Emerald a Chara/Dear Emerald

The next Grand Council meeting will occur on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at the one and only Manor Oktoberfest of Forest Hills.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 7:30 pm

Manor Oktoberfest of Forest Hills

73-11 Yellowstone Blvd

Forest Hills, NY

Join us for a night of networking and rubbing shoulders with fellow Emeralds. Share your ideas and be a part of the future. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Please remember that the Grand Council meeting this month is on the second Wednesday.

NYCDO ES CEOL & Conversation 4/30/23

The NYCDOE ES held their Ceol and Conversation meeting at the Rambling House up in Woodlawn, The Bronx, NY. Music by Brian DeVale (CSA) and Luke Powers (AFT).

SCPO ES Dinner 4/28/23

SCPO Emerald Society 2023-2025 Officers
(Right to Left) Nicholas Aspromgos - President, John Brunkard - 1st Vice President, Craig Cowell - 2nd Vice President, Glenn Kirkpatrick - Treasurer, Vin Daly - Recording Secretary, Michael Homan - Corresponding Secretary, Charlie Ebert - Financial Secretary, Terence Mawn - Trustee, James O'Leary - Sgt. at Arms, Donal Hughes - Sgt. at Arms, Kathleen Murphy-Lubey - Chairman of the Board of Directors

East Wind Long Island

It was a night to remember as we celebrated our 55th annual Saint Patrick's Day Dinner Dance at the East Wind Caterers in Middle Island, NY. The event was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a true sense of brotherhood. Members of the Suffolk County Police Officers Emerald Society gathered to honor our proud Irish heritage and look toward the future with hope and excitement.

The evening started with a cocktail hour, where old friends caught up and new friendships formed. The room was buzzing with energy and anticipation for the night ahead. As we entered the ballroom, we were greeted by an atmosphere of celebration.

The night was full of highlights, including the presentation of our prestigious awards and recognition of our outstanding members, Michael Crowley, 2023 Irishman of the Year, Brendan O'Hara Thomas Finn Memorial award recipient, and GCUES Sgt at Arms Kathleen Murphy- Lubey received her Past President sash.

The dance floor was always filled as we moved to the beat of the McClean Avenue Band and celebrated our collective accomplishments. The SCPD ES Pipe Band gave a tremendous command performance.

The GCUES President Martin Bellew led the Emerald Delegation from the NCPES, NYCD ES, and the NYPD ES.

As we reflect on the night, we are reminded of our organization's importance and the bond we share as members. The Suffolk County Police Officers Emerald Society is more than just a group of individuals - we are a family. A family that supports one another celebrates one another, and honors the legacy of those who came before us.

We look forward to continuing this tradition and building upon the strong foundation established over the past 55 years. Thank you to all who joined us for this unforgettable evening!


Nick Aspromogos



Nick Aspromogos, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Crowley, Dan Murphy

Nick Aspromogos, Mr. and Mrs. Brendan O'Hara, Mike Homan

Timmy Morris, Kathleen Murphy-Lubey, Nick Aspromogos

GCUES Past President Brian J. Sharkey (NYCD ES), Paddy McCarthy, GCUES President Martin Bellew (DSNY ES), Timmy Cowen (President, NYCD ES)

DSNY ES Dinner 4/29/23

Leonards of Great Neck

The DSNY Emerald Society celebrated its 85th-anniversary dinner at Leonards of Great Neck on Friday, April 29, 2023.

The DSNY Emerald Society has been a cornerstone of New York City's Irish American community since its inception in 1938 as the Department of Sanitation City of New York Irish American Association (IAA) when William Nally Sr. became its first president.

The IAA and the Emerald Society have been a driving force in promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Irish American community, and its members have worked tirelessly to support and improve the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Two outstanding members were recognized for their exceptional contributions to the Emerald Society and the Department of Sanitation. Joseph O'Keefe, Deputy Chief, was awarded the Emerald Society Person of the Year, while Garrett O'Reilly, the esteemed Chief of Department, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. These honors are a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence and service to the Emerald Society and the DSNY. We extend our congratulations to Joseph and Garrett for their well-deserved recognition.

We're honored to celebrate 85 years of dedication and service, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for this incredible organization.

DSNY Emerald Society Person of the Year Joe O'Keefe and Kathryn O'Keefe with his bandmates from the DSNY ES Pipes and Drums. GCUES President Martin Bellew is on the left first row.

Joe O'Keefe

Garrett O'Reilly

President Sean Neal, Vice President Sean Norris, Joe O'Keefe, Garrett O'Reilly, Iggy Azzara

HVPES Dinner 4/29/23

Hudson Valley Police Emerald Society 2023-2025 Brehon Council

(Left to Right) Brian Tarpey-Vice President, Robert Ashley-Trustee, John McCarthy-Vice President, Sean McCarthy-President; Terri Hart-Recording Secretary, Lilah Bunce- Treasurer, Duke Bunce- 1st Vice President, and John Conklin-Sgt At Arms

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

The Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley, NY, held its 10th Anniversary installation dinner at the luxurious Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. It was a night filled with joy and gratitude as members gathered to commemorate a decade of outstanding service to their community.

