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PCALI Board Members and Trustees

Rich Schaffer-Executive Secretary/Counsel

Executive Board Members
Bob Ruggiero Jr.-President

John Maccarone-Vice-President

Salvatore Romano -Financial Secretary

James Penny-Recording Secretary

Robert Ruggiero Sr.-Local 200 Promo Fund Trustee

Dominick D'Elia-Local 200 Promo Fund Trustee

Irwin Botto-Local 200 Promo Fund Trustee

Rich Schaffer
PCALI Executive Secretary/Counsel

816 Deer Park Avenue
North Babylon, New York 11703
631-422-0987 (fax)

Completing his fifth two-year term as Suffolk Democratic Chairman, Rich's political career began when, at 14, he managed volunteers at a telephone bank in the re-election effort of the Babylon Town Supervisor. Practically straight out of SUNY Albany, where he served two terms as Student Association president, Rich defeated a heavily favored Republican County Legislator becoming an elected official at the age of 23 in 1987. In 1992, the same year he was admitted to the New York State Bar, Rich became at 29 the youngest Town Supervisor in the Town of Babylon's history.

Rich served nine years as Town Supervisor during which time he helped improved the town's parks and beaches, roads and youth programs. During his term, the town created its commercial garbage district which has provided reliable pickup service at an inexpensive price and stabilized taxes for business and homeowners. After leaving town hall in 2001, Rich agreed to continue serving as an assistant town attorney to the town's Plumbers Examining Board. Most recently, he has taken on the additional responsibility of serving as counsel to Babylon's Green Homes Program, a nationally recognized program created by Supervisor Steve Bellone that is working to reduce the town's carbon footprint by funding residential energy efficient improvements with no up front costs.

As Chairman of the Suffolk County Democratic Party, Rich Schaffer has established an "open door" policy and has moved the headquarters of the party to a professional office building in Bohemia. Under his leadership, Suffolk Democrats have elected two Congressmen, Steve Israel and Tim Bishop, District Attorney Tom Spota, County Executive Steve Levy, Assemblywoman Ginny Fields, Assemblyman Marc Alessi to Perry Duryea's old Assembly seat - a seat never held by a Democrat - and most recently, Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko. Rich was retained by the PCA-LI in June 2009 where he can now put to use the leadership skills he developed from both his governmental and political background on behalf of the plumbing industry on Long Island.

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Bob Ruggiero Jr.
PCALI President

Vice President
ARA Plumbing Corp.
2182 Jackson Avenue.
Seaford, NY. 11783

Bob has been in business with his father, Robert Ruggiero Sr., since Ara Plumbing Corp. was founded in 2003. He entered the trade in 1191 as Apprentice Plumber, Foreman, in 1991, working at what was then called Ara Plumbing and Heating.

Specializing in plumbing contracting for schools, hospitals, and laboratories, Ara Plumbing also does piers utility work including the USS Intrepid.

Bob is active in Plumbing Contractors Association of Long Island and the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York.

Outside the office, Bob's key interest is family and children. His backyard is a place he enjoys both work and just hanging out, and sports-wise, the Giants and the Yankees are his teams. He supports Contractors for Kids by attending and participating in events.

Why Bob joined PCALI: "If you want an organization to make a difference, you have to be involved. I wanted to be involved in a professional association that can make a difference on Long Island."

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John Maccarone
PCALI Vice-President

Vice President
Maccarone Plumbing Inc.
10 Sea Cliff Ave.
Glen Cove NY 11542

Founded in 1934 by John's grandfather, Maccarone Plumbing Inc. is still very much a family business. Louis Maccarone Sr. has been at the helm since 1971, working with both John and his brother Louis Jr., who serves as treasurer. Specializing in plumbing, heating, HVAC and fire sprinklers, Maccarone Plumbing received National Grid's Outstanding Sales Award (2005-2006 and 2008-2009). The company was admitted to the Glen Cove Hall of Fame in 2009 and recognized in 2006 for corporate excellence by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce.

Certified as a master plumber by NYC and many LI townships and villages, John graduated from SUNY Delhi and the Mechanics Institute. As a PCALI board member, he manages the association's day-to-day operations; plans its social, charitable and legislative agendas, and heads up new member recruitment.

John is a board member of the Cystinosis Research network, which provides support to families of children with the rare disease and raises funds in search of a cure. Maccarone Plumbing contributes to the cause as well as to the Don Monte Foundation and many other local charities and organizations. When he is not working, it's a good bet that John is coaching, working with children, boating, fishing, hunting or golfing.

Why John joined PCALI: "To help improve the industry by sharing and receiving insight on goals as well as gaining expertise. I also like to build valuable networks and relationships with fellow board members by working together."

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Salvatore Romano
PCALI Financial Secretary

Rocon Plumbing & Heating Corp.
16 First Street
Garden City Park, New York 11040

Sal founded Rocon Plumbing & Heating Corp. in 1997 after 18 years in the business as apprentice, plumber, foreman, and project supervisor at companies including Threeboro Plumbing and Heating Corp. and E.G. National Plumbing and Heating Corp. His company specializes in commercial and industrial plumbing and heating installations. A graduate of the Mechanics Institute in NYC in 1986 and a Plumbers Local One Journeyman since 1987, Sal is a licensed master plumber in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk and a New York City Master Fire Suppression Licensed Contractor and New York City Licensed Site Safety Manager.

