Gary Tavormina, Retiree Council Representative to the International Executive Board – Albany, New York
President of AFSCME New York Retiree Chapter 82/Retired New York State Law Enforcement Officers, Tavormina was elected chairman of the national AFSCME Retirees Council in 2012 and is currently serving as the Retirees Council representative to the International Executive Board. Tavormina is a 55-year member of AFSCME and, for many years, served as the president of his Local 1041. He began his career as a corrections officer at New York’s Green Haven Prison in 1957 and retired in 1990 as a permanent lieutenant at the Groveland Correctional Facility. He likes to say that he spent “33 years behind bars.” As president of Retiree Chapter 82 since 1991, Tavormina led numerous drives to increase retiree membership and to build a subchapter network statewide (along with two Florida subchapters). Before assuming the chairmanship of the national Retirees Council, Tavormina held the office of vice-chair. In addition, Tavormina served for more than 50 years as a volunteer with Woodbourne Fire Company No. 1 of Sullivan County, N.Y.