Born and raised in Stratford, Joe attended Holy Name Elementary, Wooster Middle and Stratford High School. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Central Connecticut State University, Joe worked as a weather forecaster at Western Connecticut State University and Techni-Weather before catching the news bug and beginning a career in radio news. He had a successful career as a radio news reporter/anchor at WICC/WEBE, winning many Associated Press awards and twice the Ellen Abrams award for best radio reporter in the state.

After working in the City of Bridgeport administration managing all media relations and public affairs functions including the police and fire departments, Joe served as the deputy chief of staff for State of Connecticut House Speaker Jim Amann.

He returned to the city of Bridgeport and currently works on green economy initiatives ranging from energy efficiency and renewable energy to urban forestation and sustainable growth.

Joe volunteers at the CT Food Bank and annually at the Housatonic River clean-up and is a member of the Stratford Rotary, the Lordship Fathers Club, Lordship Improvement Association and the Stratford Oldtimers Athletic Association. He is also an auxiliary member of the local VFW Post 9460 and recently was appointed to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission by Governor Lamont.

Joe gets results for Stratford at the State Capitol, including securing the funding for the new Stratford High School, grants for the improvements at the South End Community Center and playscape, funding for Sterling House upgrades, the Connecticut Air and Space Center at Sikorsky Memorial Airport, conveyance of the Grasso property to the town of Stratford, Shakespeare Theatre funds and paving of Main Street.

Joe received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council in 2019, from the Connecticut Waterworks in 2022 and from the Connecticut Farm Bureau in 2022.