New York State USBC Bowling Association News
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Stratford, N.J. (July 10, 2016) –Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 279-232, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at 30 Strikes Sunday for his 26th overall QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.
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New York State USBC Board of Directors

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Resume Form

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NYS USBC Annual Meeting
Mark Scuderi, Dan Solimine
to Join Board of Directors

JUNE 5, 2016 – Delegates at the 5th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC approved four pieces of legislation Saturday (June 4), including a key measure that increased term limits for Directors and Officers.

Action by the 133 voting delegates at the gathering at The Radisson Albany set the stage for a six-person ballot for three Adult Director positions – and resulted in the election of incumbent Corinthia Ward (New York City USBC) and newcomers Mark Scuderi (Rochester USBC BA), photo top right, and Dan Solimine (Westchester County USBC), photo bottom right, to the board.

Please go to the Youth page for a photo of the NYS Youth Leaders' flag presentation.

Ward received 87 votes, Scuderi 81 and Solmine 70 to outpoll Lauren Sutton (Tonawandas USBC), Michelle Duchowny (Troy USBC Youth) and Jonathan Burke (Mid-Hudson USBC), who garnered 54, 52 and 38 votes, respectively. Sutton was a slated candidate while Duchowny and Burke ran from the floor.

Incumbent Youth Directors Thomas Solimine Sr. (Westchester County USBC), Dan's father, and A.S. "Doc" Doctorow (Long Island USBC) ran again for the two open seats and were elected by voice vote.

Vice President Liz DeHart (Staten Island USBC) ran unopposed and also was elected by voice vote.

All new terms commence on August 1.

Ward and Solimine Sr. were able to run for election this year from the floor due to the delegates' unanimous approval of legislation forwarded by the NYS USBC Board of Directors to immediately extend term limits of Directors (Amendment No. 3) and Officers (Amendment No. 4) from a maximum of three two-year terms to a maximum of four two-year terms. Otherwise, both longtime NYS bowling board members would have "termed out."

NYS USBC board members proposed the legislation in an effort to sustain a continuous membership on the board, in light of a lack of candidates in recent years.

Delegates also approved two other amendments to the bylaws:

-- Amendment No. 1 which gives local associations more time to submit their lists of delegates to the NYS USBC office – moving the deadline from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15;

-- Amendment No. 2 which will require those wishing to run for a position on the board from the floor to submit their resumes to the Nominating Committee at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Previously, those potential candidates had until 24 hours before the Annual Meeting to submit their qualifications.

USBC President Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island addressed the delegates, reminding them to be proud of bowling -- the largest participation sport -- and to support the national governing body's efforts to keep up with the changes in society.

"We're challenged every day to operate our business in different ways," he said. "We strive to be smarter and more efficient, focusing on core competencies such as technology, youth development, championship tournaments, membership value and marketing."

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman thanked the delegates, the Board of Directors and Association Manager Mike Pettinella for their efforts, and encouraged everyone to recruit new bowlers to lift the NYS USBC from its position as the second-largest merged association in the nation to the largest.

NYS USBC LEADERS: Roger Buckman of Rochester and Liz DeHart of Staten Island are President and Vice President, respectively, of the New York State USBC for the 2015-16 season. Buckman, the former vice president, was elected to a two-year term in May. Over the weekend (Sept. 20), he appointed DeHart as second-in-command of the board of directors. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

NYS USBC Board Approves
Youth Brochure, $15K in Scholarships

SEPT. 23, 2015 – The New York State USBC Board of Directors, under the leadership of new president Roger Buckman, has approved the creation of a slick brochure outlining the state association’s benefits and services to USBC-certified youth bowlers and has committed more than $15,000 to its scholarship program for the 2015-16 season.

Directors, at their meetings on Saturday and Sunday at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, authorized several measures, including the production of a professional tri-fold color “Youth Benefits & Services” brochure that will be distributed throughout the state.

The brochure highlights several youth programs supported by the NYS USBC – youth championship tournaments, Youth Education Services (YES) scholarships and grants, coaching seminars, NYS Youth Leaders and the benefits of USBC certification – and points the reader to its website (

The flyer is expected to be ready by mid-October and will be available from NYS USBC directors and youth committee members, and at bowling centers.

“Our hope is that the brochure will inform parents and young people alike of the value that comes with USBC membership and participation in NYS USBC programs,” said Buckman, a Rochester resident who was elected president at May’s Annual Meeting in Syracuse.

“We are fully aware that the future of our sport depends upon the recruitment and retention of more boys and girls.”

