Raymond Kitson is the youngest of seven siblings, born to Kathleen and Patrick on April 16, 1964. He was raised in Levittown, Long Island. Having graduated from Holy Trinity Roman Catholic High School in Hicksville in 1982, he later attended Nassau Community College and earned his bachelor’s degree in labor relations at the National Labor College.
Ray was initiated into Local 3, IBEW in 1988 and attended Mechanics Institute where he graduated in 1993. He became an “A” journeyman in 1999. Ray has served in numerous capacities throughout his career at Local 3 including sub-foreman, foreman and general foreman. His last position prior to his appointment to Local 3’s staff was as assistant superintendent for Five Star Electric.
Ray has always been an active, committed member of Local 3. He is a longtime member of the Allied Club of Queens as well as the Catholic Council of Electrical Workers and the Colony Club. He was the president of the Golf Club for over 10 years and was the club advisor.
In June 2008 Business Manager Christopher Erikson appointed him Business Representative and Local 3’s first full-time Organizer. Ray’s first assignment was to a specialized task force within the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), targeting non-union developers and contractors — an assignment that continues with great success to this day. In 2012 Ray was assigned to represent the Expeditor Division, where he served with distinction.
Ray is a delegate to the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the NYC Central Labor Council and the Manhattan Board of Business Agents. He was unanimously elected to serve as an officer of the Building and Construction Trades Council, where he presides with BCTC President Gary LaBarbera. He serves as an advisor to the Greek Orthodox Council and is a member of the Wage and Policy Committee.
Moreover, Ray is a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the Labor Assistance field, assisting Local 3 members and their families live more purposeful, productive and happy lives. Ray has been recognized by the Allied Club of Queens as their “Man of the Year” in 2013, as well as the Labor Assistance Professionals New York Chapter, Boy Scouts of America and St. Mary’s Hospital for helping those in need.
Ask Ray what his greatest accomplishment is, and he will tell you, with a great big smile, all about his daughter, Sara.