March 6, 2014 | Advancement, Student Feature
Continuing students Daniel Malvey and Raul Ramirez served as excellent ambassadors for Guttman Community College at a fundraiser for the New York’s Police Athletic League (PAL) on February 26, 2012. Accompanying Dr. Larian Angelo, Vice President for Administration and Finance, and Dr. Kathleen Sullivan Alioto, Consulting Vice President for Development, they met New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, retired Police Commissioner Robert McGuire and noted New York executive and philanthropist John A. Catsimatidis.
Attending the PAL event enabled the two Guttman students to learn about the PAL’s programs benefitting the city’s children and young adults and the many career opportunities available in law enforcement. When Daniel Malvey informed Mr. Catsimatides that he wanted to become a policeman, Mr. Catsimatides introduced him to two members of the FBI who urged Daniel to earn a good grade point average and apply for an internship in his junior year in college. The FBI anticipates hiring 2,000 people over the next two years.
Mr. Catisimatides was helpful to the Guttman students because of his own background. He came to the United States from Greece with his parents when he was six months old and grew up in West Harlem. While studying electrical engineering at New York University, he worked in a small supermarket on 137th Street owned jointly by a good friend and his uncle. Tony eventually sold his half of the store to Mr. Catsimatidis.
Today, John A. Catisimatides is the owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes Foods, the largest grocery chain in Manhattan, and the Red Apple Group, a real estate company with approximately $700 million in holdings. Additionally, Catsimatidis owns the Hellenic Times, a Greek-American newspaper based in Manhattan, and is the Chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group subsidiary United Refining Company. He was a Republican mayoral primary candidate in the 2013 New York City primary mayoral election.
“Student representatives Daniel Malvey and Raul Ramirez did an excellent job in widening civic understanding about the excellence of Guttman,” noted Dr. Alioto.
About the Police Athletic League:
The Police Athletic League (PAL) is New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization that operates head start/day care, after-school, evening teen, summer day camp, youth employment, truancy prevention, juvenile justice and re-entry, city-wide sports, play streets and part-time centers, food service, and adventure learning programs for pre-school kids, children and adolescents ages 3 to 19. Now in its 100th year of service, PAL is continuing its evolution and remaining a vibrant and vital NYC institution.