Craig Newmark New York Tri-State Chapter

Welcome to Blue Star Families of New York Tri-State!

Hello, friend!

Thank you for visiting YOUR Blue Star Chapter page! With the Craig Newmark New York Tri-State Chapter, there are many unique opportunities to explore and enjoy our region’s treasures — from a walk through beautiful Central Park to gazing out to sea from the Montauk Lighthouse and enjoying Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskills.

As a Coast Guard military spouse and Veteran, I have a passion for making sure our service members and their families, past and present, are integrated and empowered by the community in which they live, work, and play. I look forward to sharing supportive resources and programming that are available to you in this diverse region.

To stay current on upcoming meet-ups, I invite you to join Blue Star Families and follow our Chapter Facebook page. If you are looking for a way to give back, I also encourage you to volunteer with us!

Remember, this is YOUR Chapter. Please feel free to reach out at any time with ideas, suggestions, or opportunities on how we, as a community, can best support you.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Andie Coakley
Craig Newmark New York Tri-State Chapter Director
[email protected]




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All-Elite Wrestling

Blue Star Families is welcoming you join us for All Elite Wrestling in Long Island!!   Register for the opportunity to enjoy tickets to:   All Elite Wrestling Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM ET UBS Arena…

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Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM EST – Upcoming Dates April 6th & 20th May 4th & 18th June 1st & 15th Back by popular demand!…

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Nourish the Service Pantry on Fort Wadsworth

Nourish the Service Pantry on Fort WadsworthThe Craig Newmark New York Tri-State Chapter of Blue Star Families, in collaboration with Staten Island Giving Circle, invites you to visit the FREE monthly Food & Essential Pantry…

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04.16.23 Month of the Military Child Dandelion Festival Lason Park

Join Blue Star Families of the New York Tri-State and Vet2Vet of Family Services of Westchester for a fun-filled day of celebrating our military kids, both past and present. The dandelion is the flower of…

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04.18.23 Starbucks Coffee Connect Brooklyn

PLEASE NOTE: The process for signing up for our events has changed. Event registration now happens inside our new Blue Star Neighborhood member platform. The great news is, once you’re registered with us, sign-ups will be…

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Yoga with Veteran’s Yoga Project

Come join Blue Star Families and Veterans Yoga Project for some lunchtime yoga! All levels!  No experience necessary! Wednesday, April 19 11:15AM-12:00PM Fort Wadsworth Gym- Lower Level

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Signature Programs


Join us in the Blue Star Neighborhood

Blue Star Neighborhood is our new online community exclusively for Blue Star Families members and the newest way to connect with other military spouses and families. You'll find all the latest information about your chapter there as well as access to signing up for events, perks, and exciting exclusive content.

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Town Hall series

Our Homefront & Frontlines Town Hall Series features high-profile speakers covering topics of key importance to military members, Veterans, and their families.

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STARBUCKS: More than a Cup of Coffee

Together with Starbucks, we are committed to strengthening military and Veteran families and connecting Americans to those who serve through opportunities like regular Coffee Connects for military spouses, welcome to the community events, and Yellow Ribbon Trees.

Help build community by sharing your local favorites or signing up to volunteer.


Campaign for Inclusion

All Blue Star Families programming is informed by our research. For this reason, research and advocacy is a key pillar of our Campaign for Inclusion. While all Blue Star Families research in the future will continue to look at data through a racial equity and inclusion lens, our groundbreaking studyThe Diverse Experiences of Military and Veteran Families of Color provides unparalleled insight into how military families experience military life.

Get Settled and Connected

Help sustain our community building efforts or volunteer!

Check out the following national and local resources to empower your family.

Blue Star Careers

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We are listening and working to ensure you have the chance for a fulfilling career during your military journey.

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