News and Events


ALDONYS NYC Meeting-Thursday, 11/9/17 
 Carragher’s NYC
 228 W. 39th St.
 NY, NY 10018
 2nd Floor
Board Meeting-4pm
Networking- 5:30pm
Buffet Dinner/Speaker 6pm
Cost- $55
Our Speaker will be Elizabeth Greenwood, author of PLAYING DEAD: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, a nonfiction book about faked deaths and disappearance.  Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Guernica, O, the Oprah MagazineLenny Letter and the digital editions of The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, and VICE. She has received fellowships from Omi Ledig House, the MacDowell Colony, and the Ucross Foundation, among others, and she teaches creative nonfiction at the New School and Columbia University.

Learn more at
Please RSVP to Julie at: 

Purchase your ticket for the 11/9 event now with PayPal 

ALDONYS Albany Meeting

Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017 
LOCATION: Jack’s Oyster House 42 State St, Albany, NY 12207
TIME: 6-9PM 
PHONE: (518) 465-8854 
Guest Speaker: Jack Nielsen 
PRICE: $ 55.00 per person


ALDONYS at Annual SPI Dinner on 9/28/17

Rye Meeting

Social media research and how to use it to your advantage in the Private Investigation AND Security field.

Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at Ruby‘s Oyster Bar and Bistro at 45 Purchase Street Rye, NY 10580 

Our guest speaker will be: 

Andres Arevalo of Skopenow

Skopenow is an open source search engine that uses social media data to build digital records for skip tracing, evidence discovery, fraud detection, and due-diligence purposes. 

They are excited to work with ALDONYS and will be discussing a discounted rate to members that attend the meeting

Andres came on board the Skopenow team as lead account executive for the PI vertical in August of 2016. Since then the team has made a huge push into the PI industry, presenting at conferences and dinners, and conducting demonstrations via webinars. Andres joined Skopenow with multiple years of technology sales experience, account management, and leadership.

Learn marketing techniques of how to implement this service through your Investigation business or your Guard company


THE COST FOR THE EVENT IS $55.00 at the door or Via Pay Pal (Additional charge)  Starting 6/13/17



Aldonys Board Meeting:     4:00 pm

Meet & Greet:                       5:30 pm

Dinner:                                  6:00 pm


Please contact our Regional Host Lenny Zapka to RSVP. He can be reached at

ALDONYS Long Island



Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, April 13th, 2017  at 5:30pm at Frank’s Steaks 54 Lincoln Ave Rockville Centre, NY 11570.  


This will be an extraordinary networking event for professionals in the Private Investigations and Security Industries. This will be a joint meeting with ASIS-Long Island.


Our guest speaker will be: 


Aldonys Board Meeting: 4:00 pm

Meet & Greet: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Cost: $55.00


Please contact Julie to RSVP. 

Board Member: Julie O’Brien:


Thank you,


Daniel Sepulveda

Vice President-Security Services

Summit Security Services, Inc.

390 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, New York 11556

Direct: 516-240-2432

Mobile: 917-577-2921

Facsimile: 516-686-0604


Gil Alba will be passing the torch to the New ALDONYS President Daniel Sepulveda.  Do not miss this event . . . Meet Dan, your new president. On Thursday February 23th, 2017, the swearing in of the incoming President Daniel Sepulvida & new Board members will take place. This is the meeting to attend. You will be networking with some of the finest professionals in the industry, whether it is private investigators or security specialist.

O’Reilly s Bar + Kitchen

21 W 35th St New York, NY 10001 b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave

Date: February 23, 2017

Board Meeting 4:00 -5:30 Meet & Greet 5:30 - 6:00 Dinner (Buffet) 6:00 - 8:00 Swearing in New President and New Board Members Cost $60.00 per person

Open Bar 5:30 to 6:30 pm

New York Regional Directors Julie O’Brien and Steven Rambam will be hosting the event and making everyone feel comfortable. Please RSVP if you are attending, whether you paid by check, PayPal or paying at the door.

Head count required. Contact: Julie O´Brien: Steven Rambam:


Holiday Party


Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and  

Prosperity in the New Year.

President Gil Alba Message:

This being the end of my term as the Aldonys President, all are invited

to attend the Holiday Party and share this special time of year.

