Paul Santarpia was appointed Field Director by President Tony Speelman in May of 2016. He started his career as a UFCW Local 1500 member in the early 1980’s as a part time cashier at Pathmark on Staten Island, Amboy Rd. store #681. After working a year on the job he was promoted to full time and transferred to Pathmark New Dorp #683.
In New Dorp, Paul worked as a front end back up Mgr., Dairy Clerk and Produce clerk. In 1991 Paul served on the contract negotiation committee. Later that year Paul was hired by Local 1500 to be a Membership Servicing Representative. As a membership servicing representative he was able to see all Local 1500 members working on different shifts. One year later, Paul was promoted to Union Representative in January of 1993.
Paul’s first area as a representative was lower Westchester, Dutchess, and Bradlee’s in Rockland county. He serviced this area for one year. After that Paul had serviced the areas of Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. He spent most of his career as Union Representative in the Brooklyn area, where he served members for 15 years. In 1999 Paul was made a Vice President on the Local 1500 Executive Board. He now serves as the Field Director for Local 1500.
Paul is married and has two teenage daughters and enjoys watching NFL Football.