FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Burke Named Selective Service State Director for New York
(Dec. 1, 1997) Ms. Rosetta Y. Burke has been named state director
of the Selective Service System for New York. Gov. George
E. Pataki nominated Burke for this presidential appointment
which was signed recently by the National Director of the
Selective Service System, Gil Coronado.
state director for New York, Burke will provide liaison between
Selective Service and the governor's office and will represent
the governor and National Director on Selective Service matters
in New York. Although young men are required to register with
Selective Service at age 18, there is no plan to draft men
into the military at present. There is, however, a need to
maintain a national readiness posture in case of an emergency.
It would require an act of Congress to reinstate inductions.
has an extensive and varied personal background. She attended
Harlem Hospital School of Nursing, Adelphi University, and
the C.W. Post Center, Long Island University. Burke retired
as Superintendent (Warden) from the New York State Department
of Corrections in October 1992. She served with the Army Reserve
from 1962 to 1992. Burke joined the New York Army National
Guard in 1993, retiring as Major General in 1997, culminating
a military career of over 35 years of service. She was the
first female Assistant Adjutant General of New York State
and of the Army National Guard. In February 1996, Burke received
the Medgar Evers Courage Award from the NAACP of the Capital
District of New York.
is a member of the Reserve Officers Association, The Retired
Officers Association, Association for the Military Surgeons
of the United States, National Guard Association of the United
States, Militia Association of New York, National Black Nurses
Association, Black Nurses Association of the Capital District,
Harlem Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, American Correctional
Association of the United States of America, New York State
Minorities in Criminal Justice, and National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People.
is a part of a small but talented and dedicated group of individuals
who are affiliated with the Selective Service System. New
York is in Region I of the Selective Service System which
also includes Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware,
Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Vermont, and Wisconsin.
further information, contact: Ronald V. Meilstrup at (847)
Release # 98-001R