Norman Seabrook is President of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, the largest municipal jail union in the nation and the second largest law enforcement union in New York City. He was elected president in 1995 by an overwhelming margin and he achieved unprecedented accomplishments on behalf of Correction Officers during his first term in office. He was re-elected in 1999, 2004, 2008 and again in 2012.
Before President Seabrook took office, Correction Officers were invisible to most New Yorkers because they dealt with detainees and sentenced offenders of one year or less at city correction facilities. Because Correction Officers were less visible, their contracts were terribly deficient in benefits and wages. Through his tireless efforts, in 1998, President Seabrook negotiated a contract that gave Correction Officers more than Police Officers received under their contract, which was negotiated by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Also, as COBA President, Mr. Seabrook successfully enacted many legislative initiatives into law. Four of those initiatives are widely acknowledged to be the most significant pieces of legislation passed during the entire history of the New York City Department of Correction. They are the Variable Supplement Fund Bill, the Heart Bill, the Three Quarters Disability Bill and the Anti-Privatization bill, which prevented the City of New York from eliminating thousands of jobs for Correction Officers.
Because of his vigorous dedication to New York City Correction Officers, as well as, his advocacy on behalf of men and women in civil service nationwide, President Seabrook has received many honors and prestigious appointments.
- In 2000, President Seabrook was appointed Chairman and Spokesperson of the Uniformed Forces Coalition. In this capacity, he negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement, which provided a 10% wage increase over a two year period, which was the most significant wage increase for uniformed forces since the 1980’s for New York City Correction Officers, Firefighters, Sanitation Workers, Police Detectives, Police Captains, Police Sergeants, Police Lieutenants and all other uniformed city employees with the exception of Police Officers.
- In 2001, former Governor George E. Pataki appointed President Seabrook to a bipartisan task force to reform New York State and New York City elections.
- In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed President Seabrook to the Presidential Commission on the United States Postal Service, to assess how the Postal Service can serve the public more efficiently.
- In 2006, former Governor George E. Pataki appointed President Seabrook to serve as an Executive Board Member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At the MTA, he was the Chairman of the Safety and Security Committee and a member of the Capital Program Oversight, New York City Transit, Capital Construction and Real Estate Committees.
- In 2007, President Seabrook became the first union leader in the nation, outside of Illinois, to endorse Barack Obama for President of the United States. As a staunch, loyal supporter, President Seabrook worked tirelessly on behalf of the Obama campaign in New York and made countless media appearances to promote the campaign and help get out the vote.
- In 2009, President Seabrook was awarded the NAACP’s Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame Award”, for his dedication and commitment to the labor community both locally and nationally.
- In 2010, City Hall News, New York’s highly acclaimed political newspaper, featured President Seabrook as one of New York City’s 12 most effective labor leaders.
- In 2011, President Seabrook received the “Labor Leader of the Year Award” at the National Action Network’s 20th Anniversary convention.
President Seabrook is the host of his own radio show called, Real Talk, Real Time, which airs live every Friday on WWRL 1600 AM from 11:00AM-12:00PM.
He is a graduate of Empire State College and a life-long resident of the Bronx.