2002-01-19 / Columnists

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Steve Cooper Installed As Commander of the Jewish War Veterans
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Steve Cooper Installed As Commander of the Jewish War Veterans

On Sunday January 6, 2002 we were delighted to be invited to the installation of Steve Cooper as the new Commander of the Jewish War Veterans. The formal ceremonies were held at Temple Beth El on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Steve Cooper is a recognized leader in our community and in the city. Steve inspires people to follow his lead. He is the type of person who has an astute mind and works well with people to achieve common goals. He has that extra quality of caring for his fellow men and women. Steve has an excellent record of service as the former elected Democratic State Committeeman for the 23rd Assembly District. He should run for public office. He easily assesses what his constituents need and quickly moves to solve problems.

Steve Cooper is a graduate of the City College/CUNY program in electrical engineering. The engineering curriculum at City College is one of the best in NYS. They always receive special funding. They have a very selective admissions policy. They only accept the best and the brightest.

Steve Cooper currently serves as a project manager for the New York City Transit Authority. He is using his engineering skills to improve the city of New York.

Currently Steve Cooper is serving as an elected officer in his union. His colleagues elected him as the financial secretary of the Civil Service Technical Guild, Local 375. Steve has a long and illustrious career as an elected officer in his union: He is willing to fight for the needs of his fellow workers and they value his successful efforts. This is proven by the fact that his colleagues continue to vote for him to serve as a union officer.

In our community Steve is the President of the Frank Avenue Civic Association and is a member of Community Planning Board 14. Steve is an ardent advocate for positive change in his neighborhood. As the President of the Frank Avenue Civic Association, Steve brings elected officials to his meetings to have them discuss their efforts on behalf of the community and to have the residents and members bring their concerns to the attention of the elected officials. In the Fall, I attended a meeting of the Frank Avenue Civic at which Steve had invited Helen Marshall, the new Queens Borough President to address the group. Helen is very aware of the Rockaways and the Mainland. She is interested in promoting economic development in our areas. In addition, education is a high priority with Helen. She is working to address the overcrowding in our schools and to raise the standards.

As of the January 6th installation Steve Cooper is beginning his third term as the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Bernard H. Weiner

Post 258. During his term in office Steve will be looking to develop a closer relationship between the American Legion and the Jewish War Veterans. He is also interested in sponsoring more visits to the Veterans Hospital. He will also be bringing outstanding speakers to the meetings.

Steve Cooper was in lower Manhattan on that terrible day when the planes hit the World Trade Center. A photographer captured his picture in the vicinity of the crash. This picture has been circulated widely. It depicted panic in the streets around the World Trade Center. The crash caused a loud deep roar similar to an elevated train. Someone in the street yelled, "Run for your life!" People were running from the falling building. This photo has been printed in Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Readers Digest and People Magazine.

Steve Cooper was joined at the Jewish War Veterans ceremony by Janet and Jessica Rashes. They pinned Steve with the ceremonial insignia of the Commander. He was also joined by Irving Weiner, the preceding post Commander, Larry Eichen, the Chief of Staff of the post and a former Queens County Commander, Sara Berger, the current Jewish War Veterans Queens County Commander, Barbara Larkin, President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Brian Hefferman of West End Reality, Richard Berger EMS, Eugene Pasternak, Community Planning Board 14, and Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader.

Lots of luck to Steve as he assumes the command of the Jewish War Veterans Bernard Weiner Post. Steve Cooper is inviting anyone who has served in the Armed Forces or is a veteran of a foreign war to join the Bernard H. Weiner Post. They meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month for a breakfast meeting at 9:00 AM at Temple Beth El on Beach 121st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Dr Geraldine Chapey congratulates Steve Cooper on his installation as the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Bernard Weiner Post. Also, pictured are Richard Berger, Barbara Larkin, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Larry Eichen, Irving Weiner, Brian Heffernan, Sara Berger, Jessica Rashes and Janet Rashes.

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