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President’s Award for Ambassador Charles A. Gargano ’55
From left, Interim Vice President Jerome H. Blue, Ambassador Charles A. Gargano, President Fred W. Beaufait and ADGA Professor Robert Holden.
Ambassador Charles A. Gargano ‘55, chairman of Empire State Development and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, was presented with the President’s Award by City Tech President Fred W. Beaufait in a private ceremony on May 12. Dr. Jerome H. Blue, the College’s interim vice president for research, governmental and corporate relations, and Advertising Design & Graphic Arts Professor Robert Holden participated in the ceremony, which was held at the ambassador’s Manhattan office.
“As chairman of Empire State Development and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Ambassador Gargano’s contributions to the economic well being of the state and region are incalculable,” said President Fred Beaufait in a statement accompanying presentation of the award.
Ambassador Gargano delivered the keynote address at the College’s 2004 Job Expo in April, in which he painted a promising employment picture for City Tech graduates and other New Yorkers as a result of the ongoing economic recovery. More than 700 students, faculty, alumni, community leaders and other guests were on hand for the ambassador’s video presentation. The Job Expo is an annual event coordinated by the College’s Placement Office, Student Government Association and Office of Research, Governmental & Corporate Relations.
The ambassador’s distinguished career in public service began in 1981, when he was named deputy administrator of the Federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration by President Ronald Reagan. In 1988, he was appointed ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago by President Reagan and later re-appointed by President Bush in 1989. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Tourism Advisory Board.
A graduate of City Tech’s civil engineering technology program, his public service followed a successful career as an engineer and principal at J.D. Posillico Engineering and Construction, one of Long Island’s largest heavy construction firms. He has served as regional director of the Association of General Contractors in America and as chairman of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers in Construction. Ambassador Gargano is also chairman of the board and a past president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation.
Photo by Albert Sherman