Jacob Riis Houses
A member since 2003, Mr. Cardinale has recently become an official shop steward. He doesn’t like “injustices on the job” and believes that as a shop steward, he can provide a voice for other members. He describes the union as a family where members show loyalty and respect to each other and watch out for each other. A “family guy”, Frank and his wife take care of her mother, age 91. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and custom cars.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.