Dear Leaders, Neighbors, Friends, and Family,

We share with profound sadness that our former Chief Executive Officer Dominick J. Brancato passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on May 21st, 2020.

Dominick served as NYCID Executive Director and then as the Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2020 and in his thirty years of service, he helped NYCID grow exponentially.

Dominick was a man of service always giving to his family, friends, community, and his work.  He lived a life that demands notice, unwavering in his beliefs and exemplified in his honesty and trust. He inspired people to do good and spread kindness and always looked to pave the way for others to grow.  He did his all without needing thanks as this was his calling.  Dominick was passionate about his work and this translated to everyone he worked with.

Dominick was a doer: a long-time member of the North Shore Rotary Club; a founding member of the Black-Korean Mediation Project; a member of the City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium; a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce; a member of the I Am Staten Island Coalition; a member of the Vision for Staten Island Steering Committee; a member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution; served on the Board of Managers of YMCA of Greater New York Camping Services; and served as a member of the Staten Island Borough President’s Anti-Bias Task Force.

Among many of Dominick’s achievements, he received the Louis Miller Leadership Award by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award from NYC Council Member Michael McMahon for his work in improving and strengthening diverse communities on Staten Island.

Yesterday, NYCID was set to honor Dom at our 50th Year Jubilee. He was to be the sole honoree because we could not have made it this far without him. Dominick’s legacy will live on in every action NYCID takes as an organization.

In this moment, we are sending light and love to his dear family and we will forever hold them close.

We will all miss this rare, positive, friendly, and charming man.

We love you, Dom.


Candace Gonzalez

Chief Executive Officer