A Lifetime of Service

July 11, 2018  
Awards Ceremony
Battery Gardens
1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Honoring Veterans Who Make NY Better
Event Description

City & State will publish the fourth annual print & digital publication dedicated to NY’s veterans and active service members. This special publication will feature the profiles of 5 outstanding Veterans & Military service members, who have bravely served our country and continue to serve New York whom we will honor and celebrate at our awards breakfast.



Networking Breakfast


Welcome Remarks


Keynote Speaker:  Honorable Charles Rangel, a Korean War veteran and one of the longest-serving members of Congress

  • How New York is Helping its Veterans

As the United States remains involved in conflicts overseas, the veteran community back at home continues to grow. As a result, New York is seeing an ever more diverse group of veterans with a variety of needs to be met. While nonprofits and local organizations provide some level of support, state and city government are a major resource for funding and programs to provide assistance. Where is the government succeeding, and where could it be doing more? What legislation is pending and what would it do to help? Are the agencies created to assist veterans doing enough?

  • Grace Segers, Web Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
  • Michael Bocchini, Deputy Director for the Division of Veterans’ Affairs
  • State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Ranking Member, Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
  • Assemblymember Michael G. DenDekker, Chair, Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • Councilman Chaim Deutsch, Chair, Committee on Veterans

Meeting SDVOB Goals

New York’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) Program aims to increase economic participation for service-disabled veterans by fostering contracting opportunities. But many SDVOBs still struggle to get the help they need in order to maximize their role in the state’s economy. What is New York state doing to support this program and what more could still be done

  • Joe Bello, Secretary, NYC Veterans Advisory Board (moderator)
  • Michael J. Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, MTA State of New York
  • Ken Williams, Executive Director, Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development, NYS OGS
  • Christopher Bennett, MWBE Liaison / Compliance Manager, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
  • Anthony Peterson. Director of Diversity Programs/MWBE Compliance Officer. Battery Park City Authority 
  • Jahmeliah Nathan, Chief Diversity Officer, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery 

Awards Presentation to 5 Veterans Still Serving New York

  • Judge Lucian A. Vecchio, Administrative Law Judge
  • Dennis Enrique Torres, Veteran Outreach Specialist, Queens College - City University of New York
  • Kristen L. Rouse, Founding Director, NYC Veterans Alliance
  • Michael Abrams, Founder, Four Block & Executive Director, Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration
  • James William Hendon, Director, NYU Veterans Future Lab

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Senator Bill Larkin, Assistant Majority Leader For House Operations, New York Senate


Event Concludes

Silver Sponsors
Media Partners