David Kraut, appointed by the Governor, is currently retired. From June 1974 until retirement, I was the sole proprietor/owner of a communications services company, delivering programs to a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses, local governments and grass-roots citizens' organizations. Specialized in full line of communications programs, from inception through needs analysis and development of issues, to selection of appropriate media, program development, writing, production and dissemination. Duties included development of program budgets, tracking expenditures and seeking ways of reducing production costs.
Typical projects included Film, Video and Live Presentations, including speeches for corporate executives ( public and private audiences), Special Events coordination, sales and marketing seminars, public affairs and marketing campaigns, employee communications and training, and film and video production. In 1989 I received a Telly Award for Excellence in Corporate Communications.
From 1971 to 1974 I was Supervisor of Special Promotions for the Armstrong Cork Company, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania: I worked with a 6-person communications department and supervised a number of adjunct staff, developing and producing up to seven major sales meetings and special events per year. Duties included definition of issues, selection of media, budgeting, creative and production.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Speech/Communications in 1971. I am a Vietnam Era veteran, and a widower with two grown children.
In my community life on Roosevelt Island I have served since 1994 as a member of the Board of Directors of RIOC, having been appointed by former Governor Mario Cuomo. I was formerly Chair of the Public Purpose Funds Advisory Committee, currently chair the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee, and serve on the Operations Committee.
I should mention that in my time of service to RIOC I have worked with 4 New York State Governors, 7 Commissioners of DHCR, 9 Presidents or Acting Presidents of RIOC, 4 Directors of Public Safety, 3 Vice Presidents for Operations, countless Board Members, and am senior to virtually every salaried employee or staff of RIOC. I know this corporation very well. I should mention also during this time I have seen 6 RIRA presidents, one of whom was me.
Prior to my Board service I was President of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association from 1992 to 1994, and a member of the RIRA Common Council for two years prior to that.
From 1987 to 1990 I served on the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Island Youth Program. I worked with the Eastwood Building Committee from 1985 to 1992, involved in communication programs of various kinds. From 1981 to 1986 I served on the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Island Little League, serving as Player Agent, and in 1984 served on the PS/IS 217 Principal Selection Committee. Also from 1985-1992 I was a reporter for the Main Street "Wire", our local community newspaper.