By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 9, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) was very pleased to honor longtime volunteer and soccer lifer Howard Rubenstein on Saturday, November 5. Howard received our Distinguished Service Award and a standing ovation at Eastern New York’s Hall of Fame Banquet celebrating our 50th anniversary at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
As new leagues were created, both the youth and adult associations started admitting clubs north of Albany so our original name of Southern New York was obviously no longer appropriate. Since our geographic area now encompassed clubs from Long Island to the Canadian border east of Route 81, which connects Binghamton and Syracuse, in 1984, Howard and the incoming President, Peter Masotto, changed the name to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. Howard and Costas Mallios made the same name change from Southern New York to Eastern New York with the adults in 1988.