Rocco Sidari, third from right, worked he worked as an apprentice carpenter and graduated with journeyman status. From 1953 to 1979, Sidari was a leader in the Carpenters Union. From 1979 to 1986, he was the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New York State Council of Carpenters, a group with approximately 55,000 members. Rocco also acted many times as chairman of the negotiating committees for the Local Union, District Council and State Council. Sidari also was active in the Democratic Party locally for 40 years.