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50 Broadway, 35th Floor
New York, NY 10004



2.5 million members




icon_structureAs the result of a major reorganization, New York State from the lower Hudson Valley west to Buffalo is represented by five “area labor federations” (ALFs) that were consolidated out of 25 central labor councils. Six central labor councils remain covering New York City, Long Island, Westchester-Putnam, Northeast, Jefferson/Lewis and Central New York.



Key Officers

nysaflcio_mariocilentoMario Cilento,
New York State AFL-CIO, CWA

Mario Cilento was elected president of the New York State AFL‐CIO on December 16, 2011 to fill the unexpired term of office of his predecessor, Denis Hughes. On August 20, 2012, Mario was unanimously re‐elected by the delegates of the New York State AFL‐CIO’s Constitutional Convention to his first full four-year term as President of the State Federation. A member of the Newspaper Guild‐CWA since 1990, he began working at the New York State AFL‐CIO in 1992.

Prior to being elected president, he served as Public Relations Director from 1992‐1999. From 1999 through his election as president, he served as Chief of Staff, coordinating the day to day and long‐term political, legislative, communications and grassroots strategies of the organization, as well as the overall policy and development of the organization’s staff departments.

In 1999, Mario led a coordinated statewide media and grassroots campaign highlighting the plight of New York’s farm workers. The unprecedented media attention focusing on the working and living conditions of farm workers, coupled with the New York State AFL‐CIO’s legislative and grassroots efforts led to securing historic legislation providing farm workers a minimum wage equal to that of all other workers in the state.

In 2000, Mario was instrumental in creating and developing the New York State AFL‐CIO’s Arts and Entertainment Industry Committee. The purpose of the committee is to bring together unions from New York’s entertainment industry to discuss and act upon issues of shared concern and interest.

In 2005, Mario created and developed “Working New York,” a New York State AFL‐CIO sponsored half‐hour talk show designed to inform the general public of policies, issues and initiatives important to working men and women and their families. The show aired on Regional News Network (RNN) for five seasons, during which Mario served as Producer and Writer. “Working New York” won the labor movement’s International Labor Communicators Award (ILCA) for Best Cable Television Program in 2009.

In June 2011, Mario was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the New York State Insurance Fund. He also served on the Executive Boards of the Workforce Development Institute, Working Theater, and the New York State AFL‐CIO/Cornell ILR.


nysaflcio_terrencemelvinTerrence L. Melvin,
New York State


In July 2007, Mr. Melvin was elected to Secretary-Treasurer. In August 2008, he was re-elected to a four-year term.

In 1980, Mr. Melvin started his career as a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA also known as AFSCME) Local 427 at the Western New York Developmental Center. CSEA is a Statewide Union representing over 250,000 state, county, municipal and private sector workers throughout New York. After being hired on the nightshift, he quickly moved from shop steward and grievance representative to Vice President of the Local.

In December 1983, at age 21, Mr. Melvin became the youngest CSEA Local President when he was elected to the position of President of CSEA Local 427, a local union representing over 2,000 members. He was also the former Secretary of CSEA Western Region 6, which covers 14 counties, 78 locals, and 220 units. He also has an extensive background in numerous CSEA elected and appointed positions.

In January 1996, Mr. Melvin was appointed to be the Executive Assistant to CSEA Statewide President Danny Donohue. In this position, he oversaw and directed the day-to-day activities of the President’s office and was responsible for overall coordination of the Senior Staff of the Union.

In 2006 the incumbent NYS AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer retired leaving a vacancy in the position. Mr. Melvin was tapped, July of 2007, to take the helm and lead beside then President Denis Hughes.

Mr. Melvin is actively engaged in Labor allied and community organizations. In August 1996, he was elected Director of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Region One, representing unionists in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada. In May 2012, at the 41st International Convention of the CBTU, Mr. Melvin was elected unanimously as the organization’s new president.

As Secretary-Treasurer, he spearheaded the development of the NYS AFL-CIO Community Outreach Department of which he oversees the day-to-day operations in December 2008.


