April 2002

Member Richard Scortino was born in 1946 and raised in Brooklyn. He attended Lafayette High School and graduated in 1962. He also attended Suffolk Community College attaining an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. Richie served in the U.S. Army as an auto mechanic and attained the rank of E-5. He spent 13 months of combat duty in the Republic of South Vietnam from 1963 to 1964 with the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Richie has been married to his wife, Rosalie, since 1965 and currently lives in Lake Grove, NY. He has 3 children, Lisa Ann, Laura and Anthony. They also have 3 grandchildren, Pagie, 3 ½, Robert, 2 ½, and Carla, 1 month.

As the Equipment Supervisor for New York Racing Association Richie is responsible for the daily supervision of the equipment at 3 racetracks at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga Race Tracks. His fleet is comprised of 500 plus pieces of equipment including farm tractors, water trucks, turf equipment, horse and human ambulances, payloaders and backhoes. Under his supervision are 17 mechanics that perform the maintenance and modification of the specialized racetrack equipment. Other duties include the supervision of the security vehicles, building maintenance and the cleaning of all the equipment. Richie also oversees the operation of the trucks and trailers used in horse transportation. During the months of July and August when the race schedule moves to Saratoga, Richie must relocate to Saratoga to supervise the equipment there. Richie has been with NYRA since 1979. Prior to joining NYRA, Richie was the fleet supervisor at Bethpage State Park's Park Police.

During his off time, Richie enjoys saltwater fishing and boating on his 16 ft. Keywest. Old car restoration is another passion of his and he maintains a 1958 GMC pick up and a 1970 Mercedes Benz. He also coaches high school ice hockey and soccer at St. Anthony's and at the local Boy's Club.

Richie has been an active Member of the Society since 1998.



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