The IBEW lost 21 members at the World Trade Center. (4) IBEW 1212 members & (17) Brothers from IBEW Local Union 3. 

We remember our IBEW Brothers who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.  

The (4) Brothers of Local 1212 were Gerard Coppola of WNET-TV, Steven Jacobson of WPIX-TV, Robert Pattison and Isaias Rivera, both of CBS. 

1. Steven Jacobson became a member of IBEW 1212 in 1979. 

Steven was an engineer for WPIX- TV and worked in a room on the 110th floor of 1 World Trade Center tending to the station’s transmitter on that fateful day. Steven was also present for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Steven was 53.

2. Isaias Rivera became a member of IBEW 1212 in 1985. 

As a technician, Isaias worked the 110th-floor television transmission center atop the north tower. He was a maintenance engineer at the CBS transmitter of One World Trade Center. He was employed by CBS for 30 years and was also present for 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He had been there on Feb. 26, 1993, when a bomb went off in the basement desperately trying to keep WCBS on the air. Isaias was 51 years old. 

3. Gerard “Rod” Coppola of New Providence, died inside the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terrorists’ attacks. He worked on the 101st floor of One World Trade Center.

Gerard joined the local in 1985. Mr. Coppola was a broadcast engineer for WNET. He attended Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Gerard was 46.

4. Robert Edward Pattison, of New York City was employed by CBS. Robert was only a member of 1212 for a little over a year when 9/11 struck. Rob was on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower tending transmitters for WCBS-TV. Robert was 40 years old when he died. 

Our Brothers of IBEW Local 3 that perished on 9/11 are listed here. 

This veteran crew was working for Forest Electric on the 105th floor.

Robert Caufield, 49. 

Harvey Hermer, 59.

Lester Marino, 58.

Jeffrey Shaw, 42.

Glenn Travers, Sr., 53.

Thomas Ashton, 21.

 A telecommunications crew from Kleinknecht Electric. 

Salvatore Fiumefreddo, 45, 

Joseph Romagnolo, 37, 

Kenneth White, 50.

 On the 105th floor of the South Tower, Local 3 members 

James Cartier, 26.

Ralph Licciardi, 30.

Charles Lucania, 35.

 South Tower on the 90th floor, 

Jose “Joe” Martinez, 50.

Joseph DiPilato, 57. 

Steven Strauss, 51.

Michael Lowe, 48.

 A 17th member from Local 3, Anthony Segarra, died November 28, 2001, from injuries sustained in the attack that were later identified as the cause of death.

Please keep these 21 men and their families in your prayers today as well as the families of all the victims.

God Bless the IBEW and God Bless America. 

Labor Day Parade March!

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The New York City Central Labor Council (nycclc.org) is hosting their annual Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 7, 2019. If you will be attending the Labor Day Parade, please be at the Union Office by 9:30 AM EST.  

IBEW Local 1212 is located at 225 W. 34th Street, Suite 1120, New York, NY 10122. We will meet here and then walk over to our assigned start point which is West 44th street between 5th & 6th Avenue. 

We are scheduled to follow IBEW Local 3 at 10:15am and march up 5th Avenue listed under Sector 1. A pdf is listed here outlining the order for the line of march as well as a flier for the Parade. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office at 212-354-6770. We look forward to seeing you.



Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Brother Elliot Greenblatt. Elliot passed away April 19, 2019 at the age of 89. His career In broadcasting spanned more than half a century, during which time he served both the IBEW and CBS with honor and integrity. 
Throughout his 52 year tenure at CBS, he worked on numerous award winning shows for news, sports and entertainment. He was a stalwart support of Local 1212, serving on the Executive Board, as a Shop Steward and on negotiating committees. 
I am thankful to have known him and for his dedication to Local 1212. I will miss his friendship and his guidance.
Elliot is survived by his wife Lilly, his son Gregg, daughter Mara and four grandchildren.  
May God bless Elliot Greenblatt. He will be truly missed.

