Mary Landolfi has been elected the new prexy of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, the legit union responsible for the strike that shutdown Broadway for four days in 2003.
With 55% of the votes, Landolfi beat out incumbent David Lennon, whose leadership of the union had sparked controversy among the members and spawned the creation of new political party in the union, the Concerned Musicians Party, to contest the Lennon administration. Landolfi, now the first female prexy of a major AFM Local, was the head of that party.
New prexy said her aims include boosting the union’s political activism as well as improving relations with other entertainment unions. She will lead the union during the next round of Broadway negotiations, set for 2007.
A member of 802 for 35 years, Landolfi was principal flute of the New Jersey Symphony for 10 years, and in the American Ballet Theater for almost twenty. She served a stint as financial VP of the union, and also has been on the 802 exec board since 2001.