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Transit delivers for Larry Hanley

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Frank Cull

The NYC Transit Authority Emerald Society rolls in with news that the Society will honor labor leader Larry Hanley at its 37th anniversary dinner dance on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Original Antun’s in Queens Village.

President Jimmy Willis said: "Hanley is being honored as our 1998 Irishman of the Year for his outstanding record as a labor leader, his longtime association with our Emerald Society and his efforts as a community leader."

Hanley is president of Amalgamated Transit Union No. 726 and recently led the fight for equitable express bus fare for Staten Island residents. For more information on the affair, call Jimmy Willis at (718) 921-3572 or Gil Murphy at (516) 483-2360.

Nassau Sheriff’s installation

The Nassau County Sheriffs’ Emerald Society has announced the date for their combined installation of officers and Christmas dinner. It will be held on Dec. 18 at the Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, N.Y. For more information, call (516) 376-1425.

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Sharkey to retire?

The Grand Council of United Emerald Societies rumor mill has current president Brian Sharkey not running for re-election. A movement is under way to draft Bill Whelan for the spot. Whelan is currently the fire chief for the FDNY Emerald Society and the driving force behind the Battery Park edition of The Great Hunger Memorial.

Something in the water

The stork has swooped down on the NYC Fire Department Emerald Society Bagpipe Band family. Heading the list is their Pipe Major Tom McEnroe, Jr. and his wife, Maureen, who welcomed Ciaran Thomas. Kevin O’Hagan and his wife, Tina, piped daughter Tara home from the hospital, Over in the drum section, Ted Carstensen and his wife, Anne, welcomed son Timothy with a County Clare drum roll. Emerald congratulations to all.

Holy Trinity Centennial

Msgr. Thomas Leonard, pastor of Holy Trinity Church on West 82nd Street in Manhattan, is leading the celebration as the century-old church celebrates its centennial. On Sunday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m., Cardinal John O’Connor is scheduled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Mass. Msgr. Leonard is chaplain for the Grand Council of United Emerald Societies.

Get well, Jimmy, Bill

Fire Emerald best wishes for a speedy recovery to former Uniformed Firefighters Association President Jimmy Boyle, who was recently admitted to Syosset Hospital and underwent an appendectomy and a hernia operation. Boyle, who currently heads the Fire Safety Institute at John Jay College, was honored at the UFA’s 80th anniversary dinner for his service during two separate terms as union president and his constant advocacy on behalf of firefighters. His son Michael, a firefighter assigned to Engine Co. 33 in Manhattan, accepted the award for him. In 1991, Boyle was the Irishman of the Year for the Grand Council of United Emerald Societies.

Over in the police station, NYC Police Emerald Bill McAndrews is bouncing back after going 15 rounds with the doctor. The scrappy McAndrews is a legendary figure in the American Legion and unofficially known as the "Lord Mayor of Pearl River, N.Y."


The Bayonne, N.J., Police Emerald Society and Ocean County, N.J. Police Emerald Society both hosted "Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day" Irish hooleys.

NYC Police Emerald Eddie Mahoney, who is running for the presidency of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, was honored at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center’s 11th annual dinner dance.

John Williams, NYPD and Kenny Bohan, FDNY, took New York Finest and New York Bravest honors in the Chase Corporate Challenge 3.5 Mile Championships in Central Park.

NYC Police Dept. Emerald Society is the latest organization to move their meeting locations around the five boroughs. Their October meeting was held in the Bronx — a first!

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