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The NYSSCPA would like to thank Nassau Chapter member Scott Sanders for being a 2016-2017 Chapter Champion!

By Anthony Basile Ph.D., CPA, CVA, CFE

Nassau Chapter President 

With summer coming to an end and fall quickly approaching, it’s hard to believe that almost three months have passed since the Installation Dinner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended, sponsored, supported, and/or worked tirelessly to make A Bridge From Academia to Practice the spectacular night it was, where the profession and education celebrated together. I want to especially thank my predecessor Lynne Fuentes and Vivian Levy for their generosity and patience in helping me organize the event, and Neil Katz, the best emcee around.

As the 64th President of the Nassau Chapter, I look forward to working with the committees, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee for a busy and productive year. We are also working much more closely with the Suffolk Chapter than ever before to plan joint events, provide assistance to struggling committees and to create a new vision for the Long Island Accounting community. Thank you to the Suffolk Chapter President, Amanda Sexton for helping me to move our chapters closer together. On September 19, the Litigation & Forensic Service Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Suffolk Chapter counterpart at the offices of Nawrocki Smith in Melville. The Networking with Accountants Committee will host a joint breakfast networking event with the Suffolk Chapter on October 18, and on November 10, the Accountant & Auditing Committee will hold a joint A & A update with the Suffolk Chapter at the Radisson Hotel in Brentwood. Additional details can be found on page 3, and on the Chapter’s website, 00LinkedIn, and Facebook pages.

I’d like to thank Scott Sanders and Lisa Haynie for serving as the President’s Advisory Committee. I am happy and honored that they will be guiding me as the Chapter makes positive changes.

We started the Chapter year on June 17 with the Annual Ellen Gordon CPAs 4(a): Cause 5K Run/Walk to End Hunger at Eisenhower Park. I would like to recognize and thank our partners in this event and good friends, the National Conference of CPA Practitioners (NCCPAP). 100% of the net profits go to Island Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. This year we collected over $6,000 to go to Island Harvest. Thank you to Ken Rick for his continued leadership in such an important annual event for the chapter.

The Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program hosted a five-day event for students at Adelphi University that started on June 24 and culminated in a banquet on June 28. The keynote speaker was none other than our Past President Lynne Fuentes, who inspired the crowd with a great family story about overcoming adversity. This year, our program included several diverse events, from business technology to business communication and etiquette.

In August there were two golf events for the Chapter. Our Networking with Accountants Annual Golf Outing was held on August 17 at North Hills Country Club. We had a beautiful day on the course and the banquet afterward was unparalleled, as usual. It was a great day of networking and golf. Thank you to Neal Korenberg, Carol Pinto and their firm for always putting together a great outing for the Chapter. On August 22, our Next Gen Committee held their inaugural Golf Workshop Networking Event at Harbor Links Golf Course. It was well attended, especially for an inaugural event and looks to be an event to look forward to for many summers to come. Thank you to co-chairs Wei Xu, Jean David Chery, Garrick Turano and Alyssa Popov for taking the initiative and for running such a great event.

On July 8, many of our chapter members as well as Suffolk Chapter members supported the Blood Drive that our friends at NCCPAP organized in the memory and in Honor of Susan Gallo. It was a beautiful day and the event collected over 50 pints of much needed blood. Thank you to all who came and gave blood, support or helped in any small way, it was very much appreciated.

At the Installation Dinner and in the spirit of “building a bridge to academia,” I announced that the Robert Katz Endowment in Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies will be established in perpetuity in memory of the significant contributions that Bob Katz made to Hofstra University, the fields of accounting/taxation and the tremendous reputation he had established in the Long Island Accounting community. Bob was a Distinguished Professor at Hofstra University, an Honorary Alumnus and an outstanding business and community leader. Bob Katz was my mentor, my colleague, my co-worker, but much more importantly he was my friend. There are so many accountants in the Long Island community that owe their careers or a good chunk of what they know to Bob Katz and this is a way to give back in Bob’s name. Please consider supporting this endowment and help us keep Bob’s legacy alive at Hofstra. The information appears on the pledge card on page 17 of the newsletter. Checks can be made payable to Hofstra University – memo line Katz Endowment or online at: (Please check with your employer about your company’s matching gift policy.) During my Presidency, I will be reminding you in each President’s message to help get the word out to support this effort.

I am looking forward to a great year of cooperation with other Chapters and other professional organizations, continued collegiality with the greatest chapter members in the State Society and a slate of officers and directors who welcome innovation, new programs and ideas. We are looking to improve on what we do for greater involvement by members. Please feel free to email me at with any thoughts or suggestions you have for improving our chapter and I will bring the suggestions to our Board directly for consideration.

Thank you for the honor of being your President.


Anthony Basile Ph.D., CPA, CVA, CFE
Nassau Chapter

Nassau Chapter 2017-2018 Nominating Committee Report


Chair: Robert Barnett, CPA, Esq.
Scott Sanders, CPA
Elizabeth Haynie, CPA

The Nominating Committee is proud to announce the Slate for the 2017-2018 Year:


PRESIDENT Anthony Basile, CPA
VICE PRESIDENT Natalie Verbanac, CPA
TREASURER Geri Gregor, CPA SECRETARY Vivian Martinez, CPA


Kristina Albarella, CPA Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Jarred R. Berman, CPA Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Mark R. Cuccia, CPA Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Iola Damante, CPA  Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Nannette Watts, CPA One-year Term ending 5/31/18
Kenneth Rick, CPA One-year Term ending 5/31/18
Kenneth Hauptman, CPA One-year Term ending 5/31/18
Wei Xu, CPA  One-year Term ending 5/31/18


PRESIDENT Anthony Basile, CPA.

The election will take place at the board meeting to be held on April 19, 2017 at 8AM at the Empress Diner 2490 Hempstead Tpke East Meadow, NY

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Accounting for Leases - Implementing the FASB Standards Update, ASU 2016-02
10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
Deloitte, Jericho
Business and Industry Conference - Nassau/Suffolk
10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
Empire National Bank, Islandia
The Psychology of Business Development & How to Differentiate Yourself in a Networking Environment
10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
Milleridge Inn, Jericho
Deferred Taxes & Statement of Cash Flows
10/24/2017 6:30:00 PM
Marks Paneth LLP, Woodbury
The Vital Role of Marketing In Succession Planning
10/27/2017 8:00:00 AM
On Parade Diner, Woodbury
New Partnership Audit Rules Effective for Partnership Tax Years Beginning After December 31, 2017
11/1/2017 6:00:00 PM
Marks Paneth LLP, Woodbury
Nassau Chapter Student CPA Fest
11/2/2017 2:30:00 PM
Chateau Briand, Carle Place
Joint Nassau/Suffolk Accounting and Auditing Conference
11/10/2017 8:30:00 AM
Radisson Hotel Hauppauge - Long Island, Brentwood

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Chartered November 5, 1953, this chapter encompasses the county of Nassau.
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The presiding President of the Nassau Chapter is Anthony Basile.

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