Long Island Federation of Labor DinnerThursday, May 12, 2005
Chris Redmond, Craig Rosasco and I had a great time at the Long Island Federation of Labor Dinner this past Monday. Honored for his long time commitment the labor movement was our friend, New York State Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli (Dem – Great Neck). Tom is one of the major players in Albany protecting workers compensation claimants. The son of a CWA union official and a former school board member like me, Tom gave a moving speech about laborÄôs crucial role in protecting the middle class. No wonder some are touting him as a possible Lt. Governor candidate in 2006.
We also broke bread with many union leader friends, including fellow Daler Nick Lamorte, President of the Long Island CSEA. Nick was a major supporter during my first successful Farmingdale School Board election. As Nick and I joked about old times, in walked Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor and friend John Venditto (Rep- North Massapequa), another Daler and friend of the working man – just ask Auggie Buckhardt of Local 881. Thankfully, Long Island Labor remains a strong and vital part of our local economy.