Elected Grand Line – FRONT ROW: Charles Catapano, Grand Treasurer; Jeffrey M. Williamson, Deputy Grand Master; William J. Thomas, Grand Master; Paul M. Rosen, Grand Secretary. TOP ROW: Richard S. Morley, Junior Grand Warden; Charles P. Uhle, Senior Grand Warden

MW William Thomas

RW Jeffrey Williamson

RW Charles Uhle

RW Richard S. Morley

RW Charles Catapano

RW Paul M. Rosen

Appointed Officers, 2014-2016

Appointed Line FRONT ROW: Nicholas J. Paolicelli, Grand Standard Bearer Peter M. Flihan, III, Senior Grand Deacon George D. Emmons, Grand Marshal James R. Kintzel, Deputy Grand Marshal Christopher ​J. Hough, Junior Grand Deacon James R. MacConnell, Deputy Grand Standard Bearer TOP ROW: Richard J. Kessler, Grand Lecturer Martin D. Merman, Grand Tiler Richard W. Bateman, Grand Pursuivant

GRAND MARSHAL – George D. Emmons
JUNIOR GRAND DEACON – Christopher J. Hough
GRAND STANDARD BEARER – Nicholas J. Paolicelli
GRAND TILER – Martin D. Merman
GRAND LECTURER – Richard J. Kessler
JUDGE ADVOCATE – Steven A. Rubin
PROCTOR – Marshal Shichtman
GRAND PURSUIVANT – Richard W. Bateman
Jordan I. Kaplan / Stephen A. Rumpf / Francis K. Wilcox / Eric S. Howd

Grand Master William J. Thomas

Most Worshipful William J. Thomas, Grand Master Masons in the State of New York

Most Worshipful William J. Thomas, Grand Master Masons in the State of New York

Brother Thomas was previously Deputy Grand Master and Grand Treasurer. He is a Past Master of Shakespeare Lodge, and of the American Lodge of Research. Previously Brother Thomas was Trustee of the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library. Brother Thomas was District Deputy Grand Master of the Sixth Manhattan District under Most Worshipful Edward R. Trosin. He also serves on the Committee on Unity for the Grand Lodge, the Brotherhood Foundation and various other appointments.

Brother Thomas is a frequent lecturer on various topics of Masonic interest, including Traditional Observance, history, biography and ritual. He is a Life Member of the Philalethes Society, and founded its Knickerbocker Chapter in New York City. He is a member of Thomas Smith Webb Chapter of Research, New Hampshire’s Anniversary Lodge of Research, and is Past Master of the American Lodge of Research. Brother Thomas has hosted a number of research programs for the Masonic Library on a variety of topics, including the 2008 tour with the Library’s Processus Contra Templarios, acquired from the Secret Archives of the Vatican.

Brother Thomas is active in all the York Rite bodies. He is Viceroy for St. Paul’s Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, and a member of the York Rite College in Long Island. He is a member of the Valley of New York, Scottish Rite; Kismet Temple; and Azim Grotto. Brother Thomas also is active in National Sojouners.

Brother Thomas is also a retired Enforcement Branch Chief for the New York office of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He is currently in private practice with his own company, SEC Intelligence LLC, in New York City. His work includes forensic accounting, accounting fraud, due diligence, anti-money laundering and corruption cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Brother Thomas was previously a Federal Special Agent with Navy Intelligence, and a peace keeper with the United Nations in Somalia.

Brother Thomas is a US Military veteran, and honorably served with the US Navy during the Viet Nam era. He is a member of the American Legion and the Military Order of the World Wars. The Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels commissioned him a Colonel in 2000 for his philanthropic work and service.

He is a member of the International Association for Asset Recovery, and both the French American Lawyers Association, and the Swiss American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.

Bill lives in Manhattan with his loving wife, Susan, and where they serve as principal staff for Willie, a demanding feline of undetermined origin. They attend St. John the Evangelist Church on East 55th Street in Manhattan.

Email: GrandMaster@NYMasons.Org

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Deputy Grand Master – Jeffrey M. Williamson

WilliamsonRW Jeffrey M. Williamson is currently serving as the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. He is a 33rd  Degree Mason; Past Grand High Priest of New York, and served as Deputy General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter RAM International.

Professionally, RW Jeffrey M. Williamson is a Project Manager-Engineer for Ferguson Electric of Buffalo, NY, which is one of the largest electrical contractor in the western region of New York, and holds all of the Master Electrician Licenses required for the various municipalities located in that area. He is also responsible for electrical design-build, estimating and project management.

