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Bay Shore Resident Helps Renovate American Legion

PSEG Long Island is celebrating veterans throughout the week of Veterans Day by improving the homes and facilities of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, including doing construction, improvement and making efficiency upgrades at the American Legion Post #1082 in East Meadow. The theme of the week of service is “Vets Helping Vets.”

“Someone once said that you make a living by what you get, and you make a life by what you give,” said Joe Bertagni, a senior project control engineer with PSEG Long Island’s Transmission and Distribution organization, who lives in Bay Shore. “I’m honored to give back to our veterans through this community service project supported by my employer.”

The group of PSEG Long Island employees, which included military veterans, removed trash, debris and old furniture, painted, pulled out old carpet and laid new carpet, installed new energy-efficient LED lighting and renovated the space on the second floor. Additional work was performed at the building last week, including upgrading outdoor lighting to energy-efficient LEDs, clearing out debris and staining a large deck. 

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization aimed at advocating patriotism across the country. Its members are all active-duty veterans who have served between Dec. 7, 1941, and today.

PSEG Long Island is doing six other community service activities for veterans this week.

“Supporting our communities is a huge part of PSEG Long Island’s employee culture,” said Daniel Eichhorn, president and COO of PSEG Long Island. “We are also proud to employ many veterans of our armed forces. During this time of year, when the nation recognizes the sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country, we felt it was especially important to devote our community service to improving veterans’ lives.”

PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged 26,000 service hours, at 1,145 fundraising and community events to support more than 400 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit

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