About CHARLES WINGATE
Charles J. Wingate began his career as a dedicated Correction Officer in 2004 after making a major decision to leave his then-promising career on Wall Street as a Series 7 Broker. Upon entry into this new career, Wingate was assigned to the Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC), where his easy-going spirit and calm demeanor immediately invited both the senior staff and new members of the department to endear him.
During Wingate’s tenure he has always excelled when assigned to the Intake “A” post and other high-volume areas. In particular, his assignment to the General Office is where Wingate earned the respect of his fellow colleagues who noticed the inequalities in the treatment towards Correction Officers. It was their confidence in Wingate that inspired them to nominate Wingate for the position of Union Delegate in the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA). His welcoming personality, strong character, and tenacious willingness to advocate on behalf of others made it an easy win, hence, he served as a Union Delegate at the Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC) prior to its recent closure.
Through his understanding of the rights and obligations of Correction Officers within the workplace, Wingate was able to secure fair and equitable treatment in his negotiations. This marked only the beginning of Wingate’s success in representing his fellow colleagues. He considers it an honor to serve Correction Officers within the COBA.
In his spare time, Wingate also has the honor of working as a volunteer coach with the Department’s Basketball team. Being immersed with coaching and communicating with his peers he realized his fellow brothers and sisters need a knowledgeable and trust-worthy representative to advocate for them. This sparked his decision to run for the position of Manhattan Borough Trustee.
As Manhattan Borough Trustee, Wingate will be entrusted to oversee union operations in RNDC, MDC, TRANS and ESH. In addition, he will act as a liaison with the Board of Corrections and represent Correction Officers at OATH proceedings. His dedication to his officers is nothing short of noble and will be vital in the years to come as a Manhattan Borough Trustee.