While planning the annual Summer Cocktail Party for Bay Village Civic Association members, their Board anticipated the usual attendance. What had always been a casual event at the Bull Dog Grille turned into something more, due to the unanticipated retirements of Amityville’s two top police officers.
With the announcements of the retirement of APD Chief Don Dobby, followed by the retirement of Lieutenant Gerry Gralton, an invitation was extended to them to attend. Certificates of Recognition were to be presented by BVCA president, Joan Donnison. As word spread to various political officials, more accolades came in.
Assemblywoman Kimberly Jeanne-Pierre, represented by Tyler Parks, awarded them a proclamation for their years of service. This was followed by proclamations from Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Councilman Tony Martinez.
There was a genuine feeling of gratitude and respect for the officers’ many years of service to the Village of Amityville. Several heart felt references were made regarding their leadership during Superstorm Sandy. Supervisor Schaffer was particularly thankful for that.
N.Y. State Senator Michael Venditto also congratulated the officers on their retirements, while wishing the BVCA members a happy, safe summer.
Trustees Jessica Bernius, Kevin Smith and Dennis Siry were also present. Trustee Smith offered his congratulations and appreciation as a former Fire Department Chief for their collaboration with the department and their many years of service to the Village.
Former Dep. Mayor Peter Casserly, Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez, Lieut. Gralton,
Chief Dobby, and Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer
Joan Donnison, Gerry Gralton, and BVCA members congratulating
the retiring APD lieutenant.
BVCA presentation to Chief Dobby