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Simon reelected Chairman of New Jersey State Legislative Board

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 9 — Sean P. Simon was reelected by acclamation to his third term as Chairman at the New Jersey State Legislative Board’s quadrennial meeting on May 28, 2020.

A Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer, Brother Simon hired out with Contrail in March of 1994. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in August of 1995 and joined the Brotherhood effective October 1, 1997. In 2018, Brother Simon was elected to his fourth term as Local Chairman of Division 226 in Newark, N.J. He also serves Division 226 as Alternate Legislative Representative.

Also elected by acclamation were: 1st Vice Chairman David Ziegler, Division 53 (Jersey City, N.J.); 2nd Vice Chairman Ray Vigil, Division 226 (Newark, N.J.); Secretary-Treasurer Andrew D. Arias, Division 157 (Jersey City, N.J.); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer Ricardo Bowen, Division 497 (Jersey City, N.J.). Elected by acclamation to serve as Trustees were: Leroy M. Hurley, Division 387 (Camden, N.J.); Mel Caban, Division 272 (Dover, N.J.); and Kevin R. Gabriel, Division 601 (Newark, N.J.). Elected by acclamation to serve as Alternate Trustees were: Chris J. Zappile, Division 373 (Trenton, N.J.); Ray Vigil, Division 226 (Newark, N.J.); and Dordy Joseph, Division 157 (Jersey City, N.J.).

Elected by acclamation to serve as Delegates to Teamsters Joint Council 73 were: Sean Simon, Division 226; Andy Arias, Division 157; Matthew C. Kronyak, Division 235 (Union City, N.J.); David Ziegler, Division 53; Kevin Gabriel, Division 601; Ray Vigil, Division 226; and Ricardo Bowen, Division 497.

Representing the BLET National Division at the meeting were: BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce; Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman; Director of Regulatory Affairs Vincent G. Verna; Director of Political and Legislative Affairs Robert F. Hagan; and BLET Special Representative and Director of Mobilization–Eastern Region Matthew C. Kronyak.

“I am proud to congratulate and thank Brother Simon and all members of the New Jersey State Legislative Board for their dedication to our Brotherhood,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “I have every confidence that they will continue to do an excellent job of representing our Brothers and Sisters in New Jersey and educating political candidates about our union’s issues in advance of the November elections.”

Brother Simon briefly served as President of Division 601 after joining the Brotherhood. After Norfolk Southern and CSX took over Conrail, he flowed over to NS. Shortly after the split date, Brother Simon joined the reactivated BLET Division 226 and was elected to serve as its Legislative Representative. He has also held the offices of Local Chairman and Alternate Legislative Representative of Division 226. He was elected 2nd Vice Chairman of the New Jersey State Legislative Board in 2010, and 1st Vice Chairman in 2013. He was elevated to the office of Chairman when former Chairman Matt Kronyak was appointed as a Special Representative for the BLET National Division in 2014.

The New Jersey Legislative Board represents 11 BLET Local Divisions and more than 1,400 active and retired members from various freight and commuter railroads.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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