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Long Island Chapter History
1948 - 2018

The chapter presently has 50 contractor members.  Michael Bender is our 28th President in the 70 years that the chapter has existed.

The chapter administers six separate contracts with Local Union 25, IBEW.
  1. "A" Inside and Outside

1400 Members

  2. Market Recovery     350 Members
  3. Residential and Service

300 Members

  4. Telecommunications 
      &  Technology

225 Members

  5. Maintenance

90 Members

  6. Testing and Maintenance

30 Members

The charter for the Nassau and Suffolk Chapter, Long Island was issued on October 25, 1948. The first Board of Directors meeting was held November 1, 1948 and the Elks Club in Huntington, New York. The minutes of this first meeting show that there were 14 contractors who were members in good standing. R.J. Etherson was the first President. The Association was located at 21 Ash Street, Franklin Square, New York.

A letter was read at the first meeting from Paul M. Geary, Executive Vice President of NECA, transmitting the approved copy of the by-laws and the Charter application.

The first Chapter Manager was Allan Grimes, who started on March 7, 1949 and resigned on April 13, 1949 (that has to be some kind of record). There were three Chapter Managers between Mr. Grimes and John B. Kiernan, who was hired on May 5, 1950. Mr. Kiernan stayed for 15 years and resigned June 16, 1965. Barry French was then hired as Chapter Manager and he retired in 1986. Andrew J. Nowotny served from 1987 to 1997, Michael Gilchrist from 1997 to 2002, Roy Richey from 2002 to 2012, and Pete Mastrorocco at the present.

ISB, Industrial Stabilization Board, now the EIB Electrical Industry Board, was first mentioned in the NECA minutes on August 29, 1950.

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