Educating the public and our elected officials on the importance of strong sea services has been an important part of our programming since 1902.

 

National Security Briefings

In February 2014, the New York Council of the Navy League launched a new program, the National Security Breakfast Series — Tomorrow’s Challenges. Noted Naval Historian RADM Joseph Callo, USN (Ret) authored the program. The program continues today with the goal of encouraging a more forward-looking perspective on national defense, and is in line with the public education mission of the Navy League. 

Speakers are often flag officers, senior government officials or leading academics. The audience typically brings together senior and mid-range professionals, many with either a military background or a strong interest in national security matters. The sessions are held in the morning or mid-day, usually at a venue near Grand Central Station, and attendees enjoy a buffet meal before the session begins. Each talk is followed by a question and answer session, plus time for networking.

Some of our recent briefings can be viewed above. For information about upcoming sessions, please see our events calendar on the homepage.

 

Advocacy Campaigns

Raise your voice to Congress by participating in the email campaigns below. New York Council members also participate in the Navy League’s bi-annual Congressional Fly-In and local briefings. In the third quarter of 2019, regional Navy League members sent 127 emails to Congress and had four meetings with members of Congress.

Government Funding Watch

The Senate passed its first spending package by a vote of 84-9 Thursday, October 30, for the fiscal year 2020 that began October 1. The $214 billion includes funding for the Maritime Administration with just $91.1 million for port infrastructure in FY20, more than a $200 million reduction from FY19 and $130 million less than what the House proposed. The Navy League sent a letter to the Senate urging members to match the House number. Despite bipartisan support, this legislation has a difficult path to becoming law, as the House and Senate still need to come to agreement on funding levels.

The Defense spending bill was also blocked Thursday, as negotiators haven't been able to agree on what to do about the Administration's reprogramming of funds for the border. Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced his proposal for a slimmed down version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 as negotiators work to break the border wall impasse. The so-called “Skinny NDAA” contains the 3.1% military pay raise, along with bonuses, counter-ISIS authorities, F-35 materials and LCS maintenance authorization. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adams Smith (D-WA) has said that the work-around isn't necessary and that it is important to come to agreement on the comprehensive bill. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) argues that in fact a "skinny NDAA" isn't necessary and "may reduce the incentive" to pass a full bill later.

Support the Sea Services on Capitol Hill   Join Navy Leaguers from around the country at the fourth annual Anchors Aweigh Congressional Fly-In on November 13–14 in Washington DC. Receive training and materials on the Navy League’s legislative priorities, then present them to members of  Congress.  Email the New York Council office  if you wish to participate in the high-profile, mission-focused event.

Support the Sea Services on Capitol Hill

Join Navy Leaguers from around the country at the fourth annual Anchors Aweigh Congressional Fly-In on November 13–14 in Washington DC. Receive training and materials on the Navy League’s legislative priorities, then present them to members of
Congress. Email the New York Council office if you wish to participate in the high-profile, mission-focused event.

Raise Your Voice to Congress   Support U.S.-flag ships, domestic shipbuilders and national security through our  national campaign .

Raise Your Voice to Congress

Support U.S.-flag ships, domestic shipbuilders and national security through our national campaign.

If the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army are paid, Coasties should be too.   In January, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral legislation that put the Coast Guard on parity with the rest of the armed forces during a government shutdown. In July, language from this bill was removed from the final House version of the two-year Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019.  No man or woman who volunteers to serve our country protecting its waters, and the citizens who live along them, should ever be forced to work without pay. The Coast Guard is the only agency that is simultaneously a military service as well as a law enforcement and regulatory agency. They are there, whenever and wherever we need them. Their pilots, swimmers, small boat and cutter crews put their lives at risk to rescue others, even flying in damaged equipment to save lives. They keep ports open to keep our economy going, and we depend on them to save us in the worst conditions possible.  The Coast Guard remains Semper Paratus — “always ready” — for us. We can return the favor by  clicking here to ask our elected officials to support the principal of Coast Guard Pay Parity .

If the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army are paid, Coasties should be too.

In January, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral legislation that put the Coast Guard on parity with the rest of the armed forces during a government shutdown. In July, language from this bill was removed from the final House version of the two-year Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019.

