2nd Annual Vets Hall of Fame

Brewster, N.Y. – (11/08/2013) – The picks are in! Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, asked towns, villages and cities throughout his district to nominate a veteran to be inducted into the 40th Senate District’s 3rd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Senator Ball is now happy to announce the 3rd class of veterans will be officially accepted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6 PM hosted at the Mahopac Falls Elementary, 100 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 10541.

“I created the Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individuals who have nobly and selflessly served the United States of America. Nominated by their communities, these heroic men and women have pursued a distinguished path in both their military and civilian lives, demonstrating admirable qualities and reaching great achievements worthy of this recognition,” said Senator Greg Ball. “These extraordinary veterans devoted their lives to a cause greater than one’s self, nobly dedicating themselves to preserving the safety and freedom of the American people through acts of courage, honor and integrity.”

Each veteran honored at the ceremony will also be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities and schools throughout the 40th district.

The complete list of the 3rd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame Nominees along with pictures and biographies:

Beekman, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Richardson

Brewster, Staff Sgt. Steven Mattson

Buchanan, Chief Fire Controlman Ralph Anderson

Buchanan, Corporal Joseph Occhipinti

Carmel, Yeoman 3rd Class Yvonne Rustico

Carmel, Captain Edmund Francis Duncan (Posthumously)

Cortlandt, Fire Control 3rd Class George Price

Croton-On-Hudson, Gunners Mate 3rd Class Joseph Turturro

Hawthorne, Sergeant E-5 Giuseppe “Joe” Tanzi

Kent, Staff Sergeant Charles Connor

Lewisboro, Private First Class Daniel Sant

Montrose, Private First Class Paul Raphael

Mt. Kisco, Corporal John Hvisch

Mt. Pleasant, Petty Officer Ronald Rose

Mt. Pleasant, Corporal Edmund Burke

New Castle, Staff Sergeant Mark Blindman

North Salem, Sergeant Andrew Sandor

Patterson, Sergeant Anthony Nacerino

Pawling, Sergeant Michael Kelly

Peekskill, Corporal Charles Wassil, Jr. (Posthumously)

Pleasantville, Captain Scott Elliott

Putnam Valley, Specialist 4th Class Charles Monte

Putnam Valley, Specialist Laurence Gibbs

Somers, Private First Class Nicholas Lapenna

Southeast, Tech-5 Class Donald Pippin

Yorktown, Sergeant Dimitri Sywyk

Yorktown, Sergeant William Lewis


For more information, please contact (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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