The Iron Hills Civic Association greets revelers while greeting US Senator and SI doctor


STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Iron Hills Civic Association ushered in the happiest time of the year with their annual winter reunion and vacation party at the Richmond County Country Club.

US Senator Charles E. Schumer addresses the crowd during a pre-recorded message. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

U.S. Senator Charles (Chuck) E. Schumer, Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and Dr. Philip E. Otterbeck, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, were saluted at the event for their service to the community and nation. , and Head of the Endocrinology Division at the University of Richmond Medical Center.

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From the left, Dr Robert Otterbeck, Michael Otterbeck, Dr Philip E. Otterbeck, Victoria Otterbeck, Michele and Dr Philip Otterbeck, and Tom and Gina Miller. Opposite is Grace Avenue and Philip Thomas Otterbeck. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

Although Schumer was unable to attend due to engagements in Washington, in a video message posted on overhead screens throughout the ballroom, he thanked the Iron Hills Civic Association and their outstanding support to the community. of Staten Island.

He urged individuals to unite and end the division in America and spoke about the current issues of gun violence in our local school system, before concluding his speech by sending his best wishes for the holidays and a new year. healthy, happy and prosperous.

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From left to right, Harris Khan Dr Suniya Khan, Dr Philip E. Otterbeck, Dr Mohammad Khalid and Sadia Sadia Sheikh. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

Dr Mohammad Khalid accepted the award on behalf of Schumer and Daniel Messina, President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center, presented the award to Dr Otterbeck.

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From left, Dr Mohammad Khalid, NYPD Captain Timothy Wilson and Dr Philip E. Otterbeck. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

“It’s a great feeling we have during the holiday season and a festive time of year for families, friends and neighbors to come together to enjoy each other’s company at our Iron Hills event. “said Dr Khalid, longtime president of the association, before adding:” While recognizing the winners and celebrating the new year with good health, prosperity and happiness. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Dr Khalid, who has served as the organization’s president since 1996, hosts the event each year alongside the dinner co-chairs Rosanne Clift, board secretary, and Carol Ann Benanti, columnist / reporting editor at Staten Island Advance.

Dr. Khalid kicks off the event each year by updating members on regulations, safety issues and community concerns.

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From left to right, Javid Syed, Sadia Sheikh, Ayesha Ali, Pakistan Consulate, Dr. Shaheen Khalid, Suniya Khan and Harris Khan. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

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Dr Mohammad Khalid and Congressman Nicole Malliotakis. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

“On behalf of this community, I want to thank the great New York Senator and Senate Majority Leader Senator Charles E. Schumer for a beautiful video message for the Iron Hills Civic Association. We are very proud of his leadership in the United States Senate as well as the leadership of Dr. Philip E. Otterbeck. I would also like to express my thanks to our Co-Chairs Roseanne Clift and Carol Ann Benanti for their help in making this event a great and celebratory event.

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From left to right, Dr. Ram Raju, Borough Vice President Ed Burke, Sherry Diamond and Murray Berman. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

Dr Khalid also presented an award to NYPD Chief Frank Vega to commemorate his retirement after more than 30 years with the NYPD, currently as the Commander of Patrol Borough Staten Island. His previous managerial assignments included his work in the office of the head of department, the office of the patrol leader and the office of community affairs. NYPD Inspector Robert Bocchino accepted the award on behalf of Vega.

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Dr Khalid, left, and NYPD Inspector Robert Bocchino. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

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NYPD Inspector Robert Bocchino, left, NYPD Detective Kevin Medefindt, NYPD members and Deputy Inspector Timothy Wilson. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

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From left to right, Michael and Nancy Marotta and Gale and Dr Vincent Bellafiore. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

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Rosanne Stazzone, Dr Philip E. Otterbeck and, seated, Daniel Messina and David Murray. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

A LITTLE ON SEN. SCHUMER

Born in Brooklyn, Charles Ellis Schumer was elected Democrat to the United States Senate in 1998 and began representing New York the following year. He served as Senate Minority Leader from 2017 to 2021 before becoming Majority Leader in 2021.

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From left to right, Dr Suniya Khan, Javid Syed, former Congressman Max Rose, Ayesha Ali, Pakistan Consulate, Sadia Sheikh, Dr Mohammad Khalid and Harris Khan. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

Nicknamed “Chuck,” he has dedicated his career to being a fighter for New York City and visits each of the state’s 62 counties each year.

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Fran Hogan and David Lehr. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti)Staten Island Advance

He has won victories big and small across the state, including delivering $ 20 billion to rebuild after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Anthony and Elena Aliffi. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

Following the 2006 elections, he was appointed vice-president of the Democratic Conference. In 2016, he was re-elected again and at the same time he was elected leader of the Democratic caucus, the first time that a senator from New York has held the post.

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Dr Alan Perel, Jackie Perel and Susan Perel. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, who reside in Brooklyn, are the parents of two daughters, Jessica and Alison Schumer.

LITTLE ON DR. OTTERBECK

Dr Philip E. Otterbeck is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), where he is also Head of the Division of Endocrinology. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Assistant Assistant Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and New York Medical College.

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From the left, Dr Bart Castellano, Gloria Castellano and Dr John Imperio and Nancy Imperio. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

In addition to maintaining a practice of endocrinology at RUMC, he has served as Vice President of Medical Staff, Chairman of the Accreditation Committee and a member of the Executive Medical Committee. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Richmond University Medical Center Foundation since 2013.

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From left to right, Dr Mohammad Khalid, Dr Shaheen Khalid, Dr Suniya Khan, Harrris Kahn, Javid Syed, Maureen and Robert McNamara and Al and Aurelia Curtis. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island Advance

A native of Staten Islander, Dr. Otterbeck has received numerous awards for his community service and serves on the board of directors of Eden II, the Genesis Foundation and the Brooklyn Home for the Aged.

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Doctors, nurses, staff and friends at the University of Richmond Medical Center. (Staten Island Advance / Carol Ann Benanti) Staten Island Advance

A popular speaker, he has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in the areas of diabetes, obesity and vitamin D metabolism. He resides in Staten Island with his wife Victoria and their children, Ava Grace and Philip Thomas.

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From left to right, Carol Ann Benanti, Joanne Cook, Maria Bilotti and Marisa Calabrese Shelley. (Courtesy / Steve White) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

THE IRON HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION

The Iron Hills Civic Association, Inc. was established in 1964 and represents the neighborhoods of Todt Hill and Dongan Hills Settlement. The founders of the civic association chose the name “Iron Hills” to honor the history of the region’s many iron mines that existed centuries ago. There are almost 1,200 members. For more information on the Iron Hills Civic Association, call Maureen McNamara at 718 948-7000.


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