BILLY HARNERDirector of Communications
PH: 718 - 382 - 2610
Billy worked as an intern with the Brooklyn Cyclones from 2001-2005 before taking the position of Media Relations Manager with the State College Spikes in University Park, PA for their inaugural season in 2006. Following the 2007 season, the Bay Ridge native returned to his Big Apple roots by joining the New York Mets as a Media Relations Coordinator. After three seasons in Flushing, the 35-year-old returned to the County of Kings as the Director of Communications in January 2011.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Billy graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan where he played basketball and baseball before taking his talents to Philadelphia and St. Josephs University. While at the REAL SJU, the Hawks were ranked # 1 in the nation before losing in the Elite Eight to Oklahoma State University thanks to a buzzer beater from John Lucas, III. That one play has caused Billy to develop an unnatural hatred for the state of Oklahoma, Cowboys and the number three.
Billy currently lives in Wantagh, Long Island with his wife Kathryn and their two sons: Billy and Johnny. He spends his free time sitting in traffic on the Belt Parkway and Southern State Parkway and enjoys going to Orange Theory Fitness.
I was obsessed with He-Man and ThunderCats when I was a little kid. But as I matured, so did my taste in cartoons, so if Im being completely honest Scooby Doo is probably my favorite. If Im flipping through the channels and happen to stumble across an episode, Ill stop and watch it for a bit.
As a life-long Mets fan, my favorite players of all time would have to be Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez and David Wright. HOWEVER, when I was in eighth grade I did a history fair project about Roberto Clemente, and I enjoyed researching, writing and learning about him so much, I decided that when I grew up I wanted to work in sports. So now, here I am. Ive worked in baseball since I was 18 years old, so because he got this whole thing started for me, I have a special place in my heart for Roberto Clemente.
I love April. The weather starts to warm up, the NCAA Final Four takes place, baseball season is in full swing, the NFL schedule comes out, its my birthday month, its my wifes birthday lots of good things.
Kit Kat, Pretzel M&Ms, and frozen Snickers.
When I was trying to decide what I was going to be when I grew up (you know, when I was like 21) my father told me to choose a career in a field that I was passionate about and not worry about the financial aspect of life. He told me that if you choose a job that you are excited to go to every day, inevitably you do good work and the success follows. I listened, chose to get into sports, and I feel like I haven't worked a day in my life.
My father, Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Seinfeld.
I would have loved to have been at The Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid. I dont consider myself to be a HUGE hockey fan, but that game transcended sports. It was a cultural event, not a sporting event. To be surrounded by that many people, all cheering for a country, not for just a team. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
Dr. Martin Van Nostrand. (Seinfeld reference anyone?)
I would do a food tour of my favorite places to eat in Brooklyn. Id get cheese fries from Roll NRoaster, an M&Ms Favorite Hero from Mejlander & Mulgannon Deli in Bay Ridge, and a slice of pizza from Pizza Wagon. Dont judge me. If Im gonna die, I dont need to worry about calories.
I was lucky enough to go to the Super Bowl in 2012 when the Giants beat the Patriots for the second time. I was able to watch the Giants win, had a couple of adult beverages, hung out with some friends. Whats not to love? Oh, and in case my wife reads this, forget everything I just said, I would relive my wedding day.
Ill take choice C all of the above. I firmly believe in ghosts, big foot, loch ness monster...all of it. If youve got a blurry photo of something, and sketchy evidence, Im buying what youre selling.
Phil Dunphy from "Modern Family." He's a good dad, successful career, funny guy, beautiful wife, great kids...sounds like a nice life to me.
The Waze GPS app. I know every nook, cranny and short cut in Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County so that I can find a way to get around traffic.
The New York Mets, the New York Giants, the New York Rangers, Notre Dame Football, Duke Blue Devils and St. Josephs University Basketball.
Shore Road in Bay Ridge. I grew up in that neighborhood so I used to go to the park and play basketball with my dad there, my little league fields were on Shore Road, I learned to ride a bike on Shore Road, and when I needed a place to go and just relax, Id find a park bench and just take in the scenery.
Cookies and Cream from Haagen Dazs.
Starting Lineup figures. I still have most of them. I use them as decorations in my office and my Man Cave at my house.
Well, my mom, sister and wife are all teachers so I need to cover my tracks by saying them. But my favorite teacher as a student was Mr. Specht. He was my teacher in junior high school. He helped me grow as a student, but also as a person. He was also instrumental in helping me see that I could use my passion for sports for more than a hobby, it could be a career.
I love a good conspiracy theory, but I do think we landed on the moon. Somebody would have let something slip by this point if it wasn't true.
Like every red-blooded, American male, I cry during Rudy and Field of Dreams." But when Muphasa dies in The Lion King, the water works take over.
I would probably open a deli (I can't find a good place to get a sandwich near my house), or a steakhouse (I love to cook, especially grilling). I wouldn't be there every day, but I would need some type of career to keep my brain from turning to mush.
The most famous person that I ever met was Paul McCartney and star struck doesn't even begin to describe what I felt. I stood there, I shook his hand, and I was sort of in awe. He is one of the most famous people on the planet - I mean, the guy was a "Beatle" after all. I felt like Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" when he sees Santa and can't get the words "Red Rider BB Gun" out of his mouth. I had so many things I wanted to say, so many questions I wanted to ask, and I just froze.
GARY J. PERONE
Assistant General Manager
Director of Communications
Director, Community Relations & Entertainment
Manager, Creative Services
KING HENRY aka Guy Zoda
Community Group Manager
Administrative Assistant, Community Relations