Norman Seabrook was re-elected last week to a fifth term as president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association with 76 percent of the vote. His executive-board colleagues were also re-elected by large margins.
“We consider that a mandate,” said COBA spokesman Michael Skelly.
Mr. Seabrook received 2,173 of the 2,868 votes cast for president. Coming in second was Richard Reuter of the Correction Officers Represented Equally slate, who received 399 votes. He was followed by Celestino Monclova of the Bold Resistance slate, who got 211 votes, and Mary Love of Team Rebuild with 85 votes.
CORE was established by former Correction Officer Chandra LaSonde, who was a member of COBA’s executive board until 2009, when she resigned after processing a possibly fraudulent insurance claim for another board member. She said Mr. Seabrook pressured her to quit because he saw her as a political threat.
After being acquitted of fraud charges in Federal court, Ms. LaSonde launched her own attempt to take over the union, but when she and her board sought recognition from the city, Labor Commissioner James F. Hanley refused it.
“The COBA executive board and I are deeply grateful for the continued support demonstrated by our brother and sister officers,” Mr. Seabrook said in a statement. “We could not have achieved all that we have without their unwavering loyalty. Moving forward, we all know that there are many more challenges ahead for all public-sector union members, and I pledge to continue to fight those who seek to usurp our rights and eliminate our benefits.”
With five terms, Mr. Seabrook is the longest-serving president in COBA history.
His executive-board members, all of them re-elected, are 1st Vice President Elias Husamudeen, 2nd Vice President Joseph Bracco, 3rd Vice President Elizabeth Castro, Legislative Chairman Thomas Farrell, Treasurer Michael Maiello, Financial Secretary Steve Robinson, Corresponding Secretary William Valentin, Recording Secretary Karen Belfield and Sergeant-at-Arms Benny Boscio.