In his last year of college at Pace University in downtown Manhattan, Giordano got an urge to be involved with his community, he said. He became a member of the Onderdonk Civic Association in north Ridgewood, and was chosen to serve on the community board on behalf of the group.
In 1981, Giordano joined Community Board 5, where he chaired the Youth and Health committees in the 1980s. At the time, he was also treasurer and then executive director for the Great Ridgewood Youth Council.
Giordano then became the district manager for Community Board 5, which serves Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and Liberty Park, in 1989.
"I was the last applicant for the position and there were board members who were pushing me to apply," Giordano said. "I was trying to get a lot of work done at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council and I probably would've never applied if a number of community members didn't ask me to and keep after me about it."
Giordano said he is proud of the accomplishments the community board made since he assumed the district manager position.
"It's certainly very rewarding when you can get things accomplished in the community," he said. "I think because of the team effort between the community board members and staff, we've gotten a lot accomplished in the last 20 years."
Their accomplishments help make the community a safer and more beautiful place, he said. They include cleaning up problem street corners and bars, improving local parks, and getting eco-friendly public transit vehicles.
In addition, "We have been very big advocates for street tree planting," Giordano said, "which I consider to be very important for the sake of reducing air pollution and beautifying the neighborhood."
One other big project Giordano said the community board will undertake is improving sewer lines in the community, some of which were built 80 years ago.
"We need to get the Department of Environmental Protection to replace the sewer lines expeditiously where there's a break or a collapse," he said. " in the last five years there's been a lot of development in many areas of Queens so there's more demand from the sewer system."