BPD ES Jake Elwood-President, WCCOES Robert Blake-President, and WPES John Hynes-President co-led the Emerald delegation to Poughkeepsie

The highlight of the evening was the recognition of two distinguished members, Bruce Coneeny (DCSO retired.) and Brian Tarpey (East Fishkill PD retired), for their unwavering commitment and dedication to the Police Emerald Society of Hudson Valley and the community. Their tireless efforts and contributions have inspired all, and we are honored to have them as part of our family.

Here's to ten more years of excellence and service to the community!

President Jake Elwood-BPD ES, President Sean McCarthy-HVPES, President John Hynes-WPES

Bruce Coneeny

Brian Tarpey


The NYCD ES held its fifth annual "Burn your Return" Cigar Night at Vetro- at Russo's on the Bay. Past President Peter Whalen led the Emerald delegations from NCSD ES, NYPD ES, and SCPO ES. It was a beautiful night, and the retractable rooftop was open most of the night. Just a FYI I did not win the 50-50. Thank you to all our Emerald, Labor, Fraternal, and Vendor supporters. Save the date for next year, April 15, 2024.

Hibernians Roast Wendy's

In a letter to Wendy's President and CEO Todd A. Penegor, the Ancient Order of Hibernians has condemned the use of "defaming Irish stereotypes" as part of its "National Roast Day" promotion, where the hamburger chain roasts people who ask it to.

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2023 Membership Update

Currently, we have 27 affiliated organizations.

Law Enforcement-17

Fire Service- 4 

Mass Transit- 2 

Public Utilities-2


Waste Management-1


This year we welcomed the AZLEES into our fold as our 27th affiliated organization. In 2022 we welcomed back ESFLEA and brought in the newly formed MTAPD ES.

On March 16, 2023, Larry Coyne and his core group of like-minded Irish-Americans launched the Hunterdon County Emerald Society, setting off a new era of the Emerald movement in New Jersey. After months of hard work and dedication, the GCUES is proud of Larry and his group. With the launch of the Hunterdon County Emerald Society, we look forward to them affiliating with the Grand Council.

A handful of organizations still need to pay their 2023 affiliation fee of $100; any of our former affiliated and new organizations are welcome to join us. You can go to the affiliation management page button below to start the process; if you need clarification on whether your organization is paid up, feel free to contact me.

We also welcome new and former affiliates to join us as we look forward to the opportunities for growth that the rest of 2023 will bring.

Affiliation Mangement Page
Emerald Quick Guide


The Grand Council is committed to connecting affiliated organizations and encouraging them to support each other's events with reciprocal agreements of like-kind donations.

The 2023 GCUES Directory was emailed to every affiliated President with the contact information (mobile phone and email) of every Board member, Trustee, and Affiliated President. Please make sure to use it.

To ensure you get the best possible promotion for your event, please email the flyer and any pertinent information to info@gcues.org at least two to three months in advance.

Let's unite to make each Emerald event a success by supporting each other!


The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies Inc (NCLEES) was organized in 1995 by Brooklyn, NY native Patrick J. O'Brien (PES WashDC) and NCLEES's first president.

The main objective of the NCLEES is to unite all public safety Emerald Societies to develop fraternalism amongst its members, Preserve the Irish culture, promote the contributions of our ancestors, and recognize the accomplishments of Irish Americans in Law Enforcement and other public safety professions. 

**This is for informational purposes only for our eleven affiliated organizations that are current National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) members **

At their annual NCLEES May Conference, the Election of Officers will be held on May 14, 2023, in Washington, DC.

Good Luck to all the candidates!



Robert J. Kearns, ​

Jersey City Police Emerald Society



First Vice President

Sean M. McCarthy, ​

Boston Police Emerald Society *



Second Vice President

Andrew Hale,​​

Emerald Society of Missouri

Edward Sullivan​,

Police Emerald Society of the Washington DC Area *


Third Vice President

Joseph A. Smith,

​Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society

Erin Ring, ​​

Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society*


Executive Director

William Tinker​

New Haven Police Emerald Society

Michael Pitcher​,

Police Emerald Society of Nassau County*




John Rowley, ​​

Emerald Society of New Jersey Essex County



Recording Secretary

Cynthia Schultz​,

Jersey City Police Emerald Society



Financial Secretary

Mark Matthews​,

Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society


Kevin Nieves,

​​Police Emerald Society of the Washington DC Area*


Sergeant at Arms

Brian Patrick Burke​,

San Francisco Bay Area Law Enforcement Emerald Society


*GCUES affiliated organization

Employment Resources Updates

Exciting news! In addition to the ones below, we have additional employment opportunities for you to explore; you can visit our employment resources page for the latest job postings.

If your agency, union, or trade has any employment announcements, please don't hesitate to email them to info@gcues.org.

Take advantage of your chance to find the perfect job for a friend, yourself, or a family member - take a look today!

New Hampshire State Police Trooper I Recruitment

A candidate must have at least one of the following: Education: Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from a recognized college, university, or technical institute with a significant study preferably in criminal justice or the equivalent. Experience: No experience required. Or Education: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.

The next test is June 3, 2023.

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Bronx, NY 10470

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