Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ossining Patch Interviews Robert Daraio, Candidate for Village of Ossining Trustee

Christopher Michael McHugh interview with Robert Daraio, candidate for Village of Ossining Trustee

Photo Credit: Tien-Shun Lee

Ossining Trustee Candidate Emphasizes Union Skills

by Tien-Shun Lee
The Daily Ossining

OSSINING, N.Y. – Bob Daraio, a Democratic candidate for Ossining village trustee, said he can use his background in union negotiations to help with consolidation of municipal services. 

"My skill set is very uniquely suitable for consolidation," Daraio said during an interview this week. "I'm hoping to initiate next year the consolidation of town and village Department of Public Works."

Daraio worked for 12 years as a broadcast video engineer at Channel 11 WPIX. He was a shop steward at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1212, and he served on the executive boards of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 644 and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians of the Communications Workers of America, Local 16.

Daraio said he has been friends with Ossining Village Mayor William Hanauer, who also has a background in unions and theater, for 30 years.

"The reason we live in Ossining is because of Bill," Daraio said.

Daraio said his top priority goals if he is elected as trustee will be to reduce the cost of local government without cutting services and with minimal loss of jobs, and to increase revenue for the village by encouraging more businesses to open in Ossining.

"There's a lot of redundancy in local government. To save money, there's a need to consolidate," Daraio said. "The easiest thing to do to cut costs is to cut people, but that's a short term solution. When you cut staff, you increase turnover, and while it looks on the surface like it saves money, in the long run it really doesn't."

To encourage more people to open businesses in Ossining, Daraio said he would meet with members of the Ossining Chamber of Commerce to get ideas.

"We need to make Ossining a more desirable destination for shopping, dining and recreation," Daraio said.

Daraio and his running mate, Manuel Quezada, are running on the Democratic, Independence Party and Working Families Tickets for two Ossining village trustee seats.

Their opponents are Robert Fritsche and Robert Terilli, who are running on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets.

WPCLB, AFL-CIO Endorses Daraio and Quezada


The Westchester - Putnam Central Labor Body, AFL-CIO endorses Robert Daraio and Manuel Quezada for Village of Ossining Trustees! 

Daraio and Quezada are running on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Family Party lines.

Robert Daraio has also been endorsed by IATSE Local One, IATSE Local 600, IATSE District 10, IBEW Local 1212, and NABET-CWA Local 16

For more information visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


New Kayak Launch and Racks Will be Open to the Public
- Racks Available on a  First Come First Serve Basis -

September 17, 2011 at 11 a.m., the Town of Ossining will be hosting a press conference to announce the opening of their new Kayak Launch at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park. The kayak launch will have public storage racks available to all on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Robert Daraio, candidate for Village Trustee and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member, will be on hand to perform free Vessel Safety Checks on the kayaks.

Town of Ossining Department of Parks & Recreation: The Ossining Community Center, 95 Broadway, provides programs for senior citizens and preschoolers in the mornings and early afternoon, after school and summer programs for children, and adult evening programs such as social dance, yoga, and aerobics.

The Parks & Recreation Department also works closely with the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, committed to continuing our role on the waterfront as a living interface between the Ossining community and the Hudson River, one of our country's great natural resources.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to attend the Press Conference, please call Amanda Porteus at 484-753-2532 or email Amanda at amandaporteus@me.com.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Ossining Chili Cook-Off and Pool Party" Friday, August 19, 2011, 5pm-10pm

"Ossining Chili Cook-Off and Pool Party"

Mike Turco wins the prize

The event was a great success. The Wobble Cafe, Karma Lounge, The Boat House, Turcos Deli, Village of Ossining Mayor Bill Hanauer, Town Councilman Mike Tawil, and Village of Ossining Trustee Candidate Bob Daraio entered their Chili. All were wonderful, but Mike Turco's chili came out on top, winning a Hudson River boat trip on Launch 5.

Amanda Porteus
The Quesada Family

Village Trustee and Town Supervisor candidate, Sue Donnelly, made here famous chili dip and Village Trustee candidate, Manuel Quesada's, Mom made tamales and empinadas to go with the burgers and hot dogs generously provided by the Wobble Cafe. Amanda Porteus and Omar Herrera coordinated the event. Omar also generously donated the sound system and DJ. Gayle Palmieri, Fiona Wilson, Greg Porteus, and Katie Gorycki were among the volunteers that helped made this event a resounding success.

