2011-2012 Officers Installed

Navy Aviator Chris Urban Is New Commander


In a joint ceremony at Utica Post 229 on May 7, the County Legion installed Edward Jackson, left, as commander of Harold Provost Post 1686 and Chris Urban, right, as commander of Utica Post 229.

UTICA, NY, May 23, 2011 -- Chris Urban of Holland Patent has been elected commander of Utica Post 229 American Legion for 2011-2012. He is a retired Navy commander who piloted ship-based helicopters and taught at the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Urban and other newly elected officers were installed at a May joint installation dinner with American Legion Auxiliary Unit 229 and Harold Provost Post 1686. Presiding were Rosaria Haggerty, representing the county auxiliary, and Walter Constantini, county commander.


Theresa Jensen

Theresa Jensen of Utica was installed for her third term as auxiliary president.

Other auxiliary officers are:

  •  1st Vice President: Eleanor King.
  • 2nd Vice President: Peggy Kohler.
  • 3rd Vice President: Pat Dodge.
  • Secretary: Rosetta LaPaglia.
  • Treasurer: Rosaria Haggerty.
  • Chaplain: Gail Greco.
  • Historian: Donna Wojcik.
  • Sgt.-at-Arms: Francine Sansone.


Other post officers are:

  • 1st Vice Commander: Len La Scala.
  • 2nd Vice Commander: Jim George.
  • 3rd Vice Commander: Bob Stronach.
  • Adjutant: Rich Maloon.
  • Treasurer: Jim Haggerty.
  • Chaplain: Paul Wojcik.
  • Historian: vacant (nominee withdrew name).
  • Service Officer: Dave Wilson.
  • Judge Advocate: Albert Alteri.
  • Sgt. at Arms: Johnnie Stenson.

Executive Board:

  • Frank Cassella, Herkimer
  • Tony Palladino, Utica
  • Jack LaPaglia, Utica
  • Tom O'Toole, Utica
  • Vin Zaleski, Utica

Scholarship Committee:

  • Vin Zaleski, Utica.
  • Paul Wojcik, Utica.
  • Jim McGuire, Utica.
  • Tom O'Toole, Utica
  • Jim George, Utica
  • Chris Urban, Holland Patent
  • Jim Haggerty, Mohawk.