NYS State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to be honored for his veterans advocacy by the Museum of American Armor  

 Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will share awards program

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will be honored for his continued advocacy on behalf of veterans throughout the state during the annual gala dinner at the Museum of American Armor, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the evening of November 16th, when former New York City Police Commissioner and U.S. Marine veteran Ray Kelly will also be the recipient of the museum’s Military Heritage Award.

State Comptroller DiNapoli stated, “I am deeply honored to receive the museum’s Veterans Advocacy Award. New York is home to nearly 900,000 men and women who have served bravely to safeguard our freedom. Across the country and in our state, and from my own family’s experience, I know that we will forever be indebted to our veterans for their service and sacrifices. I will continue to support our military and their families as well as the programs that help them return to civilian life.”

The State Comptroller’s late father, Nicholas DiNapoli, who died this year at the age of 92, was an U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.

Former Commissioner Kelly to share Armor Museum honors

Joining State Comptroller DiNapoli during the ceremonies will be former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He led fellow Marines as a First Lieutenant, during the bloody, chaotic battles of Operation Harvest Moon that broke the back of a Viet Cong offensive south of Da Nang.  Upon returning home, Commissioner Kelly joined the Marine Reserves and retired with the rank of Colonel.  He is currently vice chairman of K2 Security and also serves on the Museum’s board.

The dinner is being chaired by former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato and co-chaired by Steve Napolitano, Senior Executive Vice President of AmTrust Title and President of the Direct Title Division; Michael Sapraicone, president and founder of Squad Security; and Eileen Daly-Sapraicone, Nassau County Associate Magistrate. Also serving as dinner co-chairs are Jan Burman and Steve Krieger of Bristal Assisted Living.

Two patriots deserving of recognition

Former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato stated, “Tom DiNapoli and Ray Kelly are two enormously dedicated individuals who have served the people of New York. But both have also been deeply committed to the welfare of our veterans, and by being honored by the Museum of American Armor, we are reminded just how effectively these two men have `led from the front’ on this issue.”

Mr. Kelly explained, “I accept this honor with the understanding that I am representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans who served in Vietnam during that conflict and those men and women who continue to serve in our military today. My experience was not unique, but the courage and valor of those I served with certainly was.”

Opened in cooperation with Nassau County and County Executive Edward P. Mangano, The Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, is a living tribute to every American who has worn the uniform and those who continue to defend our nation today during the ongoing War on Terror.

Nassau County Executive Mangano stated, “I cannot think of two people who deserve these honors more. I look forward to congratulating both of them.”

With some 35 operational armored vehicles, the museum is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10, adults; $7, and $7 for seniors, volunteer firefighters, children and veterans.