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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 

It’s hard to believe that this is my final message as president of the Nassau Chapter; it has been a very busy year with a bunch of new firsts. One year is not a long time in this job, so new ideas and initiatives must be conceived early, moved on, and carried on by others when a president leaves office.

During the year, with the board’s support, we reinstituted the Sponsorship Committee, as a more formal way of bringing sponsorship to the chapter for its committees and events.  We have been successful in getting new member lists from the NYSSCPA so we can reach out to them. We are in the process of planning a member appreciation event to draw more members to active involvement in the chapter, as well as a membership survey so that we can determine how to improve the chapter activities and leadership. We moved the All-Day Accounting and Auditing event to a weekday and are moving in that direction for the All-Day Tax Conference as well. We now (for the first time) have had tax seminars videoed for rebroadcast at the chapter, something I’m sure we will be using many times in the future. The Society has also streamlined the contract-approval process for chapter committee events. We created a new level of sponsorship for the Installation Dinner. We’ve brought in another nonprofit to benefit from our programs, the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). We are looking into a sponsorship for our annual Ethics event to offset the fee increase from the Society. The Society has indicated that it will bring our ideas forward about the concept of internship credits for fifth-year accounting students; a dual membership structure for non-CPAs in a firm, and a higher fee for non-CPAs not affiliated with the profession; new data analytics topics to be offered by the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE); and a rethinking of the new Ethics course fee model.

It took a few years, but we’ve finally organized our events and finances with new systems and software. It has significantly improved attendance at events and is now an invaluable resource for our chapter. It took a lot of work from committee chairs, board members and Vivian Levy and Kathleen Becker to get us to where we are now, and for that I am grateful. This year, we formed new partnerships with some other organizations and stronger bonds with the ones we always had partnerships with. Our relationship with the Suffolk Chapter of the NYSSCPA, the National Conference of CPA Practitioners (NCCPAP) and the Nassau Bar Association has never been better.

Over the past year, our 22 committees have held over 35 education meetings. In addition, we held the Ellen Gordon Run/Walk, the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) event, the Annual Golf Outing, the Attorney/Accountants Networking event, two Networking with Accountant events, and a Student Night/Job Fair, Our events supported nonprofit efforts such as the COAP Program, the NYSSCPA Moynihan Scholarship Fund, Island Harvest and the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). I am privileged and honored to have been able to serve with so many dedicated and caring individuals as executive board members, directors, committee chairs, volunteers, speakers and others who help the chapter do what we do.

On May 30 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Alexander Resnick will be installed as the 65th president of the Nassau Chapter. It promises to be a great night of celebration, networking and fun. Alex will be busy this next year fulfilling many new initiatives that our executive board has approved. I hope you will be as supportive to him as I am.

We are also installing our new officers: President-Elect Natalie Verbanac, Vice President Geri A, Gregor, Treasurer Vivian Martinez and Secretary Mark R. Cuccia. The directors for the 2018-2019 year are: Wei Xu, Jean David Chery, Jarred R. Berman, Iola Damante, Kristina M. Albarella, Jack Angel, Craig Morris, and Alyssa G. Popov. Congratulations to all who are being honored. I want to thank Nanette Watts, Kenneth H. Rick and Kenneth Hauptman who served as directors for the past two years. I would also like to thank the President’s Advisory Committee, Past Presidents Scott Sanders and Elizabeth “Lisa” Haynie.

Two people will also be honored at the dinner on May 30. Rita J. Buttermilch will receive the Sam Traum Award, an award given to an individual who promotes education and advancement of young people. Rita has been an accounting and taxation professor at SUNY Westbury for many years and a member of the Cooperation with Higher Education Committee for the chapter as well. Her contributions to the education and advancement of students is remarkable and, now, award-winning. Our chapter will also be bestowing its Appreciation Award to Vivian Levy, someone who works tirelessly for the chapter by putting together the very newsletter you are reading; organizing the efforts for the sponsorship, the journal and other important aspects of the Installation Dinner each and every year; and putting together financial reports for the treasurer. It’s amazing how much she accomplishes for us. The chapter could not run as efficiently as it does without Vivian’s years of dedication, and for that we are eternally grateful.

We have the golf outing on Aug. 9 and the Ellen Gordon walk/run on July 12. Also, we will be assisting NCCPAP in honoring Susan Gallo in the Gallo 2nd Annual Blood Drive on July 14. We will be holding our organizational meeting for committee chairs on June 7.

We also had some sad news recently in the chapter, in that another of my long-time friends, colleague and fellow Hofstra professor Harold Finkelstein, passed away. Harold was a very successful tax attorney who spent many years at the IRS as chief of the Long Island Appeals office before retiring to practice on “the other side.” He was a fixture at many Nassau Chapter events and will be missed by many who were blessed  not just to be in his circle, but also to be his friend.

Thank you for the honor and opportunity to serve as the 64th president of the Nassau Chapter of the NYSSCPA. Looking back, I tried to make changes for the long-term benefit of the chapter, particularly to draw young people in to make the chapter a more inviting opportunity for younger professionals to become part of. I tried to personally go to as many chapter events and committee meetings as I could. In the end, I did what I came here to do, I started the discussion about the disconnect that I saw between the profession and the university and sought to build a bridge between the two. We now have a Student Night and Job Fair with almost 140 students and 16 firms recruiting; we have a seat at the board for student chapters; we have a new student chapter in the works; and we have some ideas that the Society is taking up as it relates to the college student. As I leave the presidency now, I was asked to fill a seat on the New York State Board for Public Accountancy and will be considering that as the next way to best serve the profession that has been so good to me.

I made a promise at my installation dinner that I would not let you down and hope that I fulfilled that promise.

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Nassau Chapter Taxation of S Corporations, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies - Part 2
8/22/2018 8:00:00 AM
Sweet Hollow Diner, Melville
Nassau Chapter GAAP and Lease Standards Update
9/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
Mazars USA, LLP, Woodbury
Nassau Chapter NextGen Accountants Kickball Event
10/17/2018 5:00:00 PM
Christopher Morley Park at Field #2, Roslyn
Nassau Chapter Student CPA fest
11/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
Chateau Briand, Carle Place

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

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