Board Of Officers

In accordance with the NYSPEC bylaws, the elected officers of the Public Employee Conference are the Chair, the Treasurer, the Recording Secretary, the Corresponding Secretary, seven Co-Chairs, and three Trustees.  Together, these individuals comprise the Board of Officers.

Chairman

Peter D. Meringolo

Former President, NYC Correction Captains’ Association

Chairman

Peter D. Meringolo

Former President, NYC Correction Captains’ Association

Pete Meringolo grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy.  He enlisted in the Army in August 1968, and served in the Vietnam War.  Promoted to Sergeant while in Vietnam, he received five medals for combat action while assigned to the 82nd Airborne Combat Infantry Unit.  A disabled Vietnam Veteran, he is extremely proud of his service to his country.  

He started his career in the Department of Correction in 1972.  Ten years later he was promoted to Captain.  In 1987, he was named Operations Captain of the Department's Emergency Response Unit.  The unit, under Pete's command, was responsible for restoring order during two major jail disturbances.  In each instance, he was awarded the Department’s Exceptional Merit medal for his leadership and actions.

His involvement with the Correction Captains’ Association began soon after his promotion, when he was elected union delegate, and in 1991, he was elected president.  He was known for his aggressiveness in obtaining all he could for his members.   He retired from the New York City Department of Corrections in March 2007 following more than 35 years of service.

In 2000, he was elected Chairman of the New York State Public Employee Conference, an organization that has now grown under his leadership to more than 80 unions, representing a wide spectrum of hardworking public employees in all titles.  During his tenure as Chairman, Pete and PEC's legislative team spearheaded the 9/11 Presumptive Disability Law.  This landmark legislation, enacted in June 2005, protects those public employees – and their survivors – who responded and were affected by September 11th.   This is by far the most significant piece of legislation enacted in the Conference's 43-year history.   Following his retirement in 2007, Pete has continued to be re-elected as chairman of the Conference. 

No stranger to controversy, Pete is called upon by the press to offer labor's position on a variety of issues; and has been an invited speaker at many conferences and conventions.   He represents the public employees well at New York's highest political offices, frequently appearing before all levels of New York government.

Pete’s political acumen has been honed in the field and he remains one of the best in the business, well respected on both sides of the aisle.  He has, on behalf of PEC, been instrumental in successful resolution of numerous issues and legislative initiatives that have expanded the quality of life for countless New York public sector workers and their families.   He is extremely proud to have been entrusted with leading the New York State Public Employee Conference’s effective advocacy and strong voice in Albany.

Treasurer

Joseph Mannion

President, NYC Sanitation Officers' Association

Treasurer

Joseph Mannion

President, NYC Sanitation Officers' Association

Recording Secretary

Richard Wells

President, Police Conference of New York

Recording Secretary

Richard Wells

President, Police Conference of New York

Corresponding Secretary

Christopher Erikson

Business Manager, IBEW Local 3

Corresponding Secretary

Christopher Erikson

Business Manager, IBEW Local 3

Co-Chair

Wayne Joseph

President, Bridge & Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association

Co-Chair

Wayne Joseph

President, Bridge & Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association

Co-Chair

Daniel C. Levler

President, Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees

Co-Chair

Daniel C. Levler

President, Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees

Under the leadership of President Daniel C. Levler and his Executive Board, our Union not only has a seat at every table, but we are looked upon as independent leaders among lawmakers, community leaders, and other Union officials. President Levler was recognized in 2021 by City & State as one of the top labor leaders in New York State as well as one of the top 100 leaders on Long Island. With strong relationships in both parties, he has played a key role in important issues including defeating the Constitutional Convention and passing Proposition 2 which delivers hundreds of millions for Suffolk’s general fund and kept AME jobs during an unprecedented global fiscal crisis. Recently, President Levler was instrumental in leading the charge to see our 911 dispatchers and operators recognized as First Responders, a designation that was finally signed into law on September 11,2021.

Our Union is highly engaged with the general public through the Suffolk Matters weekly radio show listened to by thousands each week, Mayday Music Festival, and support for charities that play a critical role in our communities. President Levler was also recently appointed Co-Chair of the New York State Public Employee Conference providing a state wide leadership role. His leadership and proven success are unmatched, and as we embark upon a difficult economic climate, President Levler’s diverse skillset and ability to produce results will see our Union through the storm.

Co-Chair

Gloria Middleton

President, CWA, Local 1180

Co-Chair

Gloria Middleton

President, CWA, Local 1180

Co-Chair

Thomas Mungeer

President, NYS Troopers PBA

Co-Chair

Thomas Mungeer

President, NYS Troopers PBA

Co-Chair

Harry Nespoli

President, Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association

Co-Chair

Harry Nespoli

President, Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association

Co-Chair

Michael Powers

President, NYS Correctional Officers & PBA Inc.

Co-Chair

Michael Powers

President, NYS Correctional Officers & PBA Inc.

Co-Chair

Louis Turco

President, Lieutenants Benevolent Association

Co-Chair

Louis Turco

President, Lieutenants Benevolent Association

Trustee

William Hennessey

President, Long Island Public Service Employees Local 342

Trustee

William Hennessey

President, Long Island Public Service Employees Local 342

Trustee

Dennis Quirk

President, NYS Court Officers Association

Trustee

Dennis Quirk

President, NYS Court Officers Association

Trustee

Anthony Wells

President, Social Service Employee Union Local 371

Trustee

Anthony Wells

President, Social Service Employee Union Local 371