Region gives back to honor Scarsciotti

In this 2009 file photo, Eugene “Gino” Scarsciotti stands up for the rights of working people.

EAST SYRACUSE — Former CSEA activist Eugene “Gino” Scarsciotti may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

Scarsciotti, 56, died Jan. 26, 2019, after battling cancer. He had recently retired from the New York State Department of Transportation in Camillus, as well as president of our union’s Syracuse Department of Transportation Local.

In memory of Scarsciotti, CSEA Central Region President Kenny Greenleaf held a moment of silence at the start of the Central Region’s recent Spring Executive Board Meeting.

The region also sponsored a 50/50 raffle, with the proceeds going to his family’s charity of choice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Our union leaders and activists raised $508 from the raffle. The raffle’s winner, Oneida-Herkimer-Tri-County Retirees Local President Cathy Barretta, generously donated back her winnings so that the entire total will be donated to St. Jude’s in Scarsciotti’s memory.

“Gino was dedicated to our union family, and he is greatly missed,” Greenleaf said. “This was a nice tribute to our union brother on behalf of the caring activists in our region.”

— Mark M. Kotzin


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Mark Kotzin has been passionately advocating on behalf of workers for more than 29 years, previously as the communications specialist in our union's Central Region, and currently as CSEA's statewide Director of Communications.

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