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Columbia County Association details 117th annual dinner meeting

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Michael Bucci
April 26, 2018 11:34 am

NEW YORK CITY — The Columbia County Association in the City of New York have announced the details for their 117th Annual dinner meeting on May 10 at Gallaghers Steakhouse in New York City. The Board of Directors has voted to honor A. Michael Bucci Jr as the 2018 distinguished Citizen. The Association is a historic social organization which meets once a year to present its distinguished citizen award.

The May 10 event in New York City is open to anyone wishing to attend. Anyone wanting to attend are asked to consider joining the organization by paying the annual dues of $20 to help defray costs. The organization also provides a donation to the Columbia Greene Foundation, The United Way of Columbia Greene Counties and The Red Cross.

Mike Bucci is the son of Antonio M. Bucci Sr. and Judith A. Bucci of Greenport. Mike’s family, longtime residents of Hudson, have owned “Bucci’s Labella Napoli Restaurant” for more than 50 years at 517 Warren St., Hudson.

Bucci resides in Greenport with his wife, Dawn, of 33 years. They are the parents of Anthony III (Tony), Dominic and Kristofer; Tony and his fiancé, Kim, reside in Los Angeles; Dominic and his wife Lizzy and daughter Elliana and Kris and his girlfriend, Jessica, all live in Greenport. Bucci has one brother, Bob. He and husband, Chris Boneau, live in NYC and Hillsdale.

Born and raised in Hudson, Bucci is an honors graduate of Hudson High School in 1979. He was a three sport letterman upon graduation. He graduated Cum Laude from Villanova University in 1983, where he was a member of the school’s intercollegiate Bowling team, serving as team captain from 1981-83. As an adult, Bucci bowled a perfect 300 game and two 299 games. pon graduation, he was immediately hired by the international accounting firm Ernst and Whinney, at the time, the largest accounting firm in the world. He became a Certified Public Accountant in November of 1985. While at Ernst and Whinney, he was responsible for audit and consulting services for more than 100 different audit and tax clients, including large multi-state clients registered with the SEC, the largest being Key Corp headquartered in Albany, with subsidiaries in 10 states.

He became a Senior Manager with the firm before accepting a position with one of his clients, the NYS Bridge Authority in Highland in 1988. As Audit Director and Controller, he was responsible for the implementation, maintenance and adequacy of all financial and management accounting and reporting systems, including the Authority’s system of internal accounting control review and coordination of the EZPass system with the NYS Thruway Authority. He was on the interagency committee for the regional implementation of EZPass. Their goal, long since accomplished, was to seamlessly implement the use of EZPass, with all the proper legal and financial policies and controls, using one tag, one account, from Maine to Florida. Bucci was responsible for an annual budget of over $10 million. During his tenure with the Authority, Standard & Poors and Moody’s investor services rated the Authority’s financial risk rating at AA- and A1, respectively, the highest rating in the industry and the Authority’s internal control program received an A rating by the NYS Division of Budget. Bucci accomplished this while maintaining a small tax and bookkeeping business with his wife from their Greenport home.

In 1998, Bucci spring boarded that experience by joining the prestigious Hudson Valley accounting firm of Pattison, Koskey, & Rath, P.C. as a partner. He became a shareholder in 2000. In 2003, he became Treasurer and equity owner in the firm and as a result the firm voted to be renamed “Pattison, Koskey, Howe and Bucci, CPAs, P.C.” He has been its Managing Shareholder since 2008. The firm has prospered under his leadership to 10 partners, 18 CPAs, and six offices in the Hudson Valley. PKHB has been named the 1 tax preparation firm for over 10 years in the Albany metropolitan area in the “Book of Lists” presented by the Albany Business review.

In 2008, Bucci, with partners Nancy Patzwahl and Gary Graziano, started Hudson Valley Resource Group, Inc., a full service payroll and human resources company servicing over 275 local business, not for profit companies and municipalities in 12 different states.

Bucci has served on many local boards including the Twin County Vikings, the Hudson Little League, the Hudson Boys and Girls Club, Hudson BPOE lodge 787, Hudson Rotary, the Greenport Park Commission, Hudson Dollars for Scholars, Hudson Booster Club and the Columbia County Association of the City of NY, serving as Treasurer in all of these organizations. He was one of the founders of the Hudson Booster Club in 2005 that was “One of several organizations integral in raising $325,000 to keep the sports and music programs for the Hudson City School District when the Budget was defeated in 2005.” Bucci has also coached many youth baseball and basketball teams, including all-star and tournament teams of various age groups. He was named to First Niagara Bank’s eastern regional advisory board in 2009 and remained on the board until its merger with Key Corp in 2017. He is a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the NYS Society of CPAs. He is currently a member of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy 659, serving as trustee and was named its “Positive Image Award” recipient in 2005.

Bucci enjoys traveling with his wife to “places we’ve never been,” playing golf, working out, running, sports, and Dawn’s cooking. Bucci loves spending time with his family.

He is honored and proud to have been chosen for this award by this amazing, talented, intelligent and very successful group of his peers. Looking up at his grandfathers in heaven he says “You always said ‘Make us proud,’ I hope that I have.”

Anyone wanting to join us in honoring Mike Bucci should contact Julie Genovese at 518-828-2700 ext. 1102 or Nina Fingar at 518-537-6244 or mail reservations to C/O Fingar Insurance, PO BOX 158, Germantown, NY 12526. There will be bus transportation leaving Columbia Greene Community College at 2 p.m. May 10. The cost of the dinner is $150. The cost of the roundtrip bus is $45.