What a perfect time for all of us to get together, have a good time and celebrate with other Aldonys members, friends and associates and meet Dan Sepulveda, the new president.

Great networking, great company and great friends. Bring a friend.

The Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State cordially invites you to join us for a 

festive holiday celebration 


Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Legends Restaurant

6 West 33rd St.

New York, NY 10001

Cost $55.00

Time 6 to 9 pm

**One Hour Open Bar**

6:15 to 7:15 pm


RSVP Julie O’Brien - Board Member 

Friends are welcome.

Julie O’Brien: 

Send Check to:


PO Box 13684

Albany, NY 12212

Pay by Paypal

Pay at the Door


All attending must RSVP Julie, whether payment is made by PayPal, check or at the door.

Head count required for Legends Restaurant.

Last Year’s Holiday Event reached capacity - 

Do not be left out, register early.


Introducing the ALDONYS Awards Night at Rosie O’Gradys - The Manhattan Club
Message from President Gil Alba

Approaching the end of my term, Aldonys is entering a very exciting 
time of the year . . .  the Awards Dinner.  

I invite all, to not only attend, but to be part of the celebration honoring our recipients receiving very worthy  awards. 

Aldonys committee members want to make everyone feel comfortable and special. I am personally looking forward to meeting everyone and 
all are welcome.

Committee Members
Dan Sepulveda
Dave Zeldin
Dennis Lyons
Mario Doyle
Theresa Balfe
Tom Ruskin


201 West 52nd Street 
(corner 7th Avenue)
New York, New York 10019
Tel. (212) 489-9595

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception 
(6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Banquet Dinner, 
One Hour Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Viennese Table
Beverages: Four Hour Premium Open Bar

Separate Entrance on 52nd St. to The Manhattan Club
Upstairs - Rosie O’Gradys Restaurant
Discount Parking (Stamped) next to the entrance door on 52n St.
Elevator to 2nd floor Banquet Room
Easy Public Transportation
Subway - E, B and D
Coat Room
The following awards will be presented to

Person of the Year Award  
 Benjamin B. Tucker 
Benjamin Tuckers blend of law enforcement, public service, and academic experience led to Mr. Tucker was appointed as Deputy Commissioner during Police Commissioner William J. Brattons reengineering of the New York City Police Department in 2014. In 2015, Mr. Tucker was promoted to First Deputy Commissioner and entrusted to design and implement a broad range of policy, programs, and training to strengthen community relations and improve the performance of the Department. 
Investigator of the Year 
Scott Schuster
Scott J. Schuster, President of Servico Inc., a legal service company based in Albany since 1924, said, Servico applauds Governor Cuomo and the Department of State for embracing innovative technology that transforms business filings into a streamlined, cost-effective and environmentally friendly process. Our company has been an integral partner in the testing and implementation of the new online system and our understanding of how the new program relates to New York State Laws, Rules and Regulations will prove invaluable to the public as well as the legal community.

Eugene R. Fink Award
Robert Tucker

This award recognizes individuals whose contributions have enhanced the professionalism of the security and investigations sector. Today, Mr. Tucker is leading T&M to national and international prominence as a sophisticated, multidimensional protection and investigations company that provides corporations and high net-worth individuals with a full range of products and discreet solutions that enable them to respond to the threats and risks of the 21st Century.

Security Guard of the Year (Posthumously) 
Idrissa Camara

Accepting the Award is Ayana Simmons
And FJC Security Company Representative  - Robert Hope
"Father, 53, who agreed to work overtime at Manhattan federal building shot dead by deranged gunman who then killed himself"
Idrissa Camara could have been home with his children, but chose instead to put in a few hours of overtime - a decision that cost the security guard his life when a deranged gunman shot him at his post in a federal building in SoHo. Camara, 53, was blasted at point blank rage by 68-year-old Kevin Downing, a retired U.S. Army Reserves captain outraged that he was fired by the Department of Labor Statistics for supposedly blowing the whistle on what he called "disclosing inexcusable public waste." After shooting Camara, Downing shot and killed himself.

Tommy Hilfiger was kind enough to donate the table for Hope For The Warriors

Jessica McKinney is the Regional Operations Manager for Hope for the Warriors
For the past 10 years, Hope For The Warriors has been dedicated to serving those who have served. As a Veteran Service Organization, they provide a full-cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen. We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.


