Bob Capano is the Chairman of the Brooklyn Reform Party and authors the bi-weekly “Right View” column in the Brooklyn Courier-Life newspapers. He has lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for almost his entire life, with an impressive record of community service.
Bob has a Master of Arts degree in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY New Paltz.
He attended P.S. 185, P.S. 104, and St. Patrick’s in Bay Ridge, and graduated from Xaverian High School.
Bob has worked as a senior aide to Brooklyn’s top Democrat and Republican elected officials, including former Borough Presidents Marty Markowitz and Howard Golden, and Congressman Bob Turner. He has always been focused on getting results for Brooklyn residents, not partisan politics.
Bob Capano knows government, but also knows what it’s like to earn a living in the real world. Currently, Bob manages a business and has been an Adjunct Political Science Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the past 12 years. He also was a high school English and Social Studies teacher at St. Edmund’s High School in Brooklyn and a regional sales representative for a beverage company.
Bob has a long history of working with community organizations and civic leaders to develop solutions for addressing community issues and concerns. Noteworthy examples include protecting the Brooklyn Veteran’s Hospital and Fort Hamilton Army Base from closure; coordinating efforts to restore the Shore Parkway Promenade on the Brooklyn waterfront; securing needed improvements to subway stations in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst; and fostering partnerships between the National Parks Service and local communities.
Bob, who is married, learned about hard work from his late father, a retired Bay Ridge Sanitation worker, who was also a neighborhood building superintendent and drove a school bus to support his family. His father died from a sudden heart attack at age 49, leaving behind Bob, his mom, and younger sister and brother.
Here’s a list of some of Bob’s background in local civic and community activities:
- He is a former President of the 68th precinct Youth Council, which serves over 1,100 children with recreational baseball and soccer programs in southwest Brooklyn. Bob also managed his own baseball teams with the league for several years.
- He chaired the Civic Affairs committee of the Bay Ridge Community Council.
- Bob served as Vice President of the Bay Ridge Consumer Federation.
- He was a member of the 68th Precinct Community Council.
- Bob received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison for his support “of service members and family members at Fort Hamilton”; the Sons of the Covenant Award from B’nai B’rith Brighton-Atlantic Unit “for deep commitment to the betterment of communal life- social, political, educational, cultural and environmental”; and a Certificate of Appreciation from Community Board 10 for his service to the neighborhood.