Floral Park 'Mayor' Fristachi Wins Con Edison's Highest Honor
When Robert Fristachi of Floral Park, Queens walks around his neighborhood, local residents call him the unofficial “mayor” for his countless years of community service.Â At Con Edison, he’s called a winner- for receiving the company’s highest honor, the “Living Our Values” award.
The Disco era was new in 1973 when Fristachi joined Con Edison as a checker in the office services/information processing department. Today he’s an electrical designer, creating detailed design construction drawings that support multiple key company projects from transmission switching stations to substations.
Described as a team player and acknowledged for creating quality work, Fristachi embraces his work and community service commitments with the same “can-do” attitude.
As a member of the national bone marrow donor network, Fristachi recently donated hisÂ marrow to a 17-year-old boy suffering from leukemia. Fristachi helped to organize a fundraiser to help this family with medical expenses. He also held another fundraiser to help a different family whose teenager had a similar medical need.
“Robert is an outstanding individual, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, both within and outside of our company,” said co-worker Frank Fonseca, a design engineering section manager at Con Edison.
In 2015, Fristachi was inducted into the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Hall of Fame (Queens/Brooklyn), celebrating 50 years of sports coaching. He started at his parish when he was just 13 years old.
The sports enthusiast (Go Mets and Jets!) volunteers for several events, among them the Special Olympics, Major League Baseball, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, serving as an official Super Bowl XLVIII greeter, and every weekend he volunteers as security at his parish gym.
Fristachi, hearing impaired since birth, is a founding member and former athletic director of the CYO program at the Our Lady of the Snows parish in Floral Park. There he won the Bishop Mugavero Award for his dedication and commitment to his parish community.
“He is truly an inspiration to all of us,” Fonseca said. “Once you know Bobby, you will never forget him.”
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $46 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas, and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.