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February 5, 2015

Preferred Source Champion: NYSID Positively Transforms Lives

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:34 pm

Senator James L. Seward (R-Oneonta), NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient, is the latest NYS legislator to extend congratulations to NYSID, our member agencies and corporate partners as we continue our 40th anniversary celebration.

Pictured l-r: Kumi Tucker, WNYT NewsChannel 13 anchor and Annual Meeting emcee; Robert Schwartz, NYSID then-board chair; Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO; and Senator James L. Seward (R-Oneonta), NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient

“NYSID is a remarkable organization that positively transforms lives on a daily basis,” Senator Seward said. “The individuals with disabilities employed through NYSID are left with a sense of pride and self-worth that is immeasurable.

“I have had the pleasure to meet many of these success stories and have been truly overwhelmed. My congratulations to NYSID on 40 momentous years. I look forward to our continued partnership and your unwavering success.”

Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) joined Senator Seward as NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient. Their efforts were critical to the Preferred Source Law becoming permanent in New York State, and NYSID remains forever grateful to these visionary legislators for their ongoing support of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.

In Cortland County –– part of Senator Seward’s 51st NYS Senate District –– 58 New Yorkers with disabilities worked 34,633 employment hours on Preferred Source contracts in 2014. Thanks to J.M. Murray Center, Inc. and Ames Linen Services for their job creation efforts.

Pictured l-r: Ernie Dodge, director of operations, J.M. Murray Center, Inc.; Kevin Kresge, NYSDOT; William Mariano, J.M. Murray Center’s 2014 Joslin Outstanding Performer; and Dennis Gazda, supervisor, I-81 Corridor rest areas, J.M. Murray Center

William Mariano is J.M. Murray Center Inc.’s 2014 Joslin Outstanding Performer. He is employed as a janitor at the Whitney Point rest area on I-81 South in Broome County.

Will works under a NYSID contract for the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT); his duties include cleaning all bathroom facilities, lobby areas, outside picnic grounds, and pet walking areas in all types of weather, year round. When taking into consideration that he has Cerebral Palsy and must wear a leg brace just to walk, it’s quite an accomplishment, and Will demonstrates his extraordinary personal drive every day.

Congratulations to Will, and thanks to J.M. Murray Center, Inc. and Ames Linen Services for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.”

Over the next several months, NYSID will recognize our member agencies and corporate partners for creating meaningful employment for New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our 40-year history.

Keep an eye out for your organization in the weeks and months ahead, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation –– county by county –– across New York State. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!


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