John R. Durso Appointed to the Board of Trustee at Nassau Community College


For Immediate Release July 29, 2008Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634e-mail:

John R. Durso Appointed to the Board of Trustee at Nassau Community CollegeBoard Trustees

Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College (NCC) is pleased to announce that John R. Durso has been appointed to its Board of Trustees by Nassau County. Durso was appointed for a six-year term beginning on June 24.

"I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees at Nassau Community College, and am looking forward to working with them and Dr. Fanelli for the betterment of the students and the community," said Durso. "NCC is indeed fortunate to have John on the Board," said NCC President Dr. Sean Fanelli. "His wide ranging and active engagement in the life of Long Island has given him a wonderful perspective on how NCC can serve its students and the communities in which they live."

Durso is president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 338, which covers Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Putnam and Hudson Counties in New York as well as parts of New Jersey.  The RWDSU is the largest affiliate in the 1.4 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Durso is an international vice president of the UFCW, vice president of the RWDSU, and vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council. He also serves as president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, which represents over 250,000 working men and women and is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). In addition, Durso holds positions on the Nassau County and Town of Hempstead Labor Commissions and the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board. He's also the chairman of the Living Wage Advisory Board for the Nassau County Comptroller's office.

A lifetime member of the New York branch of the NAACP, Durso is also a board member of the Long Island Association, the Long Island Housing Partnership, and the United Way of Long Island. He serves on the advisory boards of the ENERGIA Partnership, the Rauch Foundation, John Thiessen's Children's Foundation and the Queens chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Durso and his wife Peggy have four children: John Jr., 33, Michael, 28, Jessica, 23 and Jim, 22.


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