Billy Riccaldo bio

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As CSEA Southern Region President, Billy Riccaldo made it his priority to ensure that the over 38,000 CSEA members in the region have fairness on the job, safe worksites, and contracts that reflect the top notch work CSEA members perform, day in and day out.

It’s that steadfast commitment to rank and file workers that motivated Riccaldo to advance from his initial activism to bigger leadership positions in the union.

A CSEA member since 1973, Riccaldo began balancing his position in the maintenance department of Rockland County’s Robert L. Yeager Health Center with his union activities when he was elected vice president of the Rockland County Unit in 1998.

He advanced to become Rockland County Local president in 2001, a position he held until stepping up to the Southern Region presidency in 2008 from his previous role as region executive vice president. CSEA President Danny Donohue, who serves as chairman of the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund, appointed Riccaldo to serve as treasurer of the CSEA EBF, a position he continues held until his retirement in July 2019.

Riccaldo served on the CSEA Board of Directors and served as a delegate to CSEA’s International Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He received the CSEA Mission Achievement Award for the Local Government Division in 2004, an honor that recognized his work not only within the Rockland County Unit, but also among the close to 20 other public sector bargaining units encompassing the Rockland County Local.

He is proud to have played key roles in a number of victories, including organizing numerous worksites in joining CSEA, fighting privatization attempts at many workplaces, and preserving existing retiree health insurance for County of Rockland employees following an attempt to force them onto an inferior plan. He is proud to have been a part, from the time he started county service in 1973, of a county workforce that for so many years proudly delivered robust services to the Rockland County community, including the operation of a county hospital, nursing home, health clinics, mental health clinics, and an on-site daycare that helped accommodate working parents.

A lifelong Rockland County resident living in West Haverstraw, Riccaldo was an active member of the AFL-CIO Rockland Central Labor Council and AFL-CIO Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. He served as acting HVALF president up until his retirement.