O&R Makes North Rockland High School Student's Baseball Dream Come True

What do a North Rockland High School sophomore and a retired major league baseball catcher and popular sportscaster who met for the first time in mid-May at Yankee Stadium have in common?

They both grew up in Rockland.

That was just one of the thrills the evening of May 17 held for Nicholas Galetta.

That’s when the 16-year-old Yankees fan and his family were guests of O&R at Con Edison’s 52nd annual Yankees Kids Night at Yankee Stadium. Each year for 52 years, Con Edison has treated deserving youngsters from each of its service regions to free admission to a game in the Bronx.

The group’s Yankee host that memorable evening was popular YES broadcaster and retired Yankees catcher John Flaherty. One of the first things Flaherty asked Nicholas when they met at the ballpark was where he grew up. Nicholas said Stony Point, Flaherty replied West Nyack, and the Rockland boys forged a bond.

Nicholas, a sophomore at North Rockland High School in Thiells, trip to the Yankees’ Kids game was sponsored by Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a Con Edison subsidiary. O&R was the electric and gas utility that lit the nights and warmed the winters for both Nicholas and Flaherty growing up.

Nicholas joined the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Candidate Corps (NJROTC) chapter in North Rockland in 2017 and has used the experience as an opportunity to help others. His community service work has included providing meals to families at St. Paul’s Food Pantry in Valley Cottage, donating his time to the Toys for Tots campaign and assisting local elementary school teachers and students with physical education activities.

In addition, Nicholas continually supports his fellow students and NJROTC members, voluntarily dedicating his free time to preparing freshmen for drill competition and making himself available to serve on the color guard anytime he is needed. He also works as a counselor at the Minisceongo Yacht Club Youth Sailing program, mentoring young campers about sailing and teaching them how to work as a team.

Con Edison Yankees Kids must demonstrate the values of service, honesty, concern, courtesy, excellence and teamwork. They must have a grade average of “B” or better, show strong leadership and sportsmanship skills and serve as a role model for their peers.

After a tour of the awesome ballpark with other Yankees Kids, Nicholas enjoyed all the hot dogs and popcorn he could eat and settled in to watch the game from a luxury skybox with his family.

To round out an exciting evening, the game’s final score was the Yankees 4 and the Tampa Bay Rays 3, making the night an even bigger hit with Nicholas Galetta.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies. O&R is a regulated utility that provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company), and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.