“I was by far the youngest person in the room,” he said.
This was around the time the community was having an intense discussion about the opening of homeless shelters in the area.
“I really thought it would be great to have a different perspective on the situation,” he said.
So Sperrazza, just a sophomore at Hunter College at the time, reached out to then-councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and successfully made his case.
Sperrazza said he learned a lot from his two years of service. Though a lot of the discussions are full of jargon, members really do delve into issues with public officials.
“I never thought I would be arguing over one-way conversions in Glendale, but there I am in the committee meetings arguing over stuff like that,” he said.
He encouraged all community members, young or old, to participate and learn more.
“You also get to learn from people who have been on the board for 20 to 30 years, who know the community like the back of their hand,” he said. “It’s an amazing experience for any person.”
Sperrazza, who is graduating in May with a degree in political science, has also been involved in the Queens County Young Democrats, student government, and an advisory council for Assemblyman Brian Barnwell.
In August, he will head to Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he will complete his master’s degree in global affairs. He was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, a competitive, fully funded program that only takes 140 students from around the world.
From there, Sperrazza said he may look to stay in Asia to work in consulting.
“I am incredibly excited,” he said.