Other “action items” approved by the board include:

-- Scholarships totaling $13,000 for graduating senior scholar-athletes, along with the allocation of $1,500 for Spirit Awards (grades 8-11) and $750 for Future Stars Awards (grades K-7).  Details will be posted on the Youth Scholarships page of this website.

-- Funding of three USA Bowling Coaching Seminars, sites and times to be determined, during the 2015-16 season. These seminars provide opportunities for people to earn their USBC Level I coaching certificate.

-- Commitment of resources for NYS USBC directors to attend local association events such as annual meetings, HOF dinners and workshops, where they can speak on behalf of the state association and present certificates to local HOF inductees. 

-- A proposed amendment to the NYS USBC Bylaws, effective June 4, 2016 if approved by the delegates at the Annual Meeting, to change from a maximum of three two-year terms to a maximum of four two-year terms for Officers and Directors. The reason: Four directors are being “termed out” in 2016, which could result in a shortage of people to do the work of the association.

-- Appointment of Liz DeHart of Staten Island as vice president, Dennis O’Donnell of Auburn as sergeant-at-arms and Betty Kingsley of Rochester as chairperson of the Nominating Committee. 

The board also welcomed Tom Clinton of Staten Island, who was elected as a Youth Director by the delegation at the 2015 Annual Meeting.  President Buckman appointed Clinton to lead a special “Future for the Sport” task force to look into the youth bowling structure in our state and make recommendations for improvement.

Regular committee chairs for 2015-16 are as follows:

Finance – DeHart; Legislative/Rules/Operations – Kingsley; Awards – O’Donnell; YES – Kathy Leitgeb, Albany; Tournaments – Mike Pettinella, Association Manager; Pathways (Charitable Giving) – Karen Krauss, Albany; Public Relations – Barry Vee, Rochester; Youth – Tom Solimine Sr., White Plains; Chaplain – Corinthia Ward, Bronx.

New York State USBC

2016-17 Board of Directors


Roger Buckman
Rochester (Rochester USBC BA)
Term Expires 2017

Vice President
Liz DeHart
Staten Island (Staten Island USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Dennis O'Donnell
Auburn (Auburn USBC BA)
Term Expires 2017


Mike Pettinella
55 Edgewood Drive
Batavia, NY 14020
(Genesee Region USBC)
585-343-3736 -- office
585-861-0404 -- cell



Michael Callan
Rochester (Rochester USBC BA) 
Term Expires 2017


Thomas Clinton
Staten Island (Staten Island USBC)
Term Expires 2017

A.S. "Doc" Doctorow
Coram (Long Island USBC)
Term Expires 2018


Robert Kaverman
Jamestown (Jamestown Area USBC)
Term Expires 2017

Betty Kingsley
Rochester (Rochester USBC WBA)
Term Expires 2017 

Kathy Leitgeb
Albany (Albany USBC)
Term Expires 2017

Rick O’Neil
Owego (Southern Tier USBC)
Term Expires 2016

Mark Scuderi
Pittsford (Rochester NY USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Dan Solimine
New Rochelle (Westchester County USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Tom Solimine Sr.
White Plains (Westchester County USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Barry Vee
Rochester (Rochester USBC BA)
Term Expires 2017

Corinthia Ward
Bronx (New York City USBC)
Term Expires 2018


Tom Solimine, White Plains, Chair, Team Tournament Chair
Penny Clinton-Jensen, Staten Island, Secretary
Nelson Chase, Hudson Falls, Pepsi Tournament Chair
Paul Terracciano, Hawthorne, Adult-Junior Tournament Chair

REGION 1 - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara counties.

Beth O'Brien, Cheektowaga
Robert Snyder, Depew

REGION 2 - Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates counties.
Mike Callan, Rochester
Kathy Larson, Rochester

REGION 3 - Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins counties.
Michelle D’Angelo, Elmira
Patty Dichiara, Elmira

REGION 4 - Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego counties.

REGION 5 - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence counties.
Karen Astafan, Carthage
Ricki Westcott, Carthage

REGION 6 - Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga, Warren, Washington counties.
Shawn Palmer, Queensbury
Brian Palmer, Queensbury

REGION 7 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie counties.
Michelle Duchowny, Ballston Lake
Stephen Fawcett, Schenectady

REGION 8 - Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster counties.
Nancy Howell, Kingston
Judith Phillips, Kingston

REGION 9 - Bronx, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Westchester counties.
Thomas Clinton, Staten Island
Nicole Martell, Brooklyn

REGION 10 - Nassau, Suffolk counties.
Doc Doctorow, Coram
Flo Janovsky, Smithtown

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