Biography 2004




A lifelong New Yorker, Richard was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. His parents moved there in 1945 and he was educated in the Mount Vernon public schools and was graduated from A.B. Davis High School. After high school he graduated from Boston University with a BA in American History.


After spending a year on Wall Street as a research analyst with Bache & Co., he joined a manufacturing and importing firm, where over the next twenty-five years he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After the sale of that business Richard entered into the financial services field with Metropolitan Life and is now a Registered Representative with the Signator Distributors, Inc. and an agent with the Acorn Financial Services which is affiliated with John Hancock Life Insurance Company of Boston, Ma.Today his main field of interest is long-term care insurance, along with life and disability insurance and their connection to asset protection along with estate planning.


 After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, that involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, Richard has been involved with numerous civic and social causes. He has chaired a local public policy group, White Plains Foremost, has been president of the Prospect Park Neighborhood Association of White Plains, NY, and was Chairperson of Project 2000, a group devoted to creating a school of the performing arts and world-class theater in Mount Vernon. He currently serves as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program” and its new Public Policy Issues Forum.  He is a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Richard recently served on a select committee of the board in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Commissioner to choose the group that is currently evaluating the Town’s parks and recreation needs. Richard has lectured on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups. Richard also is the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judges and grants annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who submit essays on public policy themes. In this past year Richard chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with Mayor Ernest Davis, County Legislator Clinton Young and Lawrence Spruill, the new Mount Vernon High School Principal. Richard has been a member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and is a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes effort to eliminate birth defects. Our annual dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. Richard is currently an active member of the Roosevelt Institute that is involved in many pursuits including the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation that supports leadership training for young women.


Richard lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Linda of 34 years. They have two grown children who have graduated from White Plains High School. Their daughter Dana is a Rutgers College graduate, with a MS from Boston University and their son Jon is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University.





Richard J. Garfunkel




Recent Appearances:

KTI Synagogue, Rye Brook, NY- Long Term Care & Estate Conservation-

Anshe Shalom Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY- Long Term Care-

American Legion Post, Valhalla, NY- Long Term Care and Asset Protection-

Doyle Senior Ctr, New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care and Asset Protection-

AME Methodist Ministers, New Rochelle, NY, LTC and Charitable Giving-

Profession Women in Construction, Elmsford, NY, LTC and Business Benefits-

Kol Ami Synagogue- White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Disability –

Beth El Men's Club-New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care-Is it Necessary-

Greater NY Dental Meeting Javits Ctr, NY, NY- LTC and Disability-

IBEW Local #3 , White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Asset Protection,

Health Fair -Bethel Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY-LTC and Disability,

Heath Fair- Riverdale Mens Club CSAIR- Riverdale, NY- LTC- Life

Weight Watchers of Westchester and the Bronx-LTC and Tax Implications

Sunrise Assisted Living of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, NY-LTC

Sprain Brook Manor of Scarsdale-LTC- November 15, 2001

Sunrise Assisted Living of Stamford, Connecticut, February 2002

Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, February, 2002

The Old Guard Society of White Plains, NY, April, 2002

The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY August, 2002

Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, October, 2002

JCC of Scarsdale, Scarsdale, NY, November, 2002

The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY, January, 2003

The Rotary Club of White Plains, NY January, 2003

The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla ,NY  April, 2003

Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY January ,2004

Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, NY March 2004





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