Gary LaBarbera was nominated to the Board of Commissioners by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and joined the Board on June 30, 2017.
Mr. LaBarbera has served since 2009 as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, an organization comprising local affiliates of 15 national and international unions representing 100,000 working men and women in New York City.
Within weeks of assuming this position, Mr. LaBarbera embarked on ambitious negotiations for project labor agreements (PLA) to provide labor cost savings to advance major public and private projects at risk of stalling due to the economic recession.
In addition to his work with the public sector, Mr. LaBarbera has helped bring approximately $25 billion of private work under project labor agreements in New York City, creating thousands of union construction jobs in the process.
Prior to his tenure as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Mr. LaBarbera served organized labor in several other capacities, including as president of the New York City Central Labor Council, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16 and president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 282.
Having been actively involved in the Teamsters since the early 1980s, Mr. LaBarbera was one of the first members of Local 282 to graduate from the Labor Studies Program at Cornell University's School of Industrial Labor Relations in 1994.
Mr. LaBarbera is founder and chairman of the board of the New York City chapter of Helmets to Hardhats, an organization that has placed over 500 veterans in careers in the construction industry across the five boroughs since 2013. He also is president and chief executive officer of the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, which has placed more than 1,600 high school students from underserved areas throughout New York City into apprentice programs.
Mr. LaBarbera is currently a vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council, a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO and a vice chairman of the New York Building Congress. He serves on the New York City Regional Economic Development Council and the Exploited Worker Task Force as an appointee of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In addition to his numerous business commitments, Mr. LaBarbera is actively involved in several charities and educational programs, and is a member of the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America – Greater NY Council, the Ronald McDonald House and the Metropolitan Outreach Project.
Committee Assignments: Operations; Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management.