Congressman Zeldin Calls for Replacement of Retiring Northport VA Director with New Director from Outside Northport VA System
Washington, DC – On March 6, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) sent a letter to Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), calling for a speedy replacement of Northport VAMC’s Director, Mr. Phil Moschitta, who will retire effective April 1, 2017. Congressman Zeldin requested that the VA recruit a new facility director from outside the Northport VAMC system.
Congressman Zeldin said, “Over the years, I have always heard high praise from veterans across Long Island who have had nothing but a very positive experience at the Northport VA; however, there have been specific and very serious allegations that have been made to my office, which cannot be ignored. Northport VAMC’s Director Phil Moschitta will retire at the end of this month. In light of any pending investigatory matters, I respectfully submit that the most prudent course of action to replace Mr. Moschitta would be to recruit a new facility director from outside the Northport VAMC system. Northport VAMC serves the largest concentration of veterans in New York State and is critical to meeting the current healthcare needs of many in our veteran community. New, strong leadership is needed to right this ship and restore the trust that has been damaged by past events. In addition to the troubling, but not insurmountable personnel allegations that exist at Northport VAMC, they are further in need of critical infrastructure and maintenance projects, which have not been addressed by the Department. We must create a leadership system, both at Northport and throughout the entire VA system, which allows VA employees to serve veterans to the best of their abilities while holding accountable those who are not acting in the best interest of our nation’s veterans. We cannot continue to perpetuate the same mistakes that have plagued the VA for years on end. Ensuring our veterans have only the highest quality of care is one of my highest priorities in Congress.”
You can view a copy of the letter here: 3_6_17_Rep. Zeldin letter to VA Secretary Shulkin.pdf