The Norman Seabrook era at the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association has slammed shut.
Benny Boscio, a 21-year CO and the union’s sergeant-at-arms, trounced two candidates—including the incumbent president and longtime close ally of Mr. Seabrook, Elias Husamudeen—in union elections and will take the helm of the roughly 9,000-member union July 1.
Mr. Boscio garnered 2,287 votes to First Citywide Trustee Albert Craig’s 971 and Mr. Husamudeen’s 815, according to election numbers released Saturday evening.
The lopsided tally and Mr. Husamudeen’s last-place showing indicated that he was dogged by his affiliation with Mr. Seabrook, the 21-year head of the union who was convicted on Federal corruption charges for taking a $60,000 bribe in return for investing $20 million of COBA money in a hedge fund that later filed for bankruptcy. Mr. Husamudeen, as vice-president under Mr. Seabrook, succeeded him and served an entire term.
He was also bedeviled by a contract brouhaha earlier this year, with rank-and-file members rejected an initial deal in March before approving it by a substantial margin June 1.
Mr. Boscio became a COBA delegate in 2005 and joined the union’s executive board in 2010.
In a message posted on Facebook, he thanked Mr. Husamudeen “as well as the former executive board.”
He said he would solicit Mr. Craig’s input “and that of so many of my other brother and sister officers.”
His biggest challenge may be to prevent—or minimize—layoffs, given both the planned closing of the Rikers Island jails and the city’s fiscal shortfall.