Ralph AviglianoBusiness Manager

**For those looking to pay respects to Elliott and his family. Information is provided below. 
Funeral Arrangements:
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019

Beth David Cemetery 300 Elmont RoadElmont, NY 11003

**Please arrive at the Cemetary Office at 10:30 am. 

**Shiva will follow the service at the home of Gregg Greenblatt49 Hollywood Dr. Plainview, N.Y. 11803

Tuesday until 9pm

Wednesday 1-5p, 7-9p

Thursday 2-5p, 7-9p


Prayers  with the Doyle’s today.

Beatrice Doyle – Mother to Executive Board Member and Shop Steward Philip Doyle and Grandmother to Brother Peter Doyle passed away at the age of 87. Please join us in paying respects.

For those wishing to attend the family’s arrangements for Beatrice. See below.


Viewing: Wednesday 12/19 at Castle Hill Funeral home, 1528 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10461 from 3 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm- 9 pm.

Mass is scheduled for the next day at Holy Family Church, 2158 Watson Ave, Bronx, NY 10472.

Rest In Peace Sister Doyle.


Brothers and Sisters,

It is with sadness that I report the news of the untimely passing of one of our Brothers- David Zarkower.

David was born Dec. 29, 1961 in Norwalk, C.T. to Bruno and Harriet Zarkower. David’s work spanned four decades in our business. He started out in 1985 with Madison Square Garden working NBA and NHL games. He was an EVS Operator working for CBS Sports since the mid 1990’s assisting on the NFL, NCAA and the US Open Tennis as well.

David was also self-employed earning a degree from NY Institute of Technology. Many members have already reached out showing support to David’s family. If you or anyone else wish to pay respects to David; the following services are set for tomorrow and through the weekend.

Funeral is Friday – September 28th, 2018.

Yorktown Funeral Home

945 East Main Street
Shrub Oak, NY  10588

9/28: 12:30pm

Shiva is Saturday – September 29th & Sunday – September 30th, 2018

307 Alpine Drive
Cortlandt Manor, NY

9/29: 6:00 – 8:30PM

9/30: 11:00AM – 2:00PM and 4:00PM – 7:00PM

If you would like to share memories of David, please visit:


David is survived by his wife Lisa, two sons Brenden and Alec, his father Bruno, sister Lori Seuch and brother Johnathon Zarkower.  Rest in peace, my Brother.


Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212

Dr. Joseph Flaherty

Television Icon of Innovation

On August 7, 2018 the television industry saw the passing of a true technology icon, Dr. Joseph A. Flaherty. Television viewers around the globe are still benefiting from the technology innovations of Joe Flaherty.

Dr. Flaherty received his degree in Physics from Rockhurst College, Kansas, City, Missouri, in 1952. During 1953-1954, he served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and in 1955 joined NBC in New York City as a Television Engineer.

In 1957, he joined CBS as a Television Design Engineer. In 1959, he became the Network’s Director of Technical Facilities Planning, and in 1967, he was promoted to General Manager, and subsequently appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Engineering and Development Department, a position he held for 23 years, and then CBS Senior Vice President of Technology.

In the 1970’s, Joe revolutionized the television news industry by changing the process by which news stories were captured. His foresight led to the replacement of 16 mm film to gather news, supplanting it with Electronic News Gathering (ENG), thereby eliminating the painstaking and time-consuming process of exposing the film negative, transporting the film to the station, developing the film and transferring the film to television. The development of ENG enabled TV viewers to experience the world’s events in real-time, rather than watching history unfold, thus eliminating the catch phrase, “film at 11 PM”.

In the early 1980’s, Joe began developing High Definition Television (HDTV). On February 7th, 1981, he demonstrated “Hi-Vision” or HDTV to the Hollywood production community at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer’s (SMPTE) annual technical conference.

