Long Island ABATE 5-10-22 Membership Meeting, Port Jeff Elks, Centereach, NY 

8:05pm Meeting began

Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence

Welcome members and guests.

The minutes for our April 2022 membership meeting were posted on the LI ABATE website.

Motion 2-2022:  Motion to accept the April 2022 membership meeting minutes as posted on the LI ABATE website. (Seconded) All in favor.

Treasurer’s Report:  Detailed income and expenditures were reported

Motion 3-2022:  Motion to accept treasurer’s report. (Seconded) All in favor. 

Changes in LI ABATE Board:  Recording Secretary Position was filled by Margaret Nicosia and The Oath of Office was taken.


LI ABATE Open Board Positions:  The posit of donations coordinator remains open.  If anyone is willing to volunteer for this position, please see Chris. 

Veterans Appreciation Fund:  The 2022 Veterans Appreciation Fund is established and is up to $13,008.  This year we have three benefactors that will match every dollar we raise, so dollar amounts will be tripled.  Every cent of the money raised continues to be distributed to local veteran organizations!

LI ABATE Lottery:  LI ABATE Lottery will end June 30, 2022.  Winning tickets will be based on the NYS daily number. As of April total $1460 has been paid out.

LI ABATE Motorcyclist Handbook:  Are printed and available at all our events as well as on the website.

LI ABATE Paint Night Fundraiser:  Debbie is coordinating another paint night at the Am Vets in Bohemia.  Cost will be $30 per person.  Final date will be announced soon.

Newsletter Articles:  Chris stressed that anyone can contribute to the newsletter, and encourages members to submit articles, etc. Please send all submissions to Chris or Margaret before the 15th of every month.

Public Service Announcements:  Shark Radio is now airing our motorcycle awareness PSA’s for the month of May. Previous LI ABATE PSA’s are still circulating on Facebook.


Rider Training Classes:  Big Apple Motorcycle School and ONTRA offer basic rider and advanced rider classes.  Donate $100 and receive an MSF class from Big Apple.  An advanced rider safety course from ONTRA is $100 per person and is limited to 12 people.  Steve, from On the Road Again Motorcycle School, has generously offered to donate all the proceeds back to LI ABATE.  Please take advantage of this value and opportunity to sharpen rider skills and be safer on the road.

ABATE of NY Freedom Rally:  5/18, ride to State Capitol in Albany to lobby legislators on issues concerning motorcyclists.

Bikers in the Beltway:  Motorcycle Riders Foundation lobby day 5/16 & 5/17.  Lobby legislators at the Capitol in Washington D.C. Issues of concern include motorcycle profiling, autonomous vehicles, E-15 fuel warnings.


Officer Reports

Nick / 1st Vice President:  Nick attended the Cars and Guitars event at Millers Ale House in Commack.  Reported on LIABATE Receiving a plaque at the Moose Event this month.  Nick also attended the Suffolk County Traffic Safety Board where he again spoke about the potholes and autonomous vehicles, stressing whether they can recognize motorcycles around them. He is also looking into applying for the open position for the SCTSB. Also reported that we are going to receive an additional 50 signs free of charge from Rachel of the NYSTSC.  Bruce LaPorte met with Chris via phone convo also getting free signs as well as being apart of the Traveling Memorial Wall for Fallen Bikers. June 2nd Coffee with a Cop upcoming event

Josephine/2nd Vice President: 8 new members signed up – Thanked Mom for helping her during some of our past events.  Handbook is out and updated.

Debbie / Legislative Liaison:  Flag Placement Monday May 30th @Calverton 1:00 Lee Zeldin will be in attendance. Motorcycle only Parking as per Stephanie Bademente at all county facilities in going to be put in for a vote. Steven Flotteran made an official Proclamation that May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Suffolk County. Anyone wishing to join the MRF can see Debbie as she is a NYS Rep. All hotel rooms are booked for the MRF Bikers on the Beltway. Pending legislation for children under 12 not allowed on or to operate dirtbikes/ATV’s.  All Nassau and Suffolk County Legislators lists are available on our website.

Suzanne/Membership:  2800 member’s total

Kathy Products: We are good on products.  New signs, stickers and shirts/hoodies coming in the next month


Follow us on Facebook to see where LI ABATE booths will be located.

Bike Night Thursdays 6pm at Red River

Volunteers to help with these booths are greatly appreciated!

LI ABATE Runs / Events

6/12 – LI ABATE Veterans Appreciation Run – Still need an end site.

8/27 – LI ABATE Campout

11/6 – St. Mary’s Fundraiser and Food Drive

Upcoming Events

5/14 – SCHD open house ABATE will have a booth

5/15 – Bike Blessing, North Sea Fireman’s Memorial Athletic Field, 118 Noyac Rd. North Sea. Proceeds to benefit Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund.

5/17 – American Air Power Museum, Farmingdale honoring 30 Vietnam Veterans

5/21 – Vietnam Veterans honored at Stony Brook Veterans Home

5/28 – Night at the Races, Port Jeff Elks, Centereach

5/29 – Ride for Freedom, taking place at all Rolling Thunder Chapters

Blood drive at Pt. Jeff Elks date to be determined


IMS Motorcycle Show Cancelled.  No future dates.  Looks like they are done permanently.

Pete from a local shop reported that as long as your MC has baffles you will not fail NYS Inspection.

Mark reported on the Solomon case. ABATE is showing support for the family – Next Court date is in July, and Mark will let us know when that is.

Message from Ava through Jim Barr – Thank you for supporting her – 7 marathons in 7 days – 184 miles – all monies donated went to veterans support groups.

50 / 50 – $83 Donated back to the veteran’s fund

Veterans Appreciation funds collected tonight totaled $193.

Motion 3-2022:  Motion to adjourn.  (Seconded) All in favor.   

Meeting adjourned 9:ish.