Billy Riccaldo bio


As CSEA Southern Region President, Billy Riccaldo makes it his priority to ensure that the 40,000 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 has 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 to hold.

Riccaldo has served on the CSEA Board of Directors as well as being 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 a key role in the tough fight to organize municipal workers in the Village of Suffern, a successful organizing drive that resulted in the Village of Suffern Unit joining the Rockland County Local.

A lifelong Rockland County resident, Riccaldo is an active member of the AFL-CIO Rockland Central Labor Council as well as the AFL-CIO Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. An ardent supporter of all labor causes, Riccaldo can often be found in the community supporting brothers and sisters from other area labor unions.