Michael Romita is the proud grandson of Italian immigrants. His grandfather, having no formal education and few prospects, started a small coal delivery business that eventually grew to become Harrison-based Castle Oil Corporation, one of the largest privately held companies in New York State. Michael was raised in Westchester with those same character traits his grandfather brought to America – that there is no substitute for hard work, that you can’t put a price on your reputation and that service comes before self.
After law school Michael took a job with the U.S. Department of Justice so he could litigate major environmental cases against big corporate polluters on behalf of the United States. Following a distinguished term as a federal litigator, Michael moved to Harrison to work in the family business. As Castle’s Executive Vice President, he ran corporate strategy and company-wide operations — supervising hundreds of employees and generating greater than $700 million in annual revenue. Culminating with Castle’s sale to a public company in 2014, Michael helped his family realize their version of the American Dream.
Michael is currently a Partner at Mercury Strategies, a small public policy firm, and a founder of Ranger Asset Management, a commercial real estate investment company. He has been active in the community for decades, serving on the boards of numerous trade groups, union pension and retirement funds, and other non-profits. He is a past board member of the Westchester County Department of Parks and Recreation, has been honored with the Westchester Parks Foundation’s “Best Green Friend” award, and is a recent member of the County Executive’s transition team, where he co-chaired the Committee on Economic Development.
Harrison faces numerous challenges. These include a heavy tax burden, managing smart development, neighborhood revitalization, keeping our children safe, and just plain good governance. Michael is running for Town Board because he believes we need to face these challenges with honesty, accountability, and mutual respect.
Michael went to college at Tufts, law school at the University of Michigan and earned a Masters from the London School of Economics. He lives in downtown Harrison with his wife Melissa and their daughter, who is now a teenager but still talks to them anyway.