New York 2012:12

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The Official E-Newsletter of the New York Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the New York Local
December 2012


Congratulations to New York Local member Nick Fondulis, who submitted the winning suggestion for the title of the New York Local’s e-newsletter, Local Vocal. Nick will receive some SAG-AFTRA gear and bragging rights for his creativity. Thank you, Nick!


For more than 130 years, The Actors Fund, with funding from the SAG Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund and the AFTRA Foundation, has provided a wide variety of social, health, employment and housing services, including assisted living, nursing home care and even short-stay rehabilitation for performing arts and entertainment professionals and their eligible family members at The Fund’s Lillian Booth Actors Home. Nestled on a quiet residential street in Englewood, N.J., the Lillian Booth Home sits on six beautifully landscaped acres.
At the Home, residents enjoy monthly visits from entertainers and celebrities like Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara and Tommy Tune, who performed his act for residents at the end of October. The Home also provides residents with many fulfilling activities by offering music, art and pet therapies, daily exercise classes, local community outings to shows, restaurants, cultural events and more. Recently, residents enjoyed working with the award-winning creators of the documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars (directed by Hank Rogerson and produced by Jilann Spitzmiller) on their new film about our residents mounting a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2009, the Home completed a $12 million renovation and expansion, adding more beds, a new rehabilitation wing and updated public spaces like the MusiCares Salon and the Mary Fisher Secret Garden.
Residents enjoy visits from families and friends, but there are many residents that can benefit from the interaction that only a fellow performer can provide. Consider volunteering to spend an afternoon with a resident. Listen to their wonderful tales and share your own. Conveniently accessible by public transportation, this volunteer opportunity will mean so much to the residents, and will enrich your life immeasurably.
For more information on volunteering at the Home, please contact Nancy Gronwoldt, Human Resources Manager, The Lillian Booth Actors Home by phone at (201) 871-8882 ext. 506 or by email. For information about The Actors Fund and all of its free programs and services for SAG-AFTRA members, visit

New York Local Vocal: Featuring an interview by Q104.3’s Jim Kerr with Z100’s Elvis Duran and much more!

Volunteer to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy

A Message from the New York Local Co-Presidents

Greetings, New York Local Members,

All of us at SAG-AFTRA New York want to acknowledge the extraordinary event our region endured at the end of October. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, both to our union brethren and to our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. It has been a time of loss, but also of generosity and unity. Information about recovery assistance is included above and is also available on the New York SAG-AFTRA Web page. We both feel extremely proud and grateful to be part of a community that looks after its own.

"Local Vocal" represents our first official New York electronic newsletter. This newsletter will be a conduit for information between issues of our printed newsletter, the first of which was published in October. Our goal is to use all available media — printed, electronic, social — to communicate with you in the most effective and efficient ways possible. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

On Monday, Nov. 5, we held our New York Fall Membership Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square. Despite the turmoil of the recent storm, more than 230 members attended to hear reports and updates about union business. The highlight of the meeting was a presentation of the recently approved New York Local Constitution. We want to acknowledge the hard work of staff and the members of the New York Governance Review Committee in creating a document which will serve and empower the members of SAG-AFTRA New York. A copy of the constitution can be found here along with helpful information about choosing your member work category. Additional highlights from the membership meeting can be found below.

As we continue to move forward and strengthen SAG-AFTRA New York's position in the city and in our industries, our aspirations always seem to come back to the necessity of collaboration. Like neighbors and strangers supporting each other through these recent storms, we succeed by standing together, in unity.

Holter Graham
Mike Hodge
New York Local Co-Presidents


Elvis Duran and Jim Kerr
Elvis Duran and Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr/Elvis Duran Interview

Click here to listen to a great audio interview with New York radio personalities Jim Kerr and Elvis Duran! 

We are delighted to bring you the first in a series of audio interviews with SAG-AFTRA New York Local broadcasters. Listen to the interview at your computer, or download to your mobile device and listen on the go. Jim and Elvis discuss their careers, the importance of union membership, and the various performance skills required in the radio business. Actors, broadcasters and all SAG-AFTRA members will enjoy this interview!

Jim Kerr and Elvis Duran are both longtime New York radio personalities and members of SAG-AFTRA. Jim Kerr can be heard weekday mornings on Q104.3 and Elvis Duran can be heard weekday mornings on Z100.

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