J. Hargrove, N2NOV
NYC-ARECS City-Wide Radio Officer/Skywarn Coordinator
Hargrove is a respected national leader in emergency communications
and acknowledged as an expert on public safety radio infrastructure
operations in New York City. He was born in New York City,
the oldest of eight children. Many of his family have been
or are currently with the NYPD, going back to the 1930's.
Charles attended Tottenville High School and Baruch College,
subsequently becoming the youngest Fed Funds trader on Wall
Street. Over the years, Charles has worked in the brokerage,
financial and information technology fields.
For the past two decades, Charles has been actively involved
in the communications side of emergency management. He is
the former District Emergency Coordinator of the New York
City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and is the current
National Weather Service SKYWARN coordinator for
New York City. He is also a Life Member of the American
Radio Relay League (ARRL).
He and his communications team have been recognized by Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani and the New York City Mayor's Office
of Emergency Management. Under Charles' leadership as
the RACES City-Wide Officer, the communications team established
a command station in the Office of Emergency Management
which was located in the World Trade Center. On September
11, 2001 and throughout the rescue and recovery operation,
Charles served as Incident Commander for citywide amateur
radio operations which consisted of over 500 ham radio operators
from around the United States.
As a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary,
Charles has served as a Vice Flotilla Commander and as a
USCGAUX instructor for communications and boating.
J. Kiernan, KE2UN
Kiernan (KE2UN) is a vice-president of NYC-ARECS for the
borough of Manhattan.
1998-2004 John was the Manhattan Emergency Coordinator (EC)
for ARRL/ARES. He is a retired Operating Engineer Supervisor
from the U.S. Postal Service and has been a licensed amateur
radio operator since 1989. His hobbies include collecting
and building miniature railroad displays. He serves as Immediate
Past Flotilla Commander of Flotilla 05-11 of the United
States Coast Guard Auxiliary which is located in New
Zodda (KC2QKS) is vice-president of NYC-ARECS for the borough
as a Brooklyn guy thru and thru, Frank has been an amateur
radio operator for eight years who loves to be a part of
the ham radio community. He is a Manhattan College graduate
who is today a Chief Technologist of the Microbiology Laboratory
at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
He is registered with the emergency response team of the
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
is a U.S. Army Vietnam Vet and a member of the United
States Coast Guard Auxiliary. A true family guy, Frank
is married with three children, is a member of the NYC Big
Brother Big Sister organization (with two little brothers),
and he officiates at Youth Soccer on the weekends.
L. Thompson, KC2ZYG
L. Thompson (KC2ZYG) is Secretary of NYC-ARECS.
most junior member of NYC-ARECS, Dylan L. Thompson is in
the unique position of having a young mind and fresh ideas,
as well as having a great deal to learn about radio and
the emergency management field. He posseses a private
pilot's license and is currently an EMT. In college, he
was an emergency services dispatcher for the university,
a position which whetted his passion for both radio and
emergency response. He has been a member of NYC-ARECS
since obtaining his license in mid-2011
Public Information Officer & EMS Coordinator
Alfassa (KI4GGU) is the Public Information Officer of NYC-ARECS
Alfassa has worked in the emergency management and public
safety field for near 20 years in various capacities. He
served as a sworn federal employee with the U.S. Dept.
of Health & Human Services. He was the Founding
Executive Officer of the Central U.S. National Medical
Response Team for Weapons of Mass Destruction (NMRTWMD),
a federal asset of the USPHS Office of Emergency Preparedness,
deployable to national venues where terrorism was a
threat. As the team's XO / Deputy Commander, he was an educator
on the effects of chem/bio weapons, being trained by members
of the U.S. Army's USAMRIID and the USMC Chemical/Biological
Incident Response Force (CBIRF). He is also a certified
OSHA Haz-Mat Incident Commander.
a Division Secretary & Public Affairs Officer with the
US Department of Homeland Security / US Coast Guard Auxiliary
in New York City and a member of the State of New York ServNY
Medical Emergency Response Team (New York City Medical Reserve
Corp). He is also a Member of the International
Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM),
As a young man, he was a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol
(US Air Force Auxiliary), and dedicated many years to volunteering
in his community with the American Red Cross. He
has been an EMT for 25 years (has been both BLS and ACLS
certified), and has worked professionally in those capacities.
In Florida, he served with the Seminole County Sheriff's
Office as a uniformed civilian on patrol and as an Auxiliary
Communications Officer with both Seminole County and Orange
County ARES. Shelomo
is an avid lover of world history and as an author and editor
has had several books on non-fiction topics published.
Tsukerman is an attorney who serves as General Counsel for
NYC-ARECS. She is admitted to practice in New York and New
Jersey, and has her own practice focused on start-ups and
small businesses, as well as civil litigation. Irina is
a graduate of Fordham University School of Law. She speaks
Russian and Spanish, and frequently volunteers for various
NYC-ARECS General Counsel's mission is to advance the mission
and objectives of the organization by providing sound judgment,
thoughtful analysis, and constructive legal advice through
effective communication. Our General Counsel supports the
administration of NYC-ARECS for the benefit of both the
team and the people we serve in New York City.
organization is comprised of many of the people that make
up the melting pot that is New York City. Not only English,
but team members speak Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hebrew,
German, Russian, Arabic and Yiddish. Our members are from
various backgrounds including Irish, Scottish, Puerto Rican,
Chinese, German, Venezuelan, Greek, Ukrainian, Russian,
Egyptian, Israeli and Italian.
Charles J. Hargrove also serves as Vice-President for the
borough of Staten Island
to join NYC-ARECS