Hardworking, driven and motivated in his business and on behalf of PCALI, Sal is one of the organization's three board directors. He is focused on both initiating and completing actions and programs that will among other things, increase the organization's awareness throughout Long Island's construction industry.

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James Penny

James Penny
PCALI Recording Secretary

All Systems Maintenance Inc.
20 Inez Drive
Bay Shore, NY 11706

All Systems founded in 1983. James is second generation of a family owned/operated plumbing contracting business. James has been involved in all areas of business operation since graduating SUNY Brockport in May 1998. All Systems specializes in design/build projects, medical facilities and commercial buildings, as well as many multi family housing projects which included community buildings, commercial laundry centers, and sewer treatment plants.

Jim is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Jac's Pac, a non profit organization that raises funds for Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare form of cancer that generally affects children and young adults.

Jim is an avid sports fan with the NJ Jets, NY Island and NY Mets being his teams of choice. Jim and his wife Erica are expecting triplets in fall which will keep them very busy.

Why Jim joined PCALI: "It is my privilege to be an active member of an organization that will help promote communication and equality while making the plumbing industry something we can all be proud of."

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Promo Fund Trustees

Robert Ruggiero Sr.
Trustee, Plumbing Industry Promotional Fund of Long Island

ARA Plumbing Corp.
2182 Jackson Avenue.
Seaford, NY. 11783

Robert Sr. founded the Ara Plumbing Corp., which specializes in plumbing contracting for schools, hospitals and laboratories, in 2003. Prior to the founding of the Seaford-based company, he served as president of Ara Plumbing and Heating from 1980 to 2003.

An active PCALI participant, Robert Sr. joined because he believes "you should be active in your industry, have your voice heard, and promote the organization and the industry for its professionalism. At PCALI, Robert serves as co-chair of the Local 200 Pension and Welfare Funds, is a member of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee, and is a trustee of the Promotional Fund. He is a member of the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York.

In his spare time, two of Robert's great loves are watching his grandchildren in their various activities and spending time on the golf course.

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Dominick D'Elia
Trustee, Plumbing Industry Promotional Fund of Long Island

Lakeville/Pace Mechanical ,Inc.
75 East Hoffman Avenue
Lindenhurst, New York 11757

Twenty-three years ago, Dominick and Harold Block of Pace Plumbing Corp founded Lakeville/Pace Mechanical, which specializes in plumbing and heating for commercial, institutional and residential properties.

Dominick started working in the plumbing industry in 1964 at Jarcho Plumbing, one of NYC's largest plumbing contractors - (e.g. World Trade Center, Pan Am building, Polo Ground Housing), where he became chief estimator for the company. He worked there for a decade and then as vice president at Aces Mechanical Corp for 13 years before founding Lakeville Pace - a merger of Pace Plumbing Corp and Lakeville Plumbing.

Dominick holds a NYC Master Plumbers License, a State of New Jersey Master Plumbers License, Westchester County Master Plumbers License along with 30 other licenses on Long Island. Active in the New York State PHCC, where he is a past president, Dominick is also a past president of PCALI. He currently is an employer Trustee on the Local 200 Fringe Benefit Fund, where he is one of four employer trustees.

Lakeville Pace works with PCALI to support charities including Wound Warriors, Cystinosis Research and other charitable causes. The company was honored by the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center for 10 years of service to its group.

Dominick joined PCALI because "I like promoting the industry, assisting new plumbers breaking into the field, and participating in the organization's charitable events." Outside his industry participation, Dominick likes spending time in Florida and loves golf.

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Irwin Botto
Trustee, Plumbing Industry Promotional Fund of Long Island

Botto Mechanical
95 Commercial Street
Plainview, New York 11803

It could almost be said that Irwin Botto was born into the plumbing business, where he remained for 46 years. He started working at Botto Brothers Plumbing, a firm founded in 1927 by extended family, when he was 14 and looking for summer work.

In 1954, Irwin took over the company along with his third cousin Hunter, whose father and uncle were the founders. Eleven years later, Irwin founded Botto Mechanical, a plumbing HVAC and fire protection company, where he remained until his retirement in 2000. His three sons hold management positions at the company today.

A member of the Nassau County Plumbing Contractors Association since 1960, Irwin was instrumental in getting the Nassau and Suffolk associations to merge. He served as president of the Nassau organization and, eventually, as president of PCALI. He has also held that title at the New York State Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors (NYSPHCC) and the Mechanical Contractors Assoc (MCA), a strictly union national HVAC contractors group, where he focused on member education and enhancing the image of the industry. Irwin was also trustee of the Benefit Fund for Local 775 (Suffolk), Local 457 (Nassau), and Local 200 which represents all of Long Island. He was named the Suffolk County Community College Foundation Man of the Year.

A man of many interests, Irwin enjoys hunting near his home in upstate Charlottesville and many other US and Canadian locales, the Yankees, and perhaps most of all his 15 grandchildren whose games he attends regularly. He resides today in the same house in which he was born on property purchased in 1906 and built on 23 years later for $3400.

As someone who believes that the plumbing industry "is the most important industry in the world because we save more lives than doctors do," Irwin's role as trustee is a vital one.

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