Joe is a real estate broker and investor. He is a former wall street executive, having extensive experience in mortgage finance and trading as well as other investment banking activities.
In December 2012, in response to Super Storm Sandy, Joe helped organize the Oakwood Beach Buyout Committee for the purposes of pursuing a State-run buyout of his storm-ravaged community. Joe worked closely with the Governor’s office and just four months later, against all odds, Governor Cuomo, in his announcement of his State buyout plan, identified Oakwood Beach as the community chosen to start the program. Since then, Joe successfully advocated for other Staten Island communities (Ocean Breeze, Oakwood Beach II, and Graham Beach) to participate in the program.
Joe’s roots go deep in Staten Island. Joe’s family owned and operated Tirone’s Family Shoe Store, serving the Staten Island Community from its location in Port Richmond for 62 years. During most of this time, Tirone’s was the “rite of passage” every September for thousands of parochial school children, as they were fit for their uniform shoes. Joe’s grandfather actually started the business as a shoemaker from the same location, over 100 years ago.
Joe is a board member of the Staten Island Board of Realtors and as recognition for his community outreach in response to Superstorm Sandy, he was awarded their prestigious 2013 Community Service Award. In addition, the Staten Island Advance chose Joe as one of the top ten most influential people on Staten Island in 2013. He is also a board member for NYSAR. and co-chairs the SIBOR Legislative Committee.
Joe was a founding board member of Zone A NY, a non-profit organization whose charter was to assist with Sandy affected homeowners in understanding and applying for State and City assistance programs. He also currently serves as a board member for the St. Teresa Holy Name Society, whose membership has grown to the largest on Staten Island during his tenure.
Outside of Staten Island, in 2002, Joe helped organize a unique fundraising event for the Travis Roy Foundation. This annual "wiffle ball" tournament takes place in Jericho, Vermont, at miniature field replicas of Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) and Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs). Twenty-eight teams compete over a weekend-long tournament, raising money for spinal cord injury survivors and research. This year, the tournament raised over $600,000, bringing the total since inception to close to $3 million. Joe not only serves as an advisor for the event, but in 2011, and again in 2014, his team "The Staten Island Wiffle Yanks" won this very competitive tournament.