Individual Tickets are $150.00 each and Tables of Ten are $1,500.00 each. 
Tables include a FREE Full Page Ad. 

Journal Ads are as follows
Inside Back Cover ($1,800.00; or $1,550.00, to upgrade from Free Table Page)
Gold Page ($400.00; or $225.00, to upgrade from Free Table Page)
Full Page ($275.00; or FREE, with a paid Table of 10)
Half Page ($175.00)
Quarter Page ($100.00)
The Cut Off Date For ADS is November 9, 2016 
Make checks payable to ALDONYS and forward to
PO Box 13684
Albany, NY 12212

Please call or email Julie to reserve a spot.

Board Member  Julie O’Brien:

Gil Alba
President of ALDONYS
914 646 1302


SPI Dinner


Brooklyn, NY


September 15th, 2016


Albany, NY


August 16th - 19th, 2016

World Investigator's Conference


PI Magazine


June 24th, 2016

Long Island, NY




P.I. Boot Camp
(Avoiding License Suspensions or Revocation,
False Complaints and Operational Errors)
The New Yorker Wyndham Hotel,

New York, New York

Spectacular Event - April 14th Meeting

Date:  Thursday, April 14, 2016
Location:           Rye Grill & Bar
                            1 Station Plaza,
                            Rye, NY 10580
Board Meeting: 4:00 pm
Meet & Greet: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Cost: $55.00
Guest Speaker:
Cynthia Hetherington 
{Founder of Hetherington Group}



Dear Aldonys Members, Family and Friends;

“Follow your passions, believe in karma, and

you will not have to chase your dreams;

they will come to you.”


May The Year 2016 -

Bring You Happiness, Success filled with Peace, Hope & Togetherness to all our Aldonys Members, Family & Friends . . .


On behalf of our Board Members:




Gil Alba

President of ALDONYS

914 646 1302



ALDONYS SEMINAR 11/6/2015 @ John Jay College

Join top industry experts as they present hot topics and ”How

To Do’s” that will help you grow and improve your business:

• Recent trends in the security industry and how to market your

business to secure contracts

• Fraud prevention in the construction industry

• Digital protection for Investigative personnel

• Legal Photography for Plaintiff investigations

• Accident Reconstruction and Investigators

• Fraud Prevention and Marketing for Security Professionals

• Customs and Border Protection

• Legislative Issues for the investigative/Security industry

LOCATION: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

524 W 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

8am - 4pm

Cost: $75.00 Before 10/15/2015, $100.00 after 10/15/2015

Special promotion: Join ALDONYS prior to 10/31/2015 to receive a $50.00 seminar discount

* Limited seating available




* Seminar is open to members and non-members of ALDONYS

Click here to register and pay online 

$75.00 Before 10/15/2015$100.00 after 10/15/2015

(PayPal fees apply)



Take a look at: An ALDONYS member has a novel coming out in 2016.  The book is a work of fiction based on a number of real life events from the life of the author, John Cutter and his writing partner’s life, Bob Nivakoff, former chief of Stamford PD. It is available on Amazon for pre-order, with a release date of March 1, 2016.


A well attended and very successful ALDONYS meeting took place at Jack’s Oyster House in Albany, NY on September 17, 2015

The dynamic speakers were:
Mary Lyall and Michael P. McDermott.  
*Mary Lyall’s 19 year-old daughter Suzanne disappeared in Albany in 1998 and has never been found. Mary describes her journey to inspire others.

*Michael P. McDermott, Esq. was the former Albany Chief Assistant DA and is now a criminal defense attorney with O’Connell & Aronowitz.  
Mike discussed in detail his high profile murder assault case he prosecuted . . . The famous brutal case of the: ax-murder 

President Gil Alba and Regional Director Kevin Connolly presented 
Mary Lyall with an ALDONYS plaque.
Mary Lyall, President Gil Alba and Regional Board member Kevin Connolly.


Gil Alba has been involved with missing person cases and has been attending missing persons day in Albany for "The Center of Hope," for several years - speaking with many families of missing persons.  

Ironically, Kevin Connolly at the time of the disappearance, was a member of the Albany Police Department, actually was a diver and had searched for Suzanne’s body in the frigid waters.