First US showing of HDTV at the SMPTE technical conference -1981
Joseph Flaherty, Francis F. Coppola, Joseph Polansky, Takashi Fujio


This led to Joe’s appointment as the Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, which produced the United States present day Digital High Definition System. His efforts made the United States the first country in the world to convert to a digital HDTV system. Not satisfied with revolutionizing the television system in America, Joe became a Television Technology Ambassador to the world. Joe’s push for a worldwide HDTV program exchange standard at the United Nation’s technical arm, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), led to the rapid deployment of HDTV on a worldwide basis.

Joe also challenged and successfully convinced the Hollywood production community to replace 16 / 35 mm film, used for prime time television production, with HDTV electronic acquisition and postproduction. Today, all prime time television dramas and comedies are electronically captured and edited in HDTV.

Joe was an active author and lecturer, presenting over 188 published papers and lectures during his career. Joe’s technology leadership was not only acknowledged in America, but throughout the world by the presentation of numerous major Broadcasting awards and honors including:

Honorary Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE’s – highest award), and the SMPTE Progress Medal Award, David Sarnoff Gold Medal.

Four Technical Emmy Awards – the development of Electronic Newsgathering (ENG), development and installation of the first Digital Computer Automation System, Electronic Editing System of Film Capture, Vidifont electronic character generator.

Two Personal Life Time Achievement Emmy Awards – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Lifetime Achievements in Contributions to the Development and Improvement of the Science and Technology of Television”, and the “Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award” from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood.

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Engineering Award.

NAB’s “Award of Honor” for “Introducing High Definition Television to the World”.

“Giants of Broadcasting” award from the Library of American Broadcasting.

Broadcasting & Cable Magazine “Hall of Fame” Inductee.

Consumer Electronics Association “Hall of Fame” Inductee.

Two French Legion of Honors – Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by President Mitterand of the Republic of France and in l989 he was decorated as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and later promoted to the rank of Officer de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac.

Swiss Montreux Achievement Gold Medal for Electronic News Gathering.

Fellow of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).

Fellow of the Royal Television Society of the United Kingdom.

Fellow of the Chinese Institute of Electronics.

Honorary Member of the German engineering society Fernseh-Kinotechnischen Gesellschaft (FKTG).

Honorary Members of the Institute of Television Engineers of Japan.

International Vladimir Zworykin award for Technical Achievements in the field of Television from the Russian National Association of Television and Radio Broadcasters.

Dr. Joseph Flaherty’s lifetime of television innovation is unmatched in the television industry. His efforts have brought real-time global events into our living rooms and through the clarity of HDTV made the viewer feel “as if they were there”. If anyone is to be credited with creating the “Television Global Village”, it’s Joe Flaherty. Thank you Joe, for being a Television Technology Ambassador to the world.

Joe is survived by his wife Jan Flaherty, his sons Patrick, Daniel, Michael, Timothy, daughter Margaret and eight grandchildren.

PGA Championship 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is no secret to anyone who works in broadcasting that the industry is rapidly changing.  Often times these changes come at the expense of our membership, in the form of cutting back days or overtime hours.  It may impact one crew or department at different times, but eventually everyone will feel it.  The corporate culture is often unforgiving as to the real impact their decisions have on the livelihoods of their workers.  We are working to address these concerns with CBS Sports management and let them know our IBEW members’ concerns.

The first step in dealing with management is to always remind them we are all united, in solidarity, as one voice.  To do that, today at the PGA Championship, August 11th, our members are wearing a red shirt to work.  The sight of the entire IBEW workforce in red will send a loud message to management that we are united in our support of each other, and that the cutbacks and reductions will not be accepted quietly.


Ralph Avigliano
Business Manager
Local 1212, IBEW
225 West 34th Street, Suite 1120
New York, NY 10122

In Memoriam

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Joseph A. Flaherty. 