Major Affiliations/ Executive Council


Mr. Mario Cilento
New York State AFL-CIO
50 Broadway – 35th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Mr. Hector Figueroa
SEIU Local 32BJ
25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011-1991
Mr. Daniel J. McGraw
Business Manager
IUOE Local 158
44 Hannay Lane
Glenmont, NY 12077
Rev. Terrence Melvin
New York State AFL-CIO
100 S. Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210-1939
Mr. Gregory Floyd
Teamsters Local 237
216 W. 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Mr. Michael Mulgrew
United Federation of Teachers
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Mr. Stuart Appelbaum
30 East 29th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Mr. John R. Ford
President/Business Manager
Motion Picture Studio Mechanics, IATSE Local 52
326 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
Ms. Maria Neira
1st Vice President
800 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12210-2455
Mr. James Bertolone
APWU Local 215
c/o Rochester & Genesee Valley ALF
30 N. Union Streeet, Suite 204
Rochester, NY 14607
Mr. Samuel Fresina
Business Manager
Eastern NY Laborers’ District Council
688 Wemple Road
Glenmont, NY 12077
Mr. Andrew Pallotta
Executive Vice President
800 Troy-Schnectady Road
Latham, NY 12210-2455
Mrs. Rowena Blackman-Stroud
1621 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Mr. Raglan George, Jr.
Executive Director
420 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
Mr. Joseph Ramaglia
Business Manager, Sec/Treas
Painters District Council #9
45 W. 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Mr. Bruce W. Both
UFCW Local 1500
425 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
Mr. Michael Goodwin
265 W. 14th Street – 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Ms. Roberta Reardon
National Co-President
260 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Ms. Susan Kent
NYS Public Employees Federation, PEF
1168-70 Troy-Schenectady Road
P.O. Box 12414
Captain Al Hagan
Uniformed Fire Officers Association
225 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10007
Ms. Lillian Roberts
Executive Director
125 Barclay Street
New York, NY 10007
Mr. John Bulgaro
Teamsters Local 294
890 Third Street
Albany, NY
Mr. Richard Iannuzzi
800 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110-2455
Mr. Edgar Romney
NY Metro Area Joint Board Workers United
275 Seventh Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Mr. James W. Cahill
NYS Building & Construction Trades Council
Mr. Richard Knowles
Sub District Director
United Steelworkers
812 State Fair Boulevard, Suite 7
Syracuse, NY 13209, 1320
Mr. John Samuelsen
TWU Local 100
1700 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Mr. James T. Callahan
General President
1125 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Ms. Julie Kushner
UAW Region 9-A
111 South Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Mr. Chris Shelton
Vice President
CWA District One
80 Pine Street – 37th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Mr. Peter Clark
Recording Secretary/Business Agent
500 West Side Avenue
North Bergen, NJ 07047
Mr. Gary LaBarbera
New York City Building
& Construction Trades Council
71 West 23rd Street, Suite 501-03
New York, NY 10010
Mr. Anthony Solfaro
NYS Union of Police Associations, Inc.
263 Route 17K – Suite 1004
Newburgh, NY 12550
Mr. Paul Collins, Jr.
Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
21-42 44th Drive
Long Island City, NY 11101
Mr. Richard Lanigan
OPEIU Local 153
265 West 14th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Ms. Ann Marie Tallercio
UNITE HERE Local 150
615 West Genessee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
Ms. Ellen Redmond
International Representative
111 Brook Lane
Smithtown, NY 11787
Mr. Wilfredo Larancuent
Laundry, Distribution & Food Service Joint Board
Workers United
18 Washington Place, 2nd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Ms. Florence “FLO” Tripi
AFSCME, CSEA Local 1000
120 Pineview Drive
Amherst, NY 14228
Mr. James Conigliaro
IAM District 15 (Machinists)
652 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Mr. James Lyman
AFSCME District Council
8263 Colvin Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Mr. Ed Walsh
NYS Ironworkers District Council
505 White Plains Road, Suite 200
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Mr. Michael Cordiello
President/Business Agent
ATU Local 1181
101-49 Woodhaven Boulevard
Ozone Park, NY 11416
Mr. Dominick Macchia
International Representative
12 Elmwood Lane
Syosset, NY 11791
Mr. Peter Ward
709 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Mr. Anthony DePaulo
International Vice President
1430 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Ms. Rita Mason
AFGE Local 42
145 Brewster Street
Brown Mills, NJ 08015
Ms. Randi Weingarten
American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Mr. Danny Donohue
CSEA, AFSCME Local 1000
143 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Mr. Richard Roberts
Business Manager
Steamfitters Local 638, UA
32-32 48th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Mr. Kuba Brown
Business Manager/President
IUOE Local 94
331-337 West 44th Street

Sustainability Profile


The New York State AFL-CIO has maintained a low profile on global warming and sustainability issues. There is no mention of these topics on its public website, nor do there appear to be public statements on the environment by state AFL-CIO leaders. Because climate protection issues have been prominent in New York State politics, government, and public discussion, the neutrality of the NYS AFL-CIO suggests a decision to leave such issues to constituent unions. New York State unions have at times come into public conflict over climate and energy policy issues.

In Fall 2012, Hurricane Sandy created lasting damage to the health and employment of New York families. Yet, even within the NYS AFL-CIO’s extensive Hurricane Sandy information the federation fails to link the storm to climate issues.

Additionally, the Huffington post reported that “the New York State Assembly passed a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)…The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed off by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would close the state’s doors to the oil and gas industry’s desire to begin operating in New York’s portion of the Marcellus Shale basin until May 2015. New York has had a moratorium on the books since 2008.”

The most vocal green partner of the NYS AFL-CIO is the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), which describes itself as “aligned with the NYS AFL-CIO.” The WDI provides “economic research, community audits, policy analysis and cultural services to working families.” It also provides the most visible concern with issues of global warming and sustainability. The WDI is “in partnership” with the New York Apollo Alliance, while the NYS AFL-CIO itself is not.

WDI “encourages and supports green sector jobs through direct training, collection of workforce intelligence, strengthening the dialogue between government agencies and organized labor, and disseminating information about trends and opportunities throughout New York. WDI in cooperation with building trades unions and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed a train-the-trainer program to provide instruction in the basics of LEED and other sustainable building practices.”

