Graduated from Longwood High School in 2007
Attended Suffolk County Community College at night while working full time.
During my time at SCCC I was asked to join two honor societies, Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma.
I transferred my credits to Mountwest College, after finding out they have an affiliation with my union.
I received an Associate in Applied Science – Occupational Development degree from Mountwest College.
I was then accepted into Empire State College and was about 3/4 of the way towards my Bachelor’s Degree. Due to the time contraints of starting a new job, I have not yet finished earning my Bachelor’s Degree but fully intend to.
I have always maintained an interest in learning and have continued to take unaccredited classes online through websites such as EdX.org. I have been certified in computer programming languages such as HTML and Python through EdX.
I joined the New York Glaziers Local 1087 in 2008 and then completed a four year apprenticeship. I worked in the field as a glazier for 9 years. I have worked on countless jobs sites over the years but the most rewarding one has got to be the World Trade Center. During my time in the field I served as a trustee for Local 1087, was a member of the AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council, was a Council Delegate for District Council 9, and was a member of the DC9 Political Action Committee. In 2017 I was asked to come on staff working directly for District Council 9 as an Organizer. As an Organizer I have learned the skills needed to combat against corporate greed and the ability to help people earn a livable wage. I have also helped workers with immigration issues in the past year. Also, I have had a few articles published in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades journal, which is sent out to well over 100,000 members in North America.
I grew up in Suffolk County. I bought my house in Hicksville at the age of 25. In March 2017 I became engaged to my girlfriend of 6 years, Tricia Cella. Tricia is a STEM counselor at Farmingdale State College where she works with middle school, high school, and college students from underserved communities to help them advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
I have had a lifelong interest in public service and once I learned of the Town of Oyster Bay Democratic Club I jumped at the opportunity to get involved and have not looked back since. I have been very fortunate in my life and want the chance to help others to be able to live comfortably.