Advisory Board

Robert J. Sica

Robert J. Sica

Retired from Secret Service

Vice President and Chief Security Officer Robert J. Sica is responsible for establishing and overseeing the New York Racing Association's (NYRA) security architecture that encompasses the uniformed security, investigative activities, equine safety and integrity programs, and special event planning. His responsibilities include identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security related processes that mitigate the NYRA's operational risks.

Sica joined the NYRA in March 2016 after retiring from the U.S. Secret Service, where he served for 31 years, most recently as Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office. Previously, he served as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information in Washington, D.C. and held a number of senior and executive positions in the Secret Service, including Acting Special Agent in Charge and Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office.

Sica also held a senior interagency position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he helped to create, develop and integrate national preparedness and response policies and practices related to critical infrastructure protection, counter terrorism and crisis management. He served on the Presidential Detail of two U.S. Presidents, President George H.W. Bush and President William J. Clinton.

As a noted expert in security operational planning, Sica served in the Fall of 2015 as the chief law enforcement officer for two of the largest National Special Security Events in the history of the U.S. Secret Service–the visit of Pope Francis of The Holy See to New York City and the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly when nearly 90% of the world's heads of state attended.

Sica has a lifelong love and deep knowledge of thoroughbred racing. A native of Floral Park, N.Y., he worked in the backstretch of Belmont Park during high school and college. He attended Virginia Military Institute and is a graduate of St. John's University.