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 is currently finishing his BA in Labor Relations at the National Labor College.
Raymond was initiated into Local Union #3 18EV! in 1988 and attended Mechanics Institute where he graduated in 1993, and 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 Colony.
Brother Kitson has always been an active, committed member of Local Union #3. He is a long time member of the Allied Club of Queens, as well as the Catholic Council and the Colony Club. Reserved as the President of the Golf Club for over 10 years, and is currently their advisor.
In June of 2008, Business Manager Erikson appointed Brother Kitson a Business Representative and Local Union #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 its 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.
Raymond is a delegate to the New York City Building Trades, NYC Central Labor Council and the Man±attan Board of Business Agents. He was recently unanimously elected to serve as an officer of the NYC Building and Construction Trades where he presides with Gary LaBarbara. Moreover, he serves as an advisor to the Greek Orthodox Council and is a member of the Wage and Policy Committee.
Additionally, Brother Kitson 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.
Brother Kitson has been honored 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 his work in the field of helping those in need.
Ask Brother Kitson what his greatest accomplishment is, and he will tell you, with a great big smile, all about his daughter, Sara Kitson, who is currently a Freshman at the University of Rhode Island.