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October 6, 2016

Vets’ Summit Promotes Lively Dialogue Among Diverse Audience

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:13 pm

A retiring Congressman, a New York State Senator and more than 50 participants from across the state comprised a standing-room-only crowd for NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit on October 5.

Pictured l-r: Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook); Sergeant Major Michael Mack; NYS Senator George Amedore (R/C-46); Michael Abrams; and Thomas Rielly

Summit participants include New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

CBS6 News covered the Summit and aired a report that evening. Summit presenters included:

Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook), who is retiring from Congress after serving three terms in office. After retiring from the Army in 2010, Gibson was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014 to represent the 19th Congressional District. In Congress, Gibson served on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees.

NYS Senator George Amedore (R/C-46), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. He was elected to represent the 46th Senate District in November 2014; the District includes Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Greene and Ulster counties. Previously, he served as a member of the Assembly from 2007 to 2012.

Sergeant Major Michael Mack (Retired), national director for employment programs for Warriors4Wireless (W4W)

Thomas Rielly, employment chairman for The American Legion Department of New York

Michael Abrams, president and founder of Four Block, which will launch its Capital Region program this fall, with partners GE and The College of Saint Rose

Dan Casale also attended the Summit, on behalf of NYS Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43).

“It was an honor and privilege to be a part of the NYSID Veterans’ Summit,” Sergeant Major Michael Mack said. “Having dignitaries give presentations to provide insight into the outstanding initiatives our government is pursuing for our veterans was truly informative. The table in the back of the room for business cards and brochures was an excellent idea, serving as an opportunity to follow up with individuals to learn more about services they offer our veterans.”

For more information on NYSID’s veterans initiatives, visit: http://www.nysid.org/Veterans.cfm or https://www.facebook.com/NYSIDVeterans.


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