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.
continued 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Dues for an annual membership are $30.