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Feb 27, 2024

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Visa Waiver A Top Item
At Pol-Am Congress Banquet

Brooklyn, N.Y.  .. There was good reason why U.S. Congressman Peter King (R-NY) received such a warm and enthusiastic welcome the Polish American Congress (PAC) and its guests gave him when he came to that organization’s October 26th Annual Awards Banquet at Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Polish & Slavic Center. Not only was he there as an honored guest but it was also announced that he had just added his name as another co-sponsor of H.R.1354, the proposed law which would allow Polish citizens to become part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.

In photo above: U.S. Congressman Peter King (center) and Rev. Joseph Szpilski C.M. (center left) were among individuals the Downstate NY Division of the Polish American Congress honored at its Annual Awards Banquet. Offering their congratulations are (from left): PAC President Frank Milewski; Rev. Marek Sobczak C.M., current pastor at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; former pastor Szpilski; Mr. King and vice presidents and banquet committee members, Bozena Kaminski, Andrew Kaminski and John Czaplinski. Photo by Downstate NY Polish American Congress 

The Polish American Congress is currently making an all-out nationwide effort to get the law passed and signed in this session of Congress.  At this time, bipartisan support of the measure has produced nearly 100 co-sponsors.

“We thanked Congressman King for his co-sponsorship and helping Polish people get into a program they should have been allowed to get into a long time ago,” said Milewski.

In addition to Mr. King, the PAC also honored three other individuals and three Polish American organizations during the banquet: Rev. Joseph Szpilski C.M., former pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; Henry Cioczek M.D., a Brooklyn oncologist who is also an advisor to the PAC’s Holocaust Documentation Committee and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The three organizations honored that evening were: the Pulaski Association of the New York City Police Department with its president, Michael Lukowski accepting the award; the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Professional Women’s Association, represented by President Barbara Blyskal and her Board and, finally, the Society of Polish American Travel Agents (SPATA) with Mrs. Honorata Pierwola accepting on their behalf.

– Frank Milewski