Special thanks go to Jim Picciano, who arranged the use of the Torview Swim Club, a great venue with a wonderful staff.

Susanne Donnelly and Catherine Borgia

There were 54 attendees that braved the rain to come out in support of Bob and Manuel's campaign, some from Staten Island, NYC, and New Jersey.

NYS Assembly Member, Sandy Gaylef; Ossining Democratic Party Chair, Thomasina Laidley; Town Supervisor and Westchester County Legislature candidate, Catherine Borgia; Mayor William Hanauer; Village Trustee and Town Supervisor candidate, Susanne Donnelly; Town Councilman Mike Tawil;  Town Justice , John Fried; Town and Village Clerk, Maryann Roberts; and Town Highway Department Director Michael G. O'Connor were there. 
Fiona Wilson

The Daraio Brothers

Katie Gorycki and Thomasina Laidley

Democratic Party Chair, Thomasina Laidley, introduced the elected officials and candidates, who shared brief, upbeat thoughts about the campaign and the ongoing efforts to keep Ossining affordable; make it a destination for business, shopping, and recreation; and continue to be a great place to raise a family.

Friends and family members enjoyed the food and the company, while contributing to a good cause.

Megan and Ariel getting more chili

Checking In

Friday, August 19, 2011
Torview Swim Club
25 Stormytown Road, Ossining, N.Y.

$25 per person.

The event is to benefit the campaign to elect
Robert Daraio and Manny Quezada
Village of  Ossining Trustees.

RSVP to Amanda Porteus at 484-753-2532 or Send a donation to
"Friends of Robert Daraio"
45 Hunter Street
Ossining, N.Y. 10562

1) Take Rt. 9 from north or south to Cedar Lane.
(There is a Getty Gas Station and a Mavis Tire at the intersection.
From North, make a Left on Cedar Lane, from South a Right.)
2) Take Cedar Lane to a Right on to Stormytown Road 
3)Torview Swim Club 25 Stormytown Road, Ossining
(on the right just past Reeback Drive.)
By Train take the Metro North Hudson Line train 
from Grand Central Station  to Ossining.
Then call 914-774-2646  and we'll pick you up.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vote for Robert Daraio for Village of Ossining Trustee

Robert Daraio will work to control taxes and spending without reducing services.

Bob is an Ossining Democratic Party District Leader, who has lived in the Village since 2001. He is a staunch advocate for fiscal and social responsibility.

Robert Daraio is excited about joining Mayor Bill Hanauer, Trustees Marlene Cheatham and Janis Castaldi, along with running mate Manuel R. Quezada in meeting the challenges facing the Village of Ossining today.

This can be done through more consolidation and shared service agreements, along with careful review of all expenditures to maximize economy while minimizing job losses.

We are committed to:

• working to hold tax increases to a minimum through careful budgeting, cost control, collaborating with the Town of Ossining and Village of Briarcliff to expand shared services, eliminating redundant services, and developing new areas of cost effective cooperation.

• enhancing our Recreation Department's activities with additional youth and senior citizen programs.

•  implementing our Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Amendments with a focus on exciting and sensible development in the Downtown Historic District to  attract investment and growth in Ossining.

• careful development of our riverfront, guaranteeing real access for everyone to a mix of housing, RiverWalk, parks, restaurants, docks, and marinas while preserving our spectacular river views and maximizing public spaces.

• increasing citizen involvement in committees working to enhance the assets of the Ossining community to make our village a prime destination for shopping, dining, and recreation utilizing one of our most precious resources, the Hudson River.

Bob believes in a bright future for Ossining and will work with the Mayor and his fellow Trustees in concert with the Town Supervisor and Town Council to make Ossining, currently rated the number 2 of 42 Westchester County Municipalities, number one.

Democratic Party Candidates for Village of Ossining Trustees Manuel Quezada and Robert Daraio

Robert Daraio and Manuel Quezada are the Village of Ossining Trustee Candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party, Independence Party, and Working Families Party.

