Report of the Nominating Committee

In compliance with Suffolk Federal Credit Union Bylaws, the Nominating Committee submitted its report to the Secretary of the Board of Directors on February 23, 2022. Those nominated for the two available Board seats are:


Robert Schaefer

Robert Schaefer, Director

Robert previously served as the Commissioner of Aviation at Long Island MacArthur Airport. As Commissioner, Schaefer was responsible for the management and operation of Long Island MacArthur Airport and Bayport Aerodrome. Prior to his position as Commissioner, Schaefer has held positions including Chief of Staff to Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Barraga, Deputy Commissioner of Aviation and Director of Security at Long Island MacArthur Airport and multiple positions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at JFK Airport where he was in charge of special flights, and other duties at all Port Authority facilities. He formally served on the Executive Board of the Long Island Visitors and Convention Bureau. Schaefer is the recipient of the Gold WTC Medal from the Port Authority for actions taken on September 11th at Ground Zero. He has also received numerous awards from the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. State Department, and United Nations.

Tanya Palmore

Tanya Palmore, Director

Tanya is currently the Executive Director of North Fork Housing Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves the North Fork of Eastern Long Island. The organization participates in the Section 8 housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and serves, without discrimination, low and moderate-income residents who wish to acquire affordable housing. As Executive Director, Tanya works closely with community development offices, various organizations and financial institutions to develop housing units and related services. She is responsible for devising capital program strategies, business plans and housing network recommendations. Additionally, writing grants and submitting applications on behalf of the agency. She ably serves as the Public Relations Manager for the housing program. Tanya’s tenure has spanned a 21-year career at North Fork Housing Alliance, Inc. She received her Masters of Science degree in Tax Accounting from the University of Albany and her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Geneseo.

Notice to Members

Suffolk Federal Credit Union bylaws also provide for nominations to be made by petition and signed by at least 500 members.  Petition forms are available by contacting Laura Racioppi, 631-924-8000 ext. 8311 and must be picked up in person during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) at the Medford Main Office, 3681 Horseblock Road, Medford.  Nominations by Petition must be filed to the attention of the Credit Union Secretary at Suffolk Federal’s Medford Main Office no later than Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

Each nominee by petition must submit a statement of qualifications and biographical data along with a signed certificate stating they are agreeable to being nominated and will serve if elected to office.

Elections will not be conducted by ballot and there will be no nominations from the floor when there is only one nominee for each position.

The full slate of all candidates running for a seat on the Board of Directors will be posted in all Credit Union offices by Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

The results of the election will be announced during Suffolk Federal’s Virtual Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM.  Information, including dial-in participation and voting details if any, will be available on our website at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

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