Elizabeth Castro is the 2nd Vice President of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, currently overseeing RMSC and Death Benefits. Ms. Castro is the highest-ranking Latina union official in the field of law enforcement for both the City as well as the State of New York and a 28 year veteran of the New York City Department of Correction. Making history as the very first Latina to ever hold a position on the COBA Executive Board, she is known for her focus, support of her members and also known for setting a standard within the field of Corrections.
Ms. Castro was Elected to the position of Financial Secretary in 1995 prior to her assignment as the 3rd Vice President of the COBA. Liz played a very crucial role with the implementation of the Widows’ and Children’s Fund in 1996 after realizing and understanding that although an officer has passed, their family is still a part of the COBA family. Although COBA can never replace the loss of a loved one, she hoped that this fund would assist the families during times when it is most needed.
The 2nd Vice President also plays a part in assisting Correction Officers with HMD issues and medical separations. She has assisted numerous Correction Officers with HMD cases by preparing them and notifying them of their rights as a member under this association. She ensures that officers are educated and are equipped with the knowledge, guidance and support to protect themselves from possible biased assessments of their injuries from the Department. She acts as a strong force within this union, to ensure that the Department of Correction does not down play an officer’s injury and assists on getting her members back to work when they are fully able to resume their duties.