 Michael P. McDermott was also presented with an ALDONYS plaque.
   Mike McDermott, President Gil Alba, former President Theresa Balfe who 
   introduced Mr. McDermott and Attorney for O’Connell & Aronowitz

ALDONYS Board Meeting was well attended. Several topics were discussed:
From improving membership, financial matters to training seminars in 
upstate NY and in New York City.

Gil Alba, Lou Zaneri and Dan Sepulveda, all former NYPD members discuss the captivating case of the killer Christopher Porco and the
very sad tale of Mary Lyall
not only losing her husband recently but also of her missing daughter, Suzanne.

The ALDONYS meeting in Albany was extremely successful with attendees
from various parts of New York State.

The Presenters:  Mary Lyall and Mike McDermott
Mary and Doug Lyall are the parents of Suzanne, who was last seen Monday, March 2, 1998 at 9:45 p.m. exiting a CDTA bus at Collins Circle on the University at Albany Uptown Campus. Suzanne was a sophomore at the University of Albany.  She was never found.

Mary Lyall, began speaking publicly in 2003.  The Lyalls successfully battled for legislation and started a Center for Hope for families facing similar grief.  President George Bush signed "Suzanne’s Law," requiring police to notify the National Crime Information Center when someone between 18 and 21 is reported missing. Police previously had been only required to report missing persons under the age of 18. 

Michael P. McDermott shared with us his incredible detailed prosecution of the famous 
brutal ax murder of a well respected court official and the horrendous assault of his wife  Peter and Joan Porco, in their suburban home in an Bethlehem, NY in 2004.   Initially Joan was so injured she couldn’t speak, but indicated to investigators through nods that the assailant was her son Christopher.  Subsequently her memory failed and she has no recollection of the incident or interaction with the investigators.   With no witness or  crime scene evidence to tie Christopher to the incident, investigators used toll records, area video and other items to make the case. Christopher Porco was found guilty of second degree murder and attempted murder. He was sentenced to 50 years to life. 

The intriguing story and how Michael P. McDermott obtained his conviction was fascinating with a great deal of questions asked by the professional investigators in attendance.
Thank you for those that attended and looking forward to seeing more members at our next event.
Future Events
ALDONYS is having a banner year with many exciting events.
Our membership has increased and we are looking to continue the 
growth in our association.
Please join us for the seminar as well as the Holiday Party
November 6th, 2015 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th St, 
New York, NY 10019
Speakers and Cost: Available
ALDONYS - Joint Holiday Party with 
The Society of Professional Investigators (SPI)
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Legends Restaurant
6 W 33rd St, 
New York, NY 10001
The cost $55 per person

President’s Message
This is your organization . . . get involved

Join ALDONYS Today
Congratulations ALDONYS
ALDONYS is the only state organization that represents all licensed Private Investigators and Watch Guards in New York State and has legal counsel in Albany. 
ALDONYS sponsored Private Investigators Bill, is now law, increasing the penalty for unlicensed operation as a private investigator to a  
A misdemeanor and specifically directs enforcement to the Attorney General and all local District Attorneys.
The Governor signed the bill into law
[Chapter 115 of the laws of 2015], on
August 13th, 2015
The passing of the P.I. bill demonstrates the power that the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State has in Albany to be able to initiate a bill, follow it through and get it signed into law by the Governor.
ALDONYS has now sponsored and passed major legislative measures on both the P.I. and Security Guard side of our industry when the Security Guard Act was made into law.
The Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS) brings together security professionals who hold NYS Private Investigator licenses and NYS Watch Guard Licenses, working in the investigations and Security Services fields.

Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State
PO Box 13684
Albany, NY 12212

Toll Free: 800-417-0710 
Gil Alba
President of Aldonys 
Alba Investigations Inc.
914 646 1302

ALDONYS Meeting in Albany, NY

DATE: September 17, 2015
LOCATION: Jack's Oyster House 42 State St, Albany, NY 12207
TIME: 6-9PM 
PHONE:(518) 465-8854 

PRICE: $ 55.00 per person 


The Albany, NY Committee Organizers & Host will be: Past President Theresa Balfe, Regional Director Tony Strollo and

Regional Director Kevin Connolly

Message from the President: ALDONYS welcomes all friends, family and persons interested in attending.

We have two great speakers . . .

