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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Richfield Springs Student Is 2020 State Oratorical Champ

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    Victor Gelfuso

    ALBANY — Victor Gelfuso, a senior at Richfield Springs Central School in Richfield Springs, New York, is The American Legion New York State Oratorical Champion for 2020, Oratorical Chairman Anthony Paternostro announced.

    This year’s contest was conducted on March 14, 2020 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, New York instead of the Sand Creek Middle School in Albany due to the school closing during the coronavirus state of emergency.  The only people allowed at the contest finals were the contestants and their families, Chairman Paternostro’s working crew, and a few Legionnaires.

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  • Department Bowling Tournament Canceled

    MALONE — The 71st Annual New York State American Legion Family Bowling Tournament has beeen canceled due to the coronavirus state of emergency.

    The tournament had been scheduled to take place over four weekends in April and May, 2020, and was being hosted by American Legion Post 219 of Malone.

  • Friday, March 13, 2020

    Legion Closes Offices in Albany, Buffalo and New York City Due to Coronavirus Spread in State


    Due to the increasing severity of the coronavirus in New York State, I have ordered the offices in Albany, Buffalo and New York City to close  and reopen on March 23rd.

    Our employees are the most dedicated group of individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with and their health and safety is always upmost in my mind.

    If you need to contact me please email me at as I will be working from home. We will be having the Albany office thoroughly cleaned while we are out and plan to be back at work on the 23rd.

    “ Pro Deo et Patria “
    James W. Casey
    Department of New York


  • Legion Restricts Oratorical Contest Access, Closes Office to Visitors


    With an abundance of caution, I have altered the Oratorical contest format. The contest dinner attendance on Friday night (March 13) has been reduced from 65 attendees to 35 and the breakfast guests on Saturday morning (March 14) has also been reduced.

    The contest on Saturday will be restricted to the contestants, their families, judges and a small contingent of contest assistants; no Legionnaires or guests will be permitted. 

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  • NY Legion Family Visits Capitol Hill in D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A delegation of Legion Family members from New York, led by Department Commander Mike McDermott, participated in The American Legion’s Washington Conference March 8-11.

    Department Auxiliary President Linda Tome and Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Commander Dennis George were part of the delegation.

    Commander McDermott took time to place a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then laid at wreath at the Korean War Monument with Detachment Commander George. The SAL commander also laid a wreath with the NY delegation at the World War II Monument in honor of his father.

    Delegation members made a point of bringing the Legion’s legislative priorities to their Congressional representatives in visits to their offices.

    On the last day of the conference, National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford presented a three-step mission to lawmakers during a joint session of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.

    LEGION Family visits office of Rep Tom Reed

    A contingent of NY members visit the Washington office of Congressman Tom Reed (R, NY-23). Among them are Department President Linda Tome (4th from left), Past Department Commander Rena Nessler (next to Congressman Reed), and Past Detachment Commander James Coates (right).

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    Legionnaire Robert Neville visits with Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), along with Vada Kirsch, a former Girl’s Stater and winner of the Samsung Scholarship.


  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Press Assn. Offers Communications Contest, Scholarships

    Members of the Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion may enter the annual communications contest sponsored by the New York American Legion Press Association (NYALPA).

    Cover of NYALPA Voice, Spring 2020 issueIn addition, students and veterans may apply for $1,000 NYALPA scholarships.

    The contest recognizes the work done by members in a number of categories, such as newsletters, editorials, websites, social media, scrapbooks, visual media.

    April 15 is the deadline for submitting entries in the communications contest. It is also the deadline for applying for scholarships.

    For details, check out the NYALPA webpage or the NYALPA Voice.