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SIM-07: Lee S. Covino Collection, 1974-1990

Identifier: SIM-07


Lee S. Covino has been an advocate for veterans and the handicapped, disabled and elderly for many years. Covino is a Vietnam veteran and the cofounder and a former chairman of the Veterans Action Coalition (VAC).He also served as a member of Governor Cuomo's Council on Home Care. The collection documents Covino's work and the relationships that he established with local leaders and politicians to accomplish the goal of establishing better services for Staten Islanders. The collection also documents the activities of the Veterans Action Coalition (VAC) and provides insight into the needs and activities of Vietnam Veterans in the local and college communities directly after the Vietnam War. A 2003 Oral History interview with Lee Covino, conducted by Jeffrey Kroessler, can be found in the Library Archives and Special Collections and in the General Stacks, with the call number F127 .S7 C65 v.9.


  • Creation: 1974 - 1990


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Folder 1: Portfolio of Lee Covino I, 1975-1980 - Correspondence and articles relating to various efforts by Covino to address issues related to adult homes, Medicaid, senior citizens, and the hearing impaired. - News releases discussing Medicaid regulations, Broadwiew Manor and the Veterans Advisement Center. - Statement of the purpose of the Veterans' Action Colation (VAC) newsletter. Folder 2: Portfolio of Lee Covino II, 1981-1984 - Two items of correspondence a photocopy of the certificate nominating Covino to be appointed as a member of the State Council on Home Care Services. - Clippings on Vietnam Veterans' services and the creation of a Veterans' Outreach Center on Staten Island. Covino worked at the center and assisted in its creation. Folder 3: Portfolio of Lee Covino III, 1985-1990 - Correspondence and clippings regarding Covino's appointment as a member of the State Council on Home Care Services. - Clippings discussing Vietnam Veterans' programs, issues and events on Staten Island. Folder 4: Press Releases, Testimonies and Community Service Projects, 1976-1984 - Statement before the U.S. Department of Defense - Department of the Navy concerning the proposed Navy Homeport on Staten Island. - Press release, newsletters, clippings and statements related to Vietnam Veterans' issues and events. - Public hearing statements, correspondence and clippings related to adult homes and issues affecting the handicapped and disabled. Folder 5: Press Releases, Testimonies and Community Service Projects, 1985-1993 - Several testimonies and statements from various public hearings made by Covino as Chairman of the Veterans Action Coalition (VAC). - One public hearing statement made by Covino before the New York State Senate Health Committee on his nomination to the Council on Home Care Services. - Press releases and a few newsletters put out by the Veterans Action Coalition (VAC). - Two public hearing statements by Adolphus S. Stuart, Executive Board Member of the Veterans Action Coalition. - One press release meal programs for senior citizens from the City of New York Department for the Aging. Folder 6: V.A.C. Newsletter, 1974-1977, 1984-1990 - Newsletter on interests of concern to veterans. This was issued first by the Veterans Advisement Center on the campus of the Staten Island Community College (SICC) and continued to be published under the College of Staten Island after SICC became part of the college in 1976. The college's name no longer appears on the newsletter starting in the fall of 1988.

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Part of the CSI Archives & Special Collections Repository