Fred Camillo `96, MAT `02
What being a Manhattanville Alumnus means to me…
While I obtained two degrees from Manhattanville College, it is my bachelor of arts of degree that I received in 1996 that I am most proud of. Manhattanville's reputation as an outstanding liberal arts college, and its mission is to "educate students to become ethically and socially responsible leaders for the global community", is a source of pride and inspiration to me. I also believe the portfolio program helped me immensely as I was a non-traditional, full time student juggling a full-time job as a small business owner, a member of my local legislature, and in need of the guidance it provided to me.
Manhattanville College, with its beautiful setting in hilly Westchester County, is the perfect choice for anyone looking to gain a first class education, prepare for a career in leadership, and learn the values of good citizenship. I am proud to call Manhattanville College my alma mater, and of the legacy it has left for so many.
After two decades as a small business owner, 15 years as a civic volunteer, including athletics, local government, and recycling program initiations, one year as a high school History teacher, and several years in local banking, I ran for the Connecticut General Assembly in 2008. I am now finishing my third term and about to embark on a re-election campaign for a fourth term.
I have written, introduced, and helped gain passage of laws dealing with public safety, recycling, animal welfare, commerce, and consumer protection. One law, the Volunteer Protection and Indemnity Act, gives Connecticut arguably the strongest volunteer protection law in the country.
In 2011, Fred received the Legislative Award from the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. In 2013, he was named to the State Distracted Driving Prevention Task Force due to a bill he helped write and introduce on distracted driving. And, in 2014, Fred was honored with the first annual Chief's Award from the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol for writing and introducing the Volunteer Protection and Indemnification Act; a law that gives fire policeman the ability to issue citations for failure to obey their traffic commands at fire and accident scenes.
At Reunion 2012, Fred returned to Campus as one of our “Careers in Politics” panelists. Fred, along with the other alumni panelists spoke of how Manhattanville inspired their careers in public service.
We wish Fred the best of luck as he embarks upon his re-election campaign for his fourth term!