments
    Dear American Legion Family,

    Mike McDermott

    Commander McDermott

    We pray that you are blessed this holiday season, especially as we enter the new year.

    Instead of being a year to fondly remember, 2020 has been one of unprecedented personal and family challenge because of the pandemic. Some might say it’s a year to forget.

    But I reflect on 2020 with some pride and inspiration because of all the good works that you  continue to do across New York State.

    Deeds like…

    • providing food, personal protective equipment and encouragement to first responders;

    • feeding and/or honoring older veterans;

    • helping to sponsor food pantries;

    • finding creative ways to conduct fundraisers for good causes;

    …all while wearing masks and social-distancing.

    So many of you in the Legion Family have turned adversity into opportunity. Your smiles may be hidden behind masks, but not your warmth and joy. It’s as if you have learned to live the Christmas spirit all year long.

    We pray that God blesses you and keeps you safe and healthy in 2021

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    — Michael McDermott, Commander, Department of New York.

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020

    Boys State Governor Writes Artificial Intelligence Legislation Passed by Congress

    2018-2019 Commander Gary Schacher and Nathan Wang

    2018-2019 Department of New York Commander Gary Schacher congratulates Nathan Wang on being elected Boys State governor.

    One might say Shuang Heng “Nathan” Wang has a passion for artificial intelligence (AI).

    It was the centerpiece of his campaign platform at the 2019 session of New York’s Boys State at SUNY Morrisville. It fueled his election as Boys State governor and propelled him to Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. While there he got to visit the office of Congressman Paul Tanko, D-Amsterdam, and he couldn’t resist handing over his proposed AI education legislation.

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  • Wednesday, December 02, 2020

    Mid-Winter Conference Cancelled

    The Department of New York had a “Plan B” for January’s Mid-Winter Conference in case the pandemic lingered. It would have been a mini-conference, with key officers and chairmen attending in person and others participating virtually.

    Jim Casey

    Adjutant James Casey

    But with the recent surges in COVID-19 cases across the state, especially in Albany County, the Department has decided to cancel the Mid-Winter Conference altogether.

    “Commander (Michael) McDermott and I spoke at length … and our main concern was the health and safety of our members,” Department Adjutant James Casey said.

    “We could not bring Legionnaires from across the state together and risk their lives.”

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