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March 31, 2015

Lawmakers Salute NYSID, From Capitol Hill to Downtown Albany

Category: General — NYSID @ 4:58 pm

NYSID is grateful to our Congressional, New York State and county legislators for sending their congratulatory wishes as we celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.” Here are some of the complimentary words we’ve received thus far.

(Pictured l-r: Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO; Jim Haggerty, NYSID veterans’ consultant and Congressman Chris Gibson’s 19th Congressional District veterans director; Kenneth Williams, director, Division of Service Disabled Veterans’ Business Development, NYS Office of General Services; and NYS Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, D-East Elmhurst, chairman to the NYS Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.)

Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-20), NYSID’s 2014 Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient: “Congratulations to New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. on 40 years of advocacy to advance employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities. Your work has a tremendous impact on individuals and families across New York State. During my personal visits to your worksites, I have met dozens of committed employees who could not wait to share the joy of their assignment with me. Each one understood the value and dignity of the work that they were doing –– and wanted nothing more than to continue that work with their co-workers and friends. In an era when our society gets too preoccupied with individual accomplishment or short-sighted successes, be they in Wall Street, sports or even politics, it is refreshing to know that these employees and worksites exist and that organizations like New York State Industries for the Disabled are there to support them. My best wishes for another 40 years of sharing and success.”

NYS Senator George Amedore (R/C/I-Rotterdam): “NYSID does great work pairing New Yorkers with disabilities with employers who are in need of workers. Not only are their efforts helping our local economies, they are making a positive impact on so many workers with disabilities. I congratulate NYSID on 40 years of great service, with many more to come.”

NYS 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. 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.”

NYS Senator David Valesky (D/IP-53-Oneida): “Congratulations to NYSID on 40 years of service to New Yorkers with disabilities. I am impressed by the number of workers and the employment hours contributed through NYSID to the local workforce. The organization provides a valuable service not just to workers with disabilities, but to our local economy in job fulfillment as well.”

NYS Senator Catharine M. Young (R/I/C-Olean): “For 15 years, prior to becoming a state legislator, I had the privilege of working for The ReHabilitation Center in Cattaraugus County, a NYSID member agency. During my time there, I witnessed compassion every day, in ways great and small. It is an experience that I hold close to my heart, and it serves as an important reminder of the vital work that is conducted every day by New Yorkers with disabilities throughout our communities. People with disabilities want what everyone wants –– the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck. NYSID and its member agencies in my NYS Senate District have been truly instrumental in helping our local residents with disabilities fulfill their desire to work and be productive members of society. Congratulations to NYSID and its members on a successful 40 years.”

NYS Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica): “New York State Industries for the Disabled is a great example of a partnership between businesses, member agencies, and workers with disabilities that provides many benefits to participants. Hundreds of people in the Utica-Rome area learned valuable employment skills this year which help them to remain independent, and participating companies received quality goods and services at a very reasonable price. Best wishes to everyone who is a part of NYSID on its 40th anniversary.”

Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, (D/WFP-New York), chair of the Assembly Committee on Health: “I’m glad to wish NYSID a happy 40th anniversary. I’m proud to have them providing jobs and support programs to people with disabilities in my district and across the state, and I’m especially proud of William Joslin Award Co-Recipient Edwardo Lopez for his work with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.”

NYS Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R/C/I-Batavia): “I am proud to have supported New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. During my time in the Assembly, I have fought to provide meaningful employment opportunities for those with disabilities and I know that they can make substantial contributions to the public and private sectors. The thousands of individuals that find employment through NYSID annually and their extensive networking capabilities make them an impressive organization and one that deserves the Legislature’s utmost attention. I commemorate NYSID’s 40th Anniversary and wish them success in the years ahead.”

NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam): “NYSID has a long and important history of creating employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities and I’m proud to support their mission. Each year, hundreds of people in the Capital Region are able to know the responsibility of a job and the pride of earning a paycheck because of NYSID and its partners. I congratulate them on 40 years of public service and look forward to a continued partnership for many years to come.”

NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D/WFP/I-Great Neck): “For 40 years, NYSID has provided employment opportunities for the disabled –– helping individuals to reach their potential, contribute to their communities, and pay taxes!”

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks: “Monroe County is fortunate to have partners like New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. that help create local jobs and opportunity. Thanks to Monroe County’s partnership with NYSID, we are now doing even more to make Monroe County a place where everyone can reach their highest potential and attain job training and skills, no matter their individual circumstances.”

NYSID continues recognizing our member agencies and corporate partners, county by county, to demonstrate their human service support and economic impact within communities across New York State as part of our 40th anniversary celebration.

Keep an eye out for your organization on our social media and blog, as we highlight NYSID Preferred Source job creation across New York State –– and thanks for helping us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward.” We couldn’t have done it without YOU!


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