We are the South Eastern New York Area Committee and Assembly of Alcoholics Anonymous, known more simply as SENY or Area 49.
SENY is one of 93 "Delegate Areas" in the General Service Conference of the United States and Canada which serve as the framework through which the "General Services" of AA are carried out. General Services are those functions which as a practical matter local AA members and groups cannot enact.
Below is a brief welcoming orientation to SENY, as well as suggested resources for learning more about the AA service structure, General Services and the General Service Conference. If you are a new General Service Representative (GSR) or District Committee Member (DCM), you may want to jump right to our online GSR/DCM Toolkit or one of the other items in Service Resources.
Introduction to SENY
Area 49 seeks to involve all AA groups in the City of New York (the counties of Queens, Brooklyn, Richmond, New York and the Bronx), Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau counties) and the lower upstate New York counties of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan in AA General Services. The Area also includes a non-geographical Hispanic Districts. In all, about 1,800 AA groups and well over 57,000 members are included in SENY.
The Area closely communicates with the General Service Conference as well as the groups, districts and counties within the area. General Services depend on smooth and close communication and connection at all levels.
Getting Started in SENY
New General Service Representatives (GSRs), District Committee Members (DCMs) and District Committee Member Chairs (DCMCs) can register with SENY online or download a registration form to mail in to SENY Registrar at the mail address below under "Contact SENY." After you register with SENY, we will register you with the General Service Office (GSO) in New York. Registration links you into the communication chain and assures that your group is informed and its voice may be heard.
GSRs should also register their group with its county and district General Services committees. The following link provides you with county listings. The county committee can connect you with your district committee if you do not know your district or it is not also listed.
Several autonomous intergroups or central offices also serve AA in SENY. You may connect with these by using the following link to Intergroup/Central Offices.
If you have not already done so, take a look at our online GSR/DCM Toolkit included in Service Resources. Members interersted in getting involved in jobs other than GSR and DCM will find sign up forms too.
More on SENY
SENY's Service Handbook and Articles of Association and By-Laws provides a good deal of information on the what, why and how of AA service in SENY.
SENY welcomes contributions supporting its activities in the spirit and practice of the Seventh Tradition. The group contribution form (available for download below) may be sent along with any contribution to SENY at the mailing address under "Contact SENY" below. Individual contributions are also welcome.
The rest of SENY's website offers links to some of our Area efforts and activities. Highlights include our Calendar of Events, our newsletter (The Link), the work of our various officers and service committees, and links to general information about the AA program and finding help through AA.
SENY's Bulletin Board, also part of our site, provides a forum for interested AAs to share their experience, strength and hope on topics covering AA's Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service.
You may direct any questions or comments to us at:
Tel.: 718-665-1253 (Voicemail)
Mail: PO Box 571, New York, NY 10116-0571
See also the Contact SENY page for a list of e-mail addresses for our officers, standing and ad hoc/special committee chairs and other trusted servants. Individual contact phone numbers may be found in the printed edition of our newsletter, The Link.
AA Beyond SENY
On the AA World Services (AAWS) website, www.aa.org, you'll find many useful AA publications, resources and information including The AA Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service. That manual covers everything else you may need to know in order to get involved with AA service beyond the home group.