Doug & Mary Lyall did so much for missing persons, after their 19 year-old daughter went missing and they have

established a missing persons day in New York State.

Mary Lyall is one of our speakers.

Speaker: Michael P. McDermott will share with us his incredible experience when he prosecuted the famous


Click here to register and pay online




June 11th Long Island Meeting

DATE: June 11th, 2015
TIME: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
LOCATION: Frank's Steaks
ADDRESS: 54 Lincoln Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
PHONE:(516) 536-1500
PRICE: $ 55.00 per person

Pat Ryder is a Dynamic speaker!

Detective Sergeant Patrick J. Ryder
Commander Officer, Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit

Detective Sergeant Patrick Ryder is in his 32nd year with the Nassau County Police Department and is the Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit. He created the NCPD Real Time Intelligence (RTI) system with interactive touch screen monitors designed to share finished intelligence products throughout an intelligence community.

D/Sgt. Ryder has a Masters Degree in Homeland Security and Management and is an Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College and Dowling College in Criminal Justice. He sits on the Advisory Boards for Criminal Justice, at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York and SUNY Farmingdale College in Farmingdale, New York. He is a N.Y.S. D.C.J.S. Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, a New York State Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. He has been deputized as a United States Marshal, IRS-Criminal Investigator, Drug Enforcement Agent and has a top secret clearance with the New York FBI Field office. D/Sgt. Ryder is a Counter Terrorism Lecturer at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, for the following countries, Egypt, Tajikistan, Tunisia South Africa, and Turkey.

Click Here to Register and Pay Online:

Visit: The World Trade Center Memorial & Museum, April 7th 5:00 pm

Dear ALDONYS Members:

New Agenda . . . Visit to  the World Trade Center Memorial & Museum.

ALDONYS had an exceptional turnout for the swearing in of the President on February 5th, 2015 at the Old Castle Pub & Restaurant on 54th St.

On March 20, 2015, the Person of the Year Awards Dinner at the Water’s Edge Restaurant in Queens was sold out and the event was outstanding.

Agenda: Tuesday, April 7th 2015       5:00 pm  
VISIT: The World Trade Center Memorial and Museum: -  Museum Video

Tuesday, April 7, 2015   5:00 pm
Joint Venture with ALDONYS/SPI 

Gil Alba’s friend Paul Vorbeck, former NYPD  and the Head of the World Trade Center Memorial & Museum has advised that he will personally, "Meet & Greet" ALDONYS & SPI members at the 911 Memorial & Museum.

A tour will be provided and we will be on our own at the museum.

There is no limit as to guest, however the memorial requests the number of people attending. Therefore, please make your plans and let me know who is attending.

There is also no cost to attend the event.

The group can meet prior to the tour
Meeting: April 7th, 2015   4:00 pm
O'Hara's Restaurant and Pub  -
120 Cedar St. (Corner of Cedar and Greenwich Streets)
New York, NY
It's the closest place to the Museum.

Here's a link to a page with a good map and info regarding parking-

Thank you, any questions please feel free to call or email me

Gil Alba
President of ALDONYS
Alba Investigations Inc.
914 646 1302

Journal from the 2014 Person of the Year Dinner - March 20, 2015
The journal from the March 20, 2015 Person of the Year Dinner is now available online.  

Click here to view the journal.
WHEN:  Friday, March 20, 2015
TIME: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
LOCATION: Water’s Edge Restaurant, Long Island City, NY 

Gil Alba Named President and 2015 Schedule of Events

Gil Alba was sworn in as the President of Aldonys at a packed house filled with Past Presidents, Board members, Aldonys members and friends from various parts of the country. The remarkable night swearing in ceremony took place on Feb. 5 at the Old Castle Pub & Restaurant on West 54th Street in New York City. Click here to view Gil's bio.


Detailed below are the scheduled ALDONYS events for 2015. Please mark your calendars and save the date!

Friday, March 20, 2015
ALDONYS - Person of the Year Awards Dinner
POY Lee Zeldin
Water’s Edge Restaurant, Long Island City, NY

Thursday, May 14, 2015
ALDONYS Meeting Westchester County

Thursday, June 11, 2015
ALDONYS Meeting Long Island

Thursday, September 17, 2015
ALDONYS Meeting Albany

December 10, 2015
ALDONYS Holiday Meeting