No man or woman who volunteers to serve our country protecting its waters, and the citizens who live along them, should ever be forced to work without pay. The Coast Guard is the only agency that is simultaneously a military service as well as a law enforcement and regulatory agency. They are there, whenever and wherever we need them. Their pilots, swimmers, small boat and cutter crews put their lives at risk to rescue others, even flying in damaged equipment to save lives. They keep ports open to keep our economy going, and we depend on them to save us in the worst conditions possible.

The Coast Guard remains Semper Paratus — “always ready” — for us. We can return the favor by clicking here to ask our elected officials to support the principal of Coast Guard Pay Parity.

 

Other Events

Irish naval vessel LE Samuel Beckett was in NYC for the UN General Assembly and our members were on hand to greet the officers and crew on October 1, 2019. American Legion Post 754, one of our frequent partners, hosted the event in their space at the New York Athletic Club.

Irish naval vessel LE Samuel Beckett was in NYC for the UN General Assembly and our members were on hand to greet the officers and crew on October 1, 2019. American Legion Post 754, one of our frequent partners, hosted the event in their space at the New York Athletic Club.

New York Council sponsors a reception for the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP), which uses fine art to depict the United States Coast Guard's multi-faceted missions. Through displays at museums, libraries and patriotic events, Coast Guard art tells the story of the service's missions, heroes and history to the public. Art is also displayed in offices of members of Congress, senior officials of the executive branch of government and other military services and at Coast Guard locations throughout the country.  Coast Guard artists — most of whom are professional artists — volunteer their time and talents to help COGAP fulfill its missions. Here are the artists whose works were accepted into the collection in 2019.

New York Council sponsors a reception for the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP), which uses fine art to depict the United States Coast Guard's multi-faceted missions. Through displays at museums, libraries and patriotic events, Coast Guard art tells the story of the service's missions, heroes and history to the public. Art is also displayed in offices of members of Congress, senior officials of the executive branch of government and other military services and at Coast Guard locations throughout the country.

Coast Guard artists — most of whom are professional artists — volunteer their time and talents to help COGAP fulfill its missions. Here are the artists whose works were accepted into the collection in 2019.

In October 2018 we celebrated the Navy’s birthday with local Sailors and the foreign officers of the Command College program of the Naval War College. Here, Council VP Ted Mason celebrates with the most senior and junior Sailors in attendance.

In October 2018 we celebrated the Navy’s birthday with local Sailors and the foreign officers of the Command College program of the Naval War College. Here, Council VP Ted Mason celebrates with the most senior and junior Sailors in attendance.

 
The annual Commodore John Barry Book Award was established by the New York Council to recognize authors who have made significant contributions to American maritime literature. A specific emphasis is placed on books pertaining to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The inspiration for this award is the life and service of Commodore John Barry, the first flag officer of the United States Navy.  Past Commodore John Barry Book Award Winners include:  2014 -   John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail     by Tim McGrath  2015 -   NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings   ,  by   Craig L. Symonds  2016 -   Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and Americas Revolution at Sea   ,  by Tim McGrath  2017 -   The Fleet at Flood Tide — America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944–1945   ,  by James D. Hornfischer  2018 -   The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution  , by Robert P. Watson  2019 —   In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown  , by Nathaniel Philbrick  The Award Committee will be selecting a winner for the 2020 Commodore John Barry Book Award after reviewing books that have made significant contributions to American maritime literature. If you wish to submit your book, please email info@nynavyleague.org for more information.

The annual Commodore John Barry Book Award was established by the New York Council to recognize authors who have made significant contributions to American maritime literature. A specific emphasis is placed on books pertaining to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The inspiration for this award is the life and service of Commodore John Barry, the first flag officer of the United States Navy.

Past Commodore John Barry Book Award Winners include:

2014 - John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath

2015 - NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings, by Craig L. Symonds

2016 - Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and Americas Revolution at Sea, by Tim McGrath

2017 - The Fleet at Flood Tide — America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944–1945, by James D. Hornfischer

2018 - The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution, by Robert P. Watson

2019 — In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown, by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Award Committee will be selecting a winner for the 2020 Commodore John Barry Book Award after reviewing books that have made significant contributions to American maritime literature. If you wish to submit your book, please email info@nynavyleague.org for more information.

siGN UP FOR VOICE-TO-CONGRESS ALERTS

Voice-to-Congress is an initiative to keep Navy League members up to date on legislative issues that impact the sea services and informs them how to take action. To read up on legislation, get in contact with elected officials in your area and receive alerts, please go to the Navy League Voice-to Congress site.