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AMVETS post eyed for Rotterdam

Local veterans seek to establish first post in county

County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara, far left, talks to members during the Rotterdam AMVETS meeting, from left, “E J” Knapik, of Glenville, Carl Petrone, of Duanesburg, and Michael McGrath, of Rotterdam, on Thursday, Dec. 29. The group decided to form a brand new post after debating whether to move Post 21 to Rotterdam.

County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara, far left, talks to members during the Rotterdam AMVETS meeting, from left, “E J” Knapik, of Glenville, Carl Petrone, of Duanesburg, and Michael McGrath, of Rotterdam, on Thursday, Dec. 29. The group decided to form a brand new post after debating whether to move Post 21 to Rotterdam. Photo by John Purcell.

— In order to form a chartered AMVETS post in Rotterdam the group needs 21 members.

Knapik was against delaying the process any further.

“We worked on it for two years and we couldn’t even get people as acting officers,” he said.

Santabarbara continued to stress he wants to get “buy-ins” from everyone in the group before moving forward.

Post 21 1st Vice Commander Carl Petrone weighed in, and the balance started to shift towards forming a new post.

“I gotta say myself, I’d like to see a new post myself, starting out fresh and I am a post member of 21, but I am not talking down the post,” Petrone, a Duanesburg resident said.

After some more spirited debate, the members felt they were starting to drum up interest. The holiday season, they thought, was slowing down the process, as people are preoccupied with family and festivities.

Petrone said he was confident the group would be able to get the minimum membership

“We’ll get to 21,” McGrath agreed.

The group’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Lodge No. 321 located at 2984 Hamburg St., in Rotterdam. Anyone interested in joining the proposed Rotterdam AMVETS post can contact Angelo Santabarbara by emailing asantabarbara001@nycap.rr.com. Dues for an annual membership are $30.

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ElizabethM 2 years, 6 months ago

I feel bad that these older gentlemen are being used as a political pawn by this politician. This politician is the poster boy of nonsense stories run in the Spotlight. Every issue shows him dressed all up and shaking hands, smiling with the pearly whites and schmoozing the voters. But what does this politician actually do other than play dress up and pretend he is "for" this or "for" that so that the Spotlight can run a story about his supposed doings. Does this politician own the paper or something??

As usual this politician is getting nothing done except getting free publicity about himself. My Father (also a veteran) taught me to spot a fake, and as an adult woman with teenaged girls, I am giving my daughters the same advice. Anyone this smooth is bad news.

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PeterG 2 years, 6 months ago

I cannot understand how you can really criticize SPC Santabarbara for this. The man served his nation proudly and now is working with others who did so to form a group of retired members of our armed forces to join together to continue the fraternal relationship they forged doing something most of us would never dare to do.

What's more, after serving his nation proudly, in uniform, he has decided to further benefit his community by holding elected office. What have you done lately to benefit your fellow man?

Far too often our elected officials don't do anything, they sit and collect a pay check and are ambivalent towards their purpose as elected officials. They are often criticized for this, and rightly so. Mr. Santabarbara is bucking that mold and should commended.

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