Friday, January 24, 2014

Geiger Wins Election

Joe Geiger
With all ballots now counted by American Arbitration Association, Local 1556 member Joe Geiger is the unofficial winner of the special election to fill the seat of Executive Secretary Treasurer (EST) for the NYC District Council of Carpenters. Unofficial results have Geiger winning with 3127 votes, with his opponent Greg Kelty, a member of Local 157, with 1488 votes. As the new EST, Geiger will lead the District Council for the next year.

“I’d like to thank all of the brothers and sisters for their support as well as Mr. Kelty for running a spirited campaign,” said Geiger. “As the EST, I will properly fulfill the duties of this office as well as act on and promote what is in the best interest of our membership and their families.”

Geiger ran on a platform of leading the DC back to self-governance through more transparency, shop steward protections, open lines of communication and accountability. As a 30-year member, Geiger has served as president of Local Unions 1556 and the former 1536 and held positions of warden, treasurer, and trustee.

After certification of the results by the federal appointed Review Officer (RO), Geiger will be installed at the next meeting of the Delegate Body scheduled for February 12.



  2. Good Race Greg!

    Don't forget, name recognition this time around and having to fight through the court to get the required mailing for both candidates.

    Going against machine politics is never easy, so file this under lessons learned.

    Now, on the latter side, perseverence is key as is faith. The margin is not as large as one would be lead to believe. The difference is a mere 819.50 votes between you, had you rec'd 820 votes, you'd be sworn in in February. Basic math shows that you need only claim an additional 74 voters per month over the next 11-months, or approximately 17 men/woman per week.

    Next go around, we get in there & get the names of every eligible member of the District Council which the D.C. must allow you to review under federal law whether or not they enjoy following it. Judging by a near quarter century of Federal oversight and Court monitoring, you have to start now as the corrupt elements still remain and they will fight you at every turn and pray you give up.

    You ran a good campaign and can hold your head up.

    As for the other team, why it sure would be interesting to see those daily reports they turn into the D.C. and RO documenting their exact daily activities with a date and time stamp of where they were, who they saw and what the purpose of it was. We all know they didn't use their morning coffee break & lunch to GOTV - so what could they have been doing all day?

    In the end, a couple of voters a day for 11-months and you will be the next EST. Besides, given the past history of Lebo, Bilello, McGinnis & now McCarrons kiss of death annointing Geiger, 11-months is more than enough time for him to become involved in another imbroglio and hang himself in the process.

  3. Let me congratulate the underdog Greg Kelty for a an outstanding effort against the odds. It is a gloomy day for those of us who voted for you with the news of today's results but you did a fine job on our behalf.

    The RO set up elections that lacked organization from the start, with narrow time frames and no election guidelines. That gave an unfair advantage to insider Joe Geiger, who had many if not all resources at his disposal.

    The RO didn't think it prudent to conduct a mass mailing of campaign literature. It took a petition in person to Judge Berman to secure it. No candidate should have to appeal to a judge to simply get campaign material mailed to the membership within days of an elections. In spite of all the pitfalls, Greg Kelty prevailed and it'd be good citizenship to thank him for the effort.

    So Thank you Greg, I will support members like you who show consistent understanding of the kind of leadership we could have if more members like you step up to the challenge. Congratulations for your careful persistence. Be proud that you tried and effortlessly maintained a sense of integrity throughout.

    Lisa Narducci Local # 157



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