Bernadette Castro

Bernadette Castro
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Personal details
Born(1944-07-10) July 10, 1944 (age 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Peter Guida
EducationUniversity of Florida (BA, MA)


Bernadette Castro (given birth to July 10, 1944, Manhattan, NY) is a businesswoman and ex – NY politician who all served in the Cupboard of former NY Governor George Pataki. She actually is the CEO of Castro Convertibles, a convertible home furniture company located in Locust Valley, NY. She actually is also somebody with her family members in Castro Properties. After earning her master’s degree on the School of Florida, Bernadette proved helpful in the advertising and promotions department of Castro Convertibles. While increasing her four kids, Bernadette worked available on a restricted basis and afterwards transferred into her function as the business CEO if they had been grown. In ’09 2009 Bernadette bought back again the Castro Convertibles home furniture business with her family members, relaunching the renowned brand with two all-new convertible ottomans created for contemporary living. Bernadette has 4 kids: Terri Keogh, David Austin, Jonathan Austin and Bernard Austin, aswell seeing that eight grandchildren.

Real estate

While Bernadette sold the home furniture division from the family's firm in 1993 to Krause Furniture, she retained ownership of the true property and remained mixed up in family’s commercial real estate industry with properties along the East Coast. Terri Keogh, Bernadette’s little girl, is certainly CEO of Castro Properties. Bernadette's kid Jonathan Austin can be in the family members real estate industry. Castro Properties' flagship house may be the Castro Building, which is situated in Manhattan's Flatiron Area at 43 Western 23rd Road. Bernard Castro, founder of Castro Convertibles, bought the house in 1972 and everything eight floors had been the well-known flagship showroom for Castro Convertibles.

New York State Parks Commissioner

In 1995, Bernadette was appointed Commissioner of the brand new York Workplace of Parks, Entertainment and Historic Preservation by Governor George E. Pataki, a cupboard post she kept for twelve years. During her tenure from 1995 to 2006, NY State conserved over one million acres of property through acquisition for condition parks and conservation easements. A lot of this is funded with a $1.75 billion environmental bond, that was certified in 1996.Among her many accomplishments as Commissioner, Bernadette caused Speaker Newt Gingrich as well as the Trust for Public Land in 1996 to obtain the 18,000 acre Sterling Forest property for $55 million. The house protects around 25% of New Jersey's normal water. Sterling Forest II, yet another 1,065 acres, was bought afterwards in Castro's term for $8 million. In 2001, Leader George W. Bush appointed Bernadette the Vice Seat from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.The next year, Bernadette and her agency brought america Open up Golf Tournament to Bethpage Condition Park, the very first time the Open up happened at a public course. Relative to the offer Castro struck with the united states Open up, the Golf Tournament came back to Bethpage Condition Park in '09 2009.In 2003, the Country wide Recreation and Recreation area Association awarded NY Condition Parks, the Country wide Silver Medal, designating them as the country's best state parks system. Also in 2003, the company was recognized because of its extensive efforts to save lots of Governor's Isle in NEW YORK which was moved from the government back again to the folks of New York.

United States Senate run

In 1994, Bernadette made a decision to pursue her passion for politics, working for the U.S. Senate and earning 42% from the votes against four-term Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

1994 NYS Republican ticket

Governor: George Pataki Lieutenant Governor: Elizabeth McCaughey Comptroller: Herbert London Lawyer General: Dennis Vacco U.S. Senate: Bernadette Castro


Bernadette continues to be honored with several awards on her behalf function in conservation, parks, business in like the Life time Achievement Award in the Advancement of Business, Market and Technology (ACIT) in '09 2009, the Life time Achievement Honor from Long Isle Business Information in 2008, the Services Award for Property and Drinking water Conservation Fund from your Country wide Park Services in 2006, the Governor’s Parks & Preservation Honor, offered by Governor George Pataki in 2005, the ladies in Conservation Honor from the Country wide Audubon Culture in 2005, the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for Conservation from THE ANNALS Route in 2003, the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Honor, from your American Academy for Recreation area and Entertainment Administration in colaboration with The Country wide Park Basis in 2002, the Theodore Roosevelt Legacy of Conservation Honor in 2001, the Ellis Isle Medal of Honor in 1999, aswell to be inducted in to the Long Isle Hall of Popularity in 1990.

Community and charity work

Bernadette gives her support to several community companies and charitable causes. Bernadette works as fundraising auctioneer for lots organizations, aswell as the Expert of Ceremonies for NY Presbyterian Medical center. Bernadette also lends her support to companies such as for example Tomorrow's Hope Basis, The INN (Interfaith Nourishment Network), the Ocala Royal Dames for Tumor Research as well as the Telecare Catholic Television Network. Bernadette is definitely a member from the Advisory Panel of Volunteers for Animals and an associate from the Advisory Panel of THE BRAND NEW York Landmarks Conservancy.

Early life

Bernadette became associated with the Castro Convertibles business in an extremely early age. Like a 4-year-old kid, Castro starred in the brand's iconic tv advertisements that went over 40,000 occasions, generating her the variation of being probably the most televised kid in the us. With these advertisements, and following parodies from the advertisements on shows like the Tonight Display Starring Johnny Carson, The Jackie Gleason Display, and Milton Berle's Texaco Celebrity Theater, Bernadette catapulted her dad Bernard's innovative convertible sofa to national popularity by illustrating the way the convertibles had been "Very easy to open up, even a kid can get it done!" At age twelve, Bernadette starred in the 1st live, color tv commercial.

Singing career

Bernadette recorded many singles in the 1960s for Columbia Photos' saving subsidiary Colpix Information, including a woman group-style record which strike the national graphs, "His Lips Block the way." Bernadette's singles have already been compared to best girls sets of the period just like the Shangri-Las as well as the Ronettes. She released extra singles on Colpix including "A WOMAN In Like Forgives" and "SPORTS VEHICLE Sally," well-liked by many woman group collectors because of its hot-rod theme.


Bernadette graduated from your University or college of Florida having a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She consequently gained a master's level in educational administration from your same organization and became the 1st woman ever to get the University's College of Journalism Recognized Alumnus. Castro keeps honorary levels from the next organizations: St. Joseph’s University – Honorary Doctor of Legislation (1993); Dowling University – Honorary Doctor of Legislation (1996) and Daemon University – Honorary Doctor of Humane Characters (2001).