Albany County, New York
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Honoree Served As Chairman of Albany County Democratic Committee
Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Vietnam War veteran Michael L. Burns. A ceremony was held on Monday, December 1, 2003, in the Cahill Room of the Albany County Office Building.
Michael L. Burns, a lifelong resident of Albany, graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and attended Ricker College in Maine before entering the United States Army in 1966. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam during the height of hostilities in 1967-68.
Burns was an ironworker for more than 35 years and was a dedicated leader in the Ironworkers Local No. 12, holding the positions of president, vice president, business manager, coordinator of the apprentice training program and trustee of the Ironworkers Health and Welfare and Pension Plans. His leadership in the labor movement was recognized throughout his career. He was the recipient of the Capital District Union Labor Award in 2002 and the Capital District Labor Parade, which he was instrumental in creating, is now dedicated to and named in his honor.
Burns was a prominent political leader, who worked for years behind the scenes at the grassroot level before becoming chairman of the Town of New Scotland Democratic Committee and later vice chairman and chairman of the Albany County Democratic Committee. He also was very active in many community service organizations, including as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3394 Latham, the American Legion Post No. 1493, the New York State Military Heritage Institute, the N.Y.P.D. Lieutenants Benevolent Association, St. Matthews Men’s Association and as coach of its C.Y.O. basketball team.
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