In what little spare time he has, Brother Jeff enjoys spending time in the great outdoors which includes fly fishing, hunting and traveling. Brother Jeff is celebrating his 35th year in the Craft, and has an active and enjoyable life. He is married for 40 years to Carla Williamson; they have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. Bro. Jeff is an Ordained Elder and member of the Alden Presbyterian Church and a former Clerk of Session. He is involved in the Western New York community and also serves as Chairman of the Ferguson Electric’s United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Annual Campaign for more than 14 years having raised over a million dollars for this major community charity.

Email: DeputyGrandMaster@NYMasons.Org

Senior Grand Warden – Charles Uhle

UhleR W Charles P. Uhle was raised in Wappingers Lodge #671 in 1987, served as Master six times. He served as District Deputy Grand Master 2002 – 2004 under Grand Master Carl Fitje and 2004 – 2006 under Grand Master Edward Trosin. Brother Uhle is a Charter Member of the R. Malcolm Hunter Masonic War Veterans Post #53 and is currently serving as Commander and served in the Grand Line of Grand Post of Masonic War Veterans. He has served on numerous Grand Lodge Committees. Bro. Uhle was Junior Grand Warden under Grand Master Vincent Libone, and Trustee of the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library. He is a member of both York Rite and Scottish Bodies and has served as leader in most positions. Bro. Uhle was instrumental in the founding of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Chapter Order of DeMolay and is a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor (Active).

Charles was active in Boy Scouts and received the Bronze Pelican Award from Cardinal O’Connor for recognition of outstanding service to the spiritual development of youth in Scouting. He was a Committee Chairman and leader in 4-H. An active participant in the Christmas In April Program, he was three times team leader. He is involved with the Hudson Valley Honor Flight Program, flying WWII vets to Washington DC to visit the Memorials that were erected in their honor. He says there are lots of laughs and lots of tears. Bro. Uhle is married for 47 years to his wife Lillian (Mike). They have a son who is a Mason and a daughter who is married to a Brother Mason. He enjoys flying, especially aerobatics, and rowing; and holds a bronze and silver medal in the Empire State Games.

Email: SeniorGrandWarden@NYMasons.Org

Junior Grand Warden – Richard S. Morley

MorleyRaised in central NY on a family dairy farm. Joined the army serving in Germany. After service to his country, married his wife Nancy Goodwin. Three Sons: Richard C. (Gayle); Michael A. (Tais); and William S., all Past Masters. With 2 grandchildren: Dale (recent graduate of St. Bonaventure University) and Hannah. Raised 1995, Master in 2001, Secretary 2004 – 2008 and 2010 – 2013, DDGM 2008 – 2010, AGL 2010 – 2014. Recipient DSA, Vice Chairman Delaware District Masonic Safety ID Program, OSD Masonic Charities, Delaware Chapter #251 RAM High Priest, Oneonta Council #87 of Cryptic Masons, Norwich Commandry #46, Knights Templar.

Email: JuniorGrandWarden@NYMasons.Org

Grand Treasurer – Charles Catapano

CatapanoRight Worshipful Charles Catapano hails from Wantagh Morton Lodge #63 in the First Nassau District. He served as Master in 1993 and as Treasurer for 21 years. He served as District Deputy Grand Master 2008-2010. He is Vice Chairman of the Masonic Family and Fellowship Committee and Area #1 Chairman for the Masonic Brotherhood Fund.

Brother Catapano is retired from the NYPD where he worked on budget development and implementation. He currently works at North Shore LIJ Medical Center. He has an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and has worked in the financial industry for over 10 years. Brother Catapano enjoys spending time with his three children Christopher, Matthew and Jessica and has a passion for golf. He and his best friend Donna are enjoying their lives together and are looking forward to all the adventures ahead of them.

Email: GrandTreasurer@NYMasons.Org

Grand Secretary – Paul M. Rosen

RosenBro. Rosen was a Trustee of the Masonic Hall & Asylum Fund-2008-2014, and the Fraternity Dunderberg #942. He is a member of Buckingham Mohegan Royal Arch Chapter #174, Peekskill Council #55, Valley of White Plains AASR, and Past Master of Fraternity Dunderberg #942 (1998-2000 & 2001-2003). He also served as DDGM (2006-2008) and was Past Secretary of the Masters & Wardens Association.

Born in Queens and grew up in Merrick Long Island. Graduate of RPI and Cornell University Law School. Assistant District Attorney in Westchester, Law Secretary to a Judge and private practice of law since 1974. Deputy Town Attorney for Ossining and the Prosecutor for the Village of Croton for 23 years. Impartial Hearing Officer in Special Education Hearings throughout the State and in Disciplinary Hearings for Westchester, Yonkers Schools, Westchester BOCES as well as other School Districts. He and his Wife, Dr. Clare Rosen live in Briarcliff Manor and have two married children and two grandchildren.

Email: GrandSecretaryNY@NYMasons.Org