The WDI also makes a point to provide green training for organized labor. Through its grant programs, WDI “supports green training for the trades.” Some examples are “orbital welding training, lighting efficiency programs, and more.” NYS AFL-CIO’s affiliates have benefited from such training. (See appendix 3 for a list of all of WDI’s initiatives, many of which involved organized labor).

Additional Comments or Analysis


While the NYS AFL-CIO has not been a public advocate for all things green, if empowered to do so, the labor council could be an important ally to environmentalists. It is very active on voter registration and takes part in the “get out the vote” campaign. The NYS AFL-CIO’s Committee On Political Education Department provides “year-round programs of political education for union members to conduct statewide non-partisan registration and Get-Out-The-Vote campaigns.” Through this program, NYS AFL-CIO has the potential to push for green legislation.


Appendix 1: New York State AFL-CIO Area Labor Federations and Central Labor Bodies

Appendix 3: WDI’s Green Corner

New York wants good jobs and a clean environment. WDI is helping. Green Jobs are mostly associated with clean energy. This sector includes traditional jobs involved with renewable and energy efficiency projects. The green sector extends beyond energy to clean water, manufacturing, reconstructing waste water systems, building sustainable communities and more. WDI encourages and supports green sector jobs through direct training, collection of workforce intelligence, strengthening the dialogue between government agencies and organized labor, and disseminating information about trends and opportunities throughout New York. Some illustrations of WDI’s green sector involvement are:

Green and Sustainability Training – WDI in cooperation with building trades unions and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed a train-the-trainer program to provide instruction in the basics of LEED and other sustainable building practices. Over 100 building trades trainers have gone through WDI’s program as of July 2012 and more than 900 apprentices and journey-level trade’s people have been trained.

Green Training for Organized Labor – Through our grant programs, WDI supports green training for the trades. Some examples, in addition to the Green and Sustainability Program described above, are orbital welding training, lighting efficiency programs, and more.

Building Analyst Training – WDI funded training for energy auditors in Western NY and the North Country. Energy auditors are needed to evaluate buildings for their energy efficiency so that improvements can be made to reduce energy usage

Green Sector Workforce Intelligence – WDI’s Workforce Intelligence initiative, funded by the NYS Department of Labor, provides DOL with ground level information about job growth which includes information about green sector jobs. This information is used by WDI to identify skills gaps, job opportunities and employment trends in each region of the state.

Connecting Government with Organized Labor – WDI staff maintains a regular dialogue with state agencies such as the NYS DOL and NYSERDA, and these conversations bring government and labor together on issues important to both.

Solar Energy Jobs Coalition – WDI organized a coalition of representatives from organized labor, the solar industry and environmentalists to find common ground on solar jobs initiatives and legislation. This Solar Jobs Coalition agreed on a statement of principles that included prevailing wages to expand deployment of solar energy and build New York’s capacity on a long term basis.

Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable – WDI is a participant in the Northeast PV Roundtable which is a focus group that periodically meets to discuss a framework for increased adoption of PV in the Northeast. Centered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, the Roundtable is comprised of scientists, government agencies, nonprofits, consultants, businesses that install solar PV, and investment firms. As a participant, WDI is focused on the workforce issues associated with wider adaption of PV.

Apollo Alliance – WDI is the founder, funder and convener of the New York State Apollo Alliance and supports regional Alliances. Through Apollo, WDI encourages dialogue around issues that support green jobs for working families and the reduction of carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. The Apollo Alliance is comprised of representatives from the environmental, environmental justice, labor, business and education communities.

Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council – The NYS Legislature passed the Green Jobs Green New York Act with the goal of retrofitting 1 million homes, small businesses and non-profits in 5 years. WDI staff participated on the workgroups formed to make recommendations for program implementation. WDI’s Executive Director was appointed to NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.

Solar Thermal Energy Consortium – This Consortium was formed to develop a market for a solar thermal (hot water) industry in New York. WDI is a member of the Steering Committee, largely made up of businesses, but includes education (Clarkson University) and unions. The work of the Consortium was presented in the spring of 2010 at the annual New York State Solar Energy Association (NYSEIA) Conference. Following the issuance of the report, the NYS Public Service Commission approved a first time cash incentive program for solar hot water systems that replace more costly to operate electric systems.

Smart Grid Training – WDI was an early participant in the NYS Smart Grid Task Force established to strategize for the implementation of a Smart Grid electrical network in New York. WDI received a US Department of Energy grant for $1.5 million to train line-workers to build the Smart Grid. This grant calls for training over 400 line-workers and is the foundation of WDI plans to assist unions in developing smart grid skills.

Support for Curriculum Development – WDI has funded “green” construction curriculum at Erie County Community College at the request of the College and the United Steel Workers. Similarly, WDI assisted Clinton County Community College to implement a Wind Turbine Maintenance Program specifically for the North Country wind farms. WDI provided funding for a grant writer who helped obtain a grant to equip the classrooms for this training program which commenced during the 2010 academic year.

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