Housing Partnership names new board member

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John R Durso, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338, has been named to the board of directors of the Long Island Housing Partnership, the group’s president and CEO, Peter Elkowitz, recently announced.

“We welcome Mr. Durso to the board and look forward to his advice on the future housing needs of Long Island workers,” Mr. Elkowitz said through a press release issued last week.

The Long Island Housing Partnership is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing opportunities to those who, through the ordinary operation of the marketplace, are unable to secure decent, safe and affordable housing. It does so through the development and sponsorship of affordable ownership and rental units and related services.

The partnership’s board, which serves in an advisory capacity, consists of 34 members from a variety of backgrounds. Member terms are 1 year long.

With 1.4 million members, the retail union is the largest affiliate in the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Local 338 represents more than 18,500 workers, including supermarket employees, health care workers, pharmacists, deliverymen, dairy workers, warehouse and numerous other retail food services across Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Putnam and Hudson counties and parts of New Jersey.

Mr. Durso is also an international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, vice president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and vice president of the ?New York City Central Labor Council and in 2005 he was elected to fill the term as president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, which represents more than 250,000 workers. He is also affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Mr. Durso holds positions on the labor commissions of Nassau County and the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay and is on the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board.

Mr. Durso has served as a coach, board member and president of the Bellmore Little League and has been a committee member of Bellmore Boy Scout troop 285.

He is a lifetime member of the New York branch of the NAACP and is a board member of the Long Island Association, and the United Way of Long Island. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the ENERGEIA Partnership, the Rauch Foundation, John Thiessen’s Children’s Foundation and the Queens Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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