“When you gamble with safety, 

you bet your life.”

Angel Castro

Manhattan Borough Trustee

Angel Castro

Manhattan Borough Trustee

Angel began his career in 1997 as a Correction Officer at OBCC and for 17 years he served this location. During his first assignment, he immediately took the reins of one of the toughest units known to Riker’s Island, the Central Punitive Segregation Unit also known as the “Bing.” At the time he was brought on, it had just undergone a mass expansion to house up to 400 inmates.  It was here where he learned the importance of teamwork. Angel is a firm believer that “with the unity of your fellow officers, you can face anything.”

During Angel’s tenure he also had the honor to work with the Ceremonial Unit and Search Team where he was fully committed to embodying the spirit of a true Correction Officer and leader. As a 19 year veteran, his various roles help to prepare Angel for his role with COBA. Working in an environment that requires constant intermediation, you become adept at report writing, understanding rules and regulations. Angel used this firsthand experience to help guide other officers along the way.

It wasn’t until 2008, where Angel was first elected as a Delegate. He was honored to serve again after being reelected for a second term in 2012. This position was subsequently followed by his appointment as the head of the Rapid Response Delegates in 2013. It was also at this time he was transferred to work at the Chief Security/OSIU.  

In January 2015 Angel was appointed to the Executive Board of Trustees as the At Large delegate. In December 2015, he was appointed to his most recent position and currently serves as Manhattan Borough Trustee. In this role, Angel oversees RNDC, MDC, TRANS and ESH. He also acts as an OATH representative and Liaison to Board of Corrections.