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September 27, 2016

FDNY Accepts Local Customer of the Year Award

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:00 pm

The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) was named Local Customer of the Year during NYSID’s Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Hilton. Kumi Tucker, WNYT NewsChannel 13 anchor, once again served as Annual Meeting emcee. This year’s theme was #EmploymentEmpowers.

Barry Greenspan (left) and Shannon Cardone (right) accept the Local Customer of the Year Award on behalf of FDNY from Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO

On a given weekday across four boroughs, more than 100 individuals with disabilities are hard at work cleaning 65 FDNY locations.

This new employment opportunity for AHRC New York City’s Hudson River Services team began a year ago, quickly proving that workers with disabilities make valuable contributions to FDNY’s mission of service in communities.

AHRC workers are on the job at emergency medical and fire batallions in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and at the Fort Totten training center in Queens, where they’ve earned a reputation for top notch service and attention to detail as reported by FDNY personnel. What’s more, the individuals state that they’re made to feel a part of the FDNY family, and are proud to serve such an important customer while earning a paycheck.

As a result of this successful collaboration, the FDNY has chosen the Hudson River Services team to fulfill its landscaping needs at Fort Totten and other outdoor sites, creating even more local jobs for deserving individuals.

“This company [AHRC New York City's Hudson River Services] has come in and I would say they’re very proactive,” said FDNY Chief Inspector Ronald Riccitelli. “They’ve approached me from the beginning, given me a lot of assistance in making sure that their cleaners do the right type of job that we need for this building.”

“The opportunity to serve the FDNY in janitorial and cleaning contracts has been a tremendous opportunity for the individuals we serve,” said Brian Simon, AHRC New York City’s Hudson River Services. “We want to thank the FDNY for this opportunity and all the jobs it’s created.”

During NYSID’s Annual Meeting, individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, small businesses, New York State agencies and municipal agencies were all recognized for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.

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