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LD 18 - Legislator Stephanie Bontempi

Posted on: October 27, 2022

Legislator Bontempi Encourages Display of Green Lights for Veterans

Veteran Dominick Cutalo (right) with Kathleen Ryan earlier this year at the Elwood-Commack VFW.

Hauppauge, NY: At the October 11th general meeting, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th L.D.) and her colleagues unanimously passed a resolution – co-sponsored by Legislator Nicholas Caracappa (R-4th L.D.) and others – launching “Operation Green Light” in Suffolk County.  This measure encourages both residents and businesses to display a green light from November 7th through November 11th as a show of support for the sacrifices and contributions of our nation’s veterans.

“I am very much looking forward to the showing of green lights throughout Suffolk County as we approach Veterans Day,” said Bontempi.  “By actively involving businesses and residents in this undertaking, we hope to bring more awareness of our veterans leading up to Veterans Day in a way that is prominent and respectful.”

Although another initiative in Suffolk County regarding green lights is already in place – the lighting up of the H. Lee Dennison Building in green – Operation Green Light is unique in its involvement of private residences and businesses, hopefully promoting the idea that Veterans Day should be fully embraced by all Americans.  

“There really is no better place to spearhead an initiative like this than Suffolk County, as it is home to the highest population of veterans in the State of New York,” added Bontempi.  “We are truly blessed to have so many veterans in our midst; we can never do too much to recognize them.”

Residents and businesses choosing to participate in this wonderful undertaking are strongly encouraged to share photos of their homes or storefronts with a green light shining proudly.  A great way to positively influence others to join the effort is to share photos to social media with the hashtag #OperationGreenLight. 

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