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Two Members Tragically Killed in Auto Accident

Local 2090 members Daniel Gambardella and Ilario Scuteri were involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver on April 30, 2011. They were on their way to Empire, the company they worked for together. Unfortunately, neither member survived the crash. At the next union meeting on May 19th there will be a collection for members who wish to donate to the families of the victims. We encourage all members to show their support and would like to thank them in advance of their help.

Daniel Gambardella (age 46)Ilario Scuteri (age 49)


The Congenital Heart Walk - Long Island

Local 2090 Member James LaSante emailed the Local asking any interested members to come participate or donate to The Congenital Heart Walk in Bethpage State Park. Here is his letter:

My son, Gavin was 1 month old when he was diagnosed with a coarctation of the aorta (which is a narrowing of the main artery from the heart) and a bicuspid aortic valve (which is a fusion of two of the three leafs that make the door of the heart valve that can damage the valve over time.) The coarctation caused high blood pressure, pale skin and poor circulation in his body but mostly in his legs. When he was 3 months old he underwent surgery to repair the coarctation at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health for medical and surgical care at New York Presbyterian hospital. He is now 9 nine months and doing great. His bicuspid valve will have to be monitored all through his life.

Coartations and bicuspid valves are a kind of congenital heart defect.  Most people are unaware that Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect in America, affecting approximately 1 in every 100, or 40,000 newborns each year. CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect-related deaths and sadly 20 percent of children who make it through birth will not survive past their first birthday. Although a child is born every 15 minutes with a CHD, research continues to be grossly under-funded in America. Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research. Many adults can be walking around with some sort of CHD without even knowing it.

My family choose to help support The Children’s Heart Foundation to help others become aware CHDs and help other families going through this same or similar situation. As the country’s leading organization solely committed to CHD research funding, The Children’s Heart Foundation dedicates itself to bringing health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by a CHD.

The Congenital Heart Walk – Long Island will take place on Saturday, May 14th at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, NY. Registration will begin at 9:00 am, with the walk kicking off at 10:00am. The event will include entertainment, giveaways, refreshments and the opportunity to meet others in your community affected by CHD. It truly will be an inspirational day of caring, sharing and fun!

This exciting joint effort by the Adult Congenital Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation will take place in 20 communities across the U.S., including right here in the Long Island region. During this national initiative, thousands of teams, walkers and runners will join together to support the millions of children, adults and families who have been touched by congenital heart disease.

My family and I would like to thank the NYDCC and the staff at the Carpenter’s benefits office for their help and support during that trying time. We also extend our thanks to all those who have donated and plan to donate for this great cause.

URL to Donation page for Gavin’s Hearties:]

URL to congenital heart walk-Long Island home page:

URL to home page for Children’s heart foundation


42nd Annual Graduating Apprentice Contest Photos


42nd Annual Graduating Apprentice Contest Results

Here are the winners of the Apprentice Contest:

  1. Lukasz Pac
  2. Victor Lee
  3. Philip Rezoagli
  4. Kevin Buttigieg

Atlantic City Bus Trip

Sponsored by the Retiree Committee
Co- Chairs: Vincent Carney & Charles Kryda

Saturday, May 21st, 2011 - Bus departs at
9 a.m. (SHARP) from the Local and returns back to the Local at 9 p.m.

Come early (8 a.m.) for coffee and donuts!

Tickets :$20.00 per person
Includes:$22 Slot Play & $10 Food Voucher.

Bus dropping off and picking up at:
Hotel & Casino: Resorts

For reservations & more details, please call the
Local at: (718) 850-7972

Introducing the New Executive Board for Local 2090

Local 2090 would like to welcome all of our new Executive Board Officers.

Neven Korculanic

William Lawston, Jr.
Vice President

Giancarlo Rachiele
Financial Secretary

Rob Villalta
Recording Secretary

Andrew Mucaria

John Einstman

Rene Gerlach

Michael Keegan

Walter E. Clayton, Jr.

Hector Urizar

We would also like to thank our previous officers (James Ellis, Michael Deegan, Joseph Ventura, Salvatore Palermo, and Hermann Foullois) for their service to Local 2090, as we wish them luck on their future endeavors.


Congratulations to the New Retirees

Local 2090 would like to congratulate the following members who have recently retired:

David Abner
James A. Basso
Patrick Donaghy
Brian Jacobwitz
Michael Jagosits
Stefan Keschl
Jose D. Marroquin
William P. 0'Donnell
Samuel F. Rivera
Abram Rofyzen
Michele Siragusa


In Memoriam

Local 2090 would like to express it's condolences to the families of the following members who have recently passed away:

Anton Antoncic
Giuseppe Arezzi
Michele Bonafede
Joseph Galletta
Isidoros Krousouloudis
Paul O. Laren
Juan Lopez
Edward A. Mackey
Joseph Marino
Raffaele Napolitano
Frank Ross

Although they are gone, their contributions to the union will never be forgotten.


42nd Annual Graduating Apprentice Contest

Our annual apprentice contest is upon us.  This year, apprentices will compete in five areas of our jurisdiction: Carpentry, Interior Systems, Floor Covering, Millwright, and Cabinetmaking, with exhibits in Dockbuilding, Timbermen, Health and Safety training and Welding as well.  Also included in the day's events will be exhibits from the leading manufacturers of building products, power tools, floor covering materials, health care services and community organizations.

Come by and watch our apprentices demonstrate the quality craftsmanship they provide our signatory contractors while they compete for prizes and represent their local Unions.  Stop by and enjoy the exhibits, receive information on the latest building products available today and also receive information on our apprenticeship application procedures and our six apprenticeship programs.  There will be handouts and you can win special giveaways and prizes.  Come for an hour or spend the day.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
8:00AM to 4:00PM
Labor Technical College
395 Hudson Street (Use the Clarkson Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10014


Important Information Regarding The First Interim Report of the Review Officer

In the The First Interim Report of the Review Officer, Dennis Walsh incorrectly states that Local 2090 is in a financial deficit. However the Local is actually in a budget surplus. A copy of a letter from Dennis Walsh correcting the report can be downloaded here.