NYSID, Preferred Source Solutions


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Empowering People. Supporting New York.

Established in 1975 and based in Albany, NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization with a 40-year mission of creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID and its member agencies are a proven procurement solution for government agency customers. NYSID members are the employment resource centers for individuals with diverse abilities. Our member agencies also partner with private sector New York State businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business and veterans’ support programs.

Jobs Well Done

Employment on a NYSID contract transforms lives and communities:

  • Individuals realize the financial security, self-worth and personal relationships that come with long-term employment, and a traditionally under-employed workforce is served.
  • NYSID’s member agencies are able to offer center-based or community employment, unique to individuals’ abilities and independence goals.
  • Government procurement needs are met affordably and with a proven track record.

Legislatively mandated, economically sound

Preferred Source procurement satisfies the obligation to comply with New York State Finance Law Section 162's mandate to purchase approved goods and services provided by New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID prices are approved by the New York State Office of General Services.

New York State benefits by having a workforce which includes empowered individuals with disabilities, who bring stability to communities through wages earned and spent where they live.



Chairperson Francoise Dunefsky Gateway Community Industries, Inc. [retired]
Vice President Michael Decker AHRC New York City
Secretary Kevin Crosley Herkimer ARC
Treasurer Carolina  Cordero Dyer The Osborne Association
President & CEO Ronald P. Romano NYSID
Past Chair Robert W. Schwartz Schwartz Heslin Group

Board members

Class of 2016

Alan Krafchin Center for Disability Services
Mary Jo Thorn ACHIEVE/Broome Tioga County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.
James Moran Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS

Class of 2017

Stanfort Perry AHRC Nassau County
Donald Siegel, Ph.D. University at Albany

Class of 2018

Susan Delehanty Citizen Advocates, Inc.
William McHugh Heritage Centers
Mark Tebbano CHA Consulting, Inc.


Frank Coco Ex Officio, ACCES-VR


Executive Team

Ronald P. Romano President & Chief Executive Officer
Margie L. Castellana Controller
Eileen J. McCarthy, Esq. Vice President-Administration
Joseph Messina Vice President-Sales
Tim Mott Vice President-Business Operations
Brian Schneider Vice President-Contract Administration
Theresa Hobbs Vice President- Compliance



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Employment and Intern Opportunities

Zerorez® Cleaning Technician

NYSID's new franchise, Zerorez®, Capital District, is looking for a Cleaning Technician. Are you ready to join the first green-cleaning company in the area?

Zerorez®, a national, rapidly growing carpet cleaning company with a reputation for superior technology, outstanding customer service and exceptional service, has an opening for an energetic, responsible person with a positive attitude, professional work ethic and who enjoys interacting with people. The Technician is the one who makes it all come together.

Qualifications: Ability to lift, move and manipulate cleaning equipment frequently throughout the day, strong interpersonal and communication skills, positive attitude, ability to work flexible hours and work independently. Valid and insurable driver's license required. Sales experience preferred. High School Diploma or GED.

Zerorez® offers competitive wages with benefits, training and opportunities for growth in an expanding company. EOE. If you’re ready to join the Zerorez® team, contact: administrator@nysid.org


Quality Assurance Coordinator

Position Summary: Quality Assurance Coordinator - The duties of this position involve performing reviews of our member agencies' compliance with the labor requirements of preferred source legislation, regulations and guidelines.

Essential Duties:

•Perform audits relative to member agency compliance with NYS statutes, regulations and OGS Procurement Council guidelines, and NYS Education Department ACESS-VR disability and employment requirements;
• Provide technical assistance to member agencies, identifying performance or compliance issues. Examples of relevant topics include: prevailing wage, value added labor, employment ratios, time studies, etc.
• Compile and report employment data, and make recommendations to the Vice President, Compliance, for establishing suggested corrective actions, performance measurement systems, etc.
• Assist in developing and presenting training materials relevant to the preferred source program and its requirements for member agencies.
• NYS travel required.
• Other duties as assigned.

The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

•Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Auditing, or related field of study; or Associate Degree and 1-3 years’ experience in conducting audits.

Physical Requirements:
The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Nature of job requires considerable CRT, keyboard, and mouse usage, walking around facilities and sitting for long periods of time. Must have visual acuity and hearing ability for communicating with others and gathering and accessing written and computerized information. Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Ability to access any location where company business is conducted.

Email cover letter, resume to administrator@nysid.org EOE.

About NYSID:
A Non-profit created by the NY State Finance law to serve NY State's preferred source program, NYSID works to make gainful employment possible for New Yorkers with disabilities. Rehabilitative agencies throughout New York who provide support services to individuals with disabilities choose to become members of NYSID. On behalf of these members, and sometimes in conjunction with private sector corporate partners, NYSID enters into contracts with state and local government agencies for goods and services which disabled New Yorkers create or perform.


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