Joseph was more than an icon, he was a pioneer.  Joseph revolutionized television into the medium we see today amongst many other achievements throughout his professional career. 

On a personal note, it was my great privilege to know Dr. Joseph Flaherty, whom I will miss greatly. He has been both a mentor and a true inspiration in my life. 

May God bless Joseph Flaherty and his family as we mourn his loss. 

Ralph Avigliano 

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212


Dear Membership,

Earlier this week, IBEW Local 1212 relocated to a new space on the 11th floor of 225 West 34th Street. We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our phone system resulting in a delay with the phone ringing in our office. If you call the office, please allow the phone to ring several times.

We are also available via email. Feel free to email Business Representative Ryan O’Boyle @ ro@ibew1212.org or the Office Manager Donna Seniscalchi @ ds@ibew1212.org with any questions. You can also contact me at the email address ra@ibew1212.org

We are working to resolve this matter as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.


-Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212

In Memoriam

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Deron Castro. Deron is the younger Brother to Ben Castro, Sr. Ben serves as Assistant Business Manager at CBS. Our prayers are with the Castro family at this difficult time.
Funeral Arrangements are listed as followed.


Fairchild Funeral Chapel

1570 Northern Blvd.

Manhasset, New York


Wednesday August 1st

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Thursday August 2nd

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Funeral Mass

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215-35 38th Avenue

Bayside, New York

Friday August 3rd

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ralph Avigliano
Business Manager
IBEW Local 1212

In Memoriam

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with sad news that I inform the membership that Terry Leitz at the age of 71 died peacefully of natural causes while recovering from pneumonia on July 7, 2018. Terry’s hire date as a member of IBEW Local 1212 was November 1985. His work spanned four decades at CBS while working in the maintenance shop.

Terry’s roots began in New Orleans before leaving for New York. He worked as a broadcast engineer at WWL New Orleans. There he also served the title of Business Manager of IBEW Local 1139. Terry also had stops at NBC Burbank, WOR-TV, Reeves Teletape; and eventually CBS.

For those who knew Terry; he was described as a nice but quiet guy who was very knowledgeable in the field of Broadcast. He worked overnights for many years at CBS but managed to service this local with designing the Union’s website in the early 2000’s before handing it off to one of our current administrators. It should also be recognized and noted that Terry was a member of the Marine Corp and served in the Vietnam War.

Terry was survived by his wife, Lucille O’Brien Leitz; sister, Mary Ann, his children, Barbara Leitz Barnes and Robert Terrence Leitz; grandchildren, Blake Harris Barnes, Madison Barnes, Cameron Barnes, Robert Terrence (Beaux) Leitz, Jr. Lacey Leitz, Meghan Leitz McLeod and great grandchildren, Ayden Leitz, Rylee Leitz, McKenzie Leigh Leitz; as well as many others that knew and loved him.

Terry’s services were last week with a viewing and a Mass service. He is already missed, and our condolences go out to his family at this time. Thank you for serving our country and thank you for your time as a member of this local Brother Leitz. Rest in peace.



Business Manager – IBEW Local 1212

Ralph Avigliano

Election results

Election Results!!!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Election has been tabulated.  Please join me in congratulating the Executive Board and supporting them over the new term. 

It is with my deepest gratitude that I thank previous Board Members for their involvement with the well-being of IBEW Local 1212.  Your time, dedication and support are very much appreciated.

 I would like to thank the entire membership for supporting me as Business Manager.  I am proud and humbled to serve the membership of this great local.


Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager/Financial Secretary



President – Michael Naeder

Vice President – William Zizza

Recording Secretary – Perry Russell

Business Manager/Financial Secretary – Ralph Avigliano

Treasurer – Joseph Gerardi


Executive Board

Thomas Cassidy

Maria DeWitt

Phil Doyle

Frank Dulzaides

Dan Ham

Timothy Long

Joseph Palumbo

Richard Ross

Cheryl Thomas