By Francis J. Patti, P.E.

Frank PattiFrancis J. Patti, P.E.

The Met Section News, probably in the fall of 1970, had an item requesting an expression of interest in forming a branch of the ASCE Met Section on Long Island. At the time, my employer, Burns & Roe, had an office in Hempstead. From my perspective there was a difference in the nature of engineering firms on the Island and those in the city. So, I responded. Before long I had a call from Elmer Isaak, who was then President of the Met Section. He asked me to take on the task of starting a Long Island Branch and suggested that I ask Mike Pender for help.

Initially, the nucleus of the branch was called the Long Island Meeting Committee. In addition to Mike and myself, early members of the committee that I recall are Al Rivera, George Lehan, George Adler and Henry Chlupsa. We held committee meetings at the Burns and Roe offices and Mike Pender's office in Hempstead Town Hall. The first meeting, on January 13, 1971, was a joint meeting with the Nassau County Society of Professional Engineers. Two independent meetings were held on March 29th and May 26th. Both meetings were well attended and indicated that there would be sufficient support to form a branch, which was approved by the Met Section Board of Directors.

ASCE Long Island Branch

We started our program as a branch in the fall of 1971. The officers during the first year were: President — Frank Patti; Vice-President — Mike Pender; and Secretary — Henry Chlupsa. During the 1971-1972 year, the Branch had six meetings, some of them jointly sponsored with other groups. Students from Hofstra University and Nassau Community College were invited.

In 1978, the National Committee on Sections and District Councils approved a boundary change between the Long Island Branch and the Metropolitan Section to the Queens-Nassau border. Previously, members in Brooklyn and Queens had been assigned to the Long Island Branch.

In 1988, to recognize Frank Patti's efforts to establish the ASCE Long Island Branch, the Frank Patti Award was established to recognize the distinguished service of a branch member. The first award was presented to Frank Patti and every year since has been presented to an outstanding individual to reward their unselfish contributions to the Long Island Branch.

Past Presidents:

2015-16 Qaisar Ali Khan
2014-15 Joseph F. Bolos
2013-14 William K. Blanchard
2012-13 Robert Ervolina
2011-12 Jason Chen
2010-11 Henry W. Hessing
2009-10 Jason Stern
2008-09 Alan P. Marchan
2007-08 Lorena Moschetta
2006-07 George Moglia, Jr.
2005-06 David T. Macedonio
2004-05 Brian W. Mausert
2003-04 Deborah Chase
2002-03 Robert Fisenne
2001-02 John Semioli
2000-01 Thomas Donnelly
1999-00 William N. Marman
1998-99 Robert Gizzi
1997-98 Paul S. Curcio
1996-97 William H. Rockensies
1995-96 Gregory deBruin
1994-95 M. Denise Aranda
1993-94 Andriani Harris
1992-93 William Pedalino
1991-92 Henry J. Chulspa
1990-91 Andre Haddad
1989-90 Robert Eschbacher
1988-89 Michael Kwaschyn
1987-88 Kathleen Bailey
1986-87 Joseph A. Fioraliso
1985-86 John Eaton
1984-85 Peter K. Kask
1982-83 Elias W. Pritchard
1983-84 Carl E. Becker
1982-83 Elias W. Pritchard
1981-82 Herbert Rusinoff
1980-81 George G. Alexandridis
1979-80 Charles F. Vachris
1978-79 James W. O'Callaghan
1977-78 Robert F. O'Connell
1976-77 Robert G. Holzmacher
1975-76 George R. Adler
1974-75 George R. Lehan
1973-74 Aldaberto Rivera
1972-73 Michael R. Pender
1971-72 Francis J. Patti