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Excellence In Success Honors Active And Retired Correction Officers At Brentwood Country Club

By Phil Andrews

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 Excellence In Success presented the Excellence In Corrections Awards Luncheon at the Brentwood Country Club.  The awards luncheon honored active and retired Corrections Officers for their excellence.  The keynote presentation was presented by Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon.  On November 7, 2017, Errol Toulon was elected to the position of Sheriff of Suffolk County.

Suffolk County Sheriff Eroll Toulon



On January 1, 2018, Errol Toulon officially became Suffolk County’s first African-American Sheriff.  In his position as Sheriff he will oversee the Sheriff’s Office working to serve and protect Suffolk County residents through innovative programs to reduce inmate recidivism, by promoting sound fiscal policies and by working cooperatively with law enforcement and community groups throughout the county to improve our neighborhoods and correctional facilities., Networking

The luncheon included a Cocktail Hour, Networking Hour, and a Red Carpet Photo Opps.  Opening remarks were presented by Alicia Figueras-Lambert.  Alicia  Figueras-Lambert saluted the luncheon special keynote speaker  Sheriff’s Eroll Toulon body of work which lead to a rousing applause prior to his keynote speech which made for an illustrious introduction of Mr. Toulon.

Among the honorees for the luncheon were Lt. William M. G. Perry, Executive Office of the Academy Bureau/County Relations Unit, Phil Andrews, NYCDOC Retired Correction Officer/President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Past Two Term President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., Julius Nelson, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office of Community Affairs, Keith Ellision, Sergeant Suffolk County Sherriff’s Office, and Vera (Bethea) Fludd.  In March of 2018 Vera Fludd was appointed Sheriff of Nassau County.  She is the first African American and woman to have ever held this position.


Left to Right: Lt. William M. G. Berry Executive Office Academy/Community Relations Unit, Timothy Simmons, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, James Robinson, NYCDOC, Intellengence and Special Operations Investigative Unit, Steve E. Kennedy, Correction Officer, Victoria Moore, NYCDOC, Correction Officer, Phil Andrews, NYCDOC Retired Correction Officer/President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc./Past Two Term President of 100 Black Men, Camille Serrano, NYCDOC Retired Correction Officer, Suffolk County Sheriff Eroll Toulon, Nassau County Sheriff Vera (Bethea Fludd), Julius Nelson, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office of Community Relations Unit, Sonia Hudson, NYCDOC, Correction Officer, Tim Hopkins, Suffolk County Correction Officer, Keith Ellison, Sergeant Suffolk County Sheriffs Office, Sabrina Blennan, Captain NYCDOC/Mentor, Jonathan Wharton, Nassau County Correctional Officer Retired/Law Enforcement Police Chaplain


Excellence in Success is a company designed to give a platform to honor the unsung heroes, the altruistic one, future leaders and role models in our communities across the country.  So often many wonderful accomplishments go unnoticed.

There are many success stories; however success isn’t always achieved through appropriate means. Excellence in Success provides encouragement of excellence by building relationships, hosting awards ceremonies and showing the value of one’s work.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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