OUTREACH Honors Robert Bonanza
December 5, 2012
Around Town by Neal Tepel
On November 29, 2012 OUTREACH foundation honored Robert Bonanza, Business Manager of Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long for his commitment to helping OUTREACH continue to "build healthy lives for children and families." The road he traveled to reach his current position within the Laborer's International Union of North America started more than 25 years ago when he began his career as a laborer. Bobby represents a new generation of labor leaders dedicated to organizing, social justice and improving the lives of the members of the union.
A lifelong resident of Nassau County, Bonanza entered the construction industry in 1980, as a member of General Building Laborers' local 66, he began his career pouring concrete for Scalamandre Construction. Working as a general laborer, Bobby began his rise through the ranks of Local 66 from shop steward, to foreman to elected officer. In 1996 he was elected President of Local 66.
OUTREACH remains a leader in educating communities about the dangers of substance abuse and behavioral health issues. This past November the OUTREACH foundation took over the sponsorship of an outpatient chemical dependence program and its three off-site service locations, including one for adolescence, in the Town of Islip in Suffolk County.