|by Liz Kaplan
|Elizabeth Kaplan; Education Director Three Village Historical Society - 2006
Peter Paul Ostapow, a Certified Financial Planner ™ , has been a member of our community since he
moved to East Setauket with his wife Irene, three daughters, Jennifer, Susan and Caryn and his
beloved, West Highland White Terrier, Tamie in 1987 from Wantagh. Having been involved in his
community, especially in the Levittown Kiwanis Club (where he served as President), he quickly
formed the Three Village Kiwanis Club in 1988 and is currently serving as its President.
When Amanda their fourth daughter arrived Peter really became involved in the community.
He served on the Board of the Three Village Little League, Three Village Chamber of Commerce,
Three Village Historical Society and the now defunct Island Estates Community Association.
Peter was instrumental in developing the East Setauket Pond Park and the installation of the footbridge.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Key Club at Ward Melville High School which now stands at
over 135 members. He seems to always be the go to guy when it comes to arranging community
events especially fund raising activities. Through his initiative, events such as the Annual Kiwanis Duck
Race and the Walk Through History came into being. He also helped create and foster the Annual
Holiday Parade in East Setauket in conjunction with the East Setauket Fire Department,
Three Village Chamber, Three Village School District and the Three Village Kiwanis Club.
In 1995, Newsday recognized his hard work and dedication to his community by selecting him as
Volunteer of the Year. The following year the Village Times Newspaper nominated him as Man of the
Year in Business for his efforts to the good of our community. Even the late Sue Bridson, recognized
his community involvement in her featured article entitled “What makes him tick?”
Three Village Herald February 26, 1997 When not involved in his community and with his family he
is constantly in quest of increasing his knowledge base to better serve his clientele. As a graduate of
St. John's University School of Business he learned that education is lifetime activity.
Entering the financial services industry 27 year ago he quickly attained his Life Underwriter Training
Council Fellowship and became an LUTC moderator. When the Certified Financial Planning designation
came into being he quickly entered Adelphi University's CFP program and received his certification
in 1985. In 1998, he received his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from the American
College and in 2003 earned his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation, also from the
American College. Mr. Ostapow is licensed to sell insurance and investments and has successfully
completed the NASD General Securities Representative - (Series 7), Direct Participation Programs
Limited Representative - (Series 22) and Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Limited
Representative -(Series 6). He is a member in good standing with the CFP Board of Standards and
Practices, Inc., The Financial Planning Association (FPA), The Society of Financial Services
Professionals (FSP), The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and
The National Financial Aid Practitioners Alliance.
He can be reached by calling (631) 751-1777 or by email at Postapow@americanportfolios.com
or simply visit his web site at www.PeterPaulOstapow.com.
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