By SARAH DORSEY | Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015 5:00 pm
The second time was even more charmed for Transport Workers Union Local 106 President Vincent Modafferi, who defeated challenger Robert Romaine March 13 by a much greater margin than he did three years ago.
The final tally was 430 to 207, with Mr. Modafferi winning 67.5 percent of the vote to Mr. Romaine’s 32.5 percent.
Was 5-Term Leader
Mr. Romaine was fighting to return to a position he held until September 2010, when he gave up the Local 106 presidency to become International Representative of the Transit Division of TWU International. Before that, he headed the local for five terms, and Mr. Modafferi served as his treasurer and then vice president.
Mr. Modafferi assumed the top seat when Mr. Romaine left, and then beat him by 56 to 44 percent in 2012.
Local 106 represents Supervisors in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, mostly in bus divisions but also in subways. About 60 percent of its nearly 1,100 members returned ballots, though many fewer members voted for the lower offices.
The incumbents swept nearly every officer’s seat. Hubert Reardon and Michael Lawson remain as Secretary Treasurer and General Recording Secretary, respectively, after running unopposed. The local’s bylaws prohibit candidates from forming slates, but the two candidates who supported Mr. Romaine were defeated, Mr. Modafferi said.
In the OA Transportation unit, Thomas Burke bested Romaine supporter Gladys Arroyo, the former Vice Chair, by 54 to 46 percent. John Muller was elected Vice Chair of that unit by a 71-to-29 percent margin, defeating Henry Neu, the former Recording Secretary.
Robert Elznic was re-elected as chair of the MTA Bus unit, receiving 80 percent of the vote to Romaine ally Neftali Gonzalez’s 20 percent. Incumbent MTA Bus Recording Secretary Anthony Wiggins beat Christopher Panzarella by 69 to 31 percent.
The only other new officer is Marcia Reyes, who ran unopposed for Recording Secretary of OA Transportation.
The new term begins on April 1 and runs until March 31, 2018.