On November 8, 2011, Vote Daraio and Quezada.

You can help too. Get involved with the Ossining Democratic Committee.
Call chairperson Thomasina Laidley at (914) 941-1543 and join the winning team.

The 2011 endorsed Ossining Democratic candidates are: Catherine Borgia, District 9 Westchester County Legislator; Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor; Geoffrey Harter and Michael Tawil for Town Council; MaryAnn Roberts, Town Clerk; Michael G. O’Connor, Highway Superintendent; John W. Fried, Town Justice and Robert Daraio and Manuel R. Quezada for Village Trustees

About Bob Daraio

Robert Daraio is a Democratic Party District Leader for the Village of Ossining, New York,where he has lived since 2001 with his wife Gayle Palmieri, an IATSE Local 764 member currently on the wardrobe crew of the Broadway musical “Sister Act”.

Bob Daraio is currently the Recording Secretary for the New York Broadcast Trades Council (NYBTC),an organization made up of unions with collective bargaining agreements with N.Y. broadcast TV stations, and is the moderator of the Broadcast Union News website at

Bob is a Delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council (NYCCLC-AFL/CIO) representing the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Local 16 as of March 2011. This is Bob's return to the NYCCLC, have represented NABET Local 15 and then IATSE Local 644 at this body earlier in his career.

Bob has served on the Executive Boards of the NABET Local 15, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 644, and was a shop steward and negotiation committee member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1212 at WPIX. He is a member of AFTRA, AEA, IATSE Locals One, 52, 600, and 794.

Bob is one of a select few who have held elective office in all three of New York’s film, television, and theatrical technical employee unions.

As an IATSE Local One stagehand on Broadway, Bob served as swing deck sound, props, and deck electric on “She Loves Me” and in the prop department on “Company”.

Bob joined WPIX as a video engineer on June 1,1999 and remained with the company through May 2010. This was Bob’s first staff position following a 22-year career as a freelance camera, robotics, video, audio, and videotape technician. His news, sports, and entertainment clients include ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX5, TBS, WWOR, WPIX, WNET, MSG, CNN, HBO, Showtime, MTV, VH1, CTW, NEP, Unitel, MTI, ESPN, and the National Geographic Society.

In 2002 the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Bob for his video and robotic camera work on the Emmy Award winning “The WB11 News at 10 ”.

Bob has been a video assist technician for hundreds of commercials and coordinated video effects for feature films including the Rozie Perez and Patti Lupone independent film, “24 Hour Woman” and “For Love Of The Game” with Kevin Costner for Universal Pictures. 

Bob Daraio (far right) with fellow MA in Labor Studies
students and Liz Shuler from the AFL-CIO
A 1977 graduate of the first four-year class, with a BFA in Theatre Technology from SUNY Purchase, Bob graduated with an MA in Labor Studies from the CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies in June 2011.

Bob spent his summers during college traveling with "The Circus Kingdom", a youth circus program run by Rev. L. David Harris made up of college students from across the U.S.A. that toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. During his senior year at Purchase, Bob founded "The No Elephant Circus" (TNEC).

Bob Daraio and Skip Mumford accept
an award from the Ossining Rotary Club
on behalf of the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary
TNEC operated under the Actor's Equity Association Theatre For Young Audience contract (AEA) from 1977 to 1990, touring an average of 126 cities in 15 States annually. A non-profit, tax exempt organization, TNEC did hundreds of free performances and workshops to promote the performing arts, doing more charity shows annually than any other AEA children's theater company in New York State.

Bob is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master of Near Coastal 50 Ton Vessels with commercial towing and Sail endorsements, a Coast Guard certified port engineer, and a certified recreational boating safety course instructor, vessel examiner, and boat crew member for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Bob is also a Court Constable for the Village of Ossining.

Contact Bob Daraio at 914-774-2646 or e-mail bdaraio@yahoo.com.

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"If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties ... if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
~ John F. Kennedy

Robert Daraio and Manuel Quezada are the Village of Ossining Trustee Candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party, Independence Party, and Working Families Party.

On November 8, 2011, Vote Daraio and Quezada.