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New York

Committee Leadership

Mr. Ten Eyck B. Powell State Chair
Ms. Mary Westmoreland State Vice Chair 
Mr. Emil Baker Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Hy Taylor  Military Outreach Director
Mrs. Iilani Taylor Public Affairs Director
Mr. Kent Schneider  Training Director
Mr. Bill Cleary Ombudsman Director
Mr. William J. McLean Assistant Ombudsman Director
Vacant  Awards Director
Mr. Jonathan Quinlan Northern Area Chair
Mr. Jonathan Quinlan Central Area Chair
Mr. Roger Woodworth Western Area Chair
Mr. Eric Wheeler Genesee Area Chair
Mr. James D'Agostino Long Island Area Chair
Mr. Doug Little Lower Hudson Valley Area Chair
Mrs. Mary Westmoreland New York City Area Chair


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates Service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.

Contact Information

Daisy Smith Volunteer Support Technician Contractor Division of Military & Naval Affairs 330 Old Niskayuna Rd.
Latham NY 12110

Hy Taylor Division of Military & Naval Affairs 330 Old Niskayuna Rd
Latham NY 12110


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July 12, 2024ESGR Announces 2024 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award Recipients

Fifteen Exceptional Employers Recognized for Top Honor

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2024 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award--the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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May 29, 2024Secretary of Defense appoints John F. Sampa as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has appointed retired Command Sgt. Maj. John F. Sampa, as the National Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. ESGR’s National Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position.

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May 27, 2024In Memoriam Pennsylvania ESGR State Chair Emeritus George Duell

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, honors the memory of George H. Duell, Jr. who was the State Chair from 2001–2007

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