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November 16, 2015

NYSID President & CEO Ron Romano Interviewed by 810 WGY

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:46 pm

Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, recently was interviewed by Diane Donato, news anchor/reporter for IHeart Media Albany, 810 WGY.

Ron discussed how NYSID works with its member and associate member agencies to turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Ron Romano (center) recently was interviewed by Diane Donato from IHeart Media, 810 WGY. In this photo from NYSID's 2015 Annual Meeting, he is He is pictured with (l-r): Kevin McDonald, RSS supervisor; Ralph Talarico, 2015 Employee of the Year; Francoise Dunefsky, NYSID board chair; and Bruce Ruot, RSS program director.

“Our definition and our mission includes individuals who are developmentally disabled, with mental health issues or physically disabled, or substance abuse issues,” he said. “We work with small businesses, minority and women-owned businesses, and veterans to provide opportunities for those individuals.”

He talked about the people NYSID serves and the types of jobs NYSID creates in products and services.

“It’s a social enterprise, we’re given the opportunity, and we’re given the procurement, so we have to perform accordingly,” he said.

Ron also described how NYSID benefits all involved and how unemployment has disproportionately affected New Yorkers with disabilities.

“Our program addresses the disparity of individuals of working age between the ages of 24 and 65,” he said. “The percentage of individuals with disabilities working is 34 percent, compared to 75 percent among individuals overall. We’re working to fill that gap of opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.

“These are, in many cases, life-changing opportunities. They provide people with not only a paycheck, but independence, integrity and a sense of purpose.”

The interview is accessible via podcast. It originally aired November 14-15 on the following IHeart Media Albany stations: FOX Sports 980, 99.5 The River, Oldies 98.3, PYX 106, 810 WGY and 103.1 WGY, and 102.3 Kiss FM.


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