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December 9, 2013

CUNY, Smithtown CSD Named Customers of the Year

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:48 pm

NYSID congratulates the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Smithtown Central School District for receiving the 2013 Customer of the Year Award as co-recipients.

Robert Schwartz, NYSID's board of directors chairman; Sharon Russell, CUNY's associate controller; Ron Romano, NYSID's president & CEO

CUNY is a long-standing supporter of NYSID Preferred Source opportunities, creating a positive impact on the lives of city residents with disabilities. For more than 20 years, CUNY policy-makers have stressed the value and importance of Preferred Source procurement throughout their campuses, resulting in new service opportunities each year.

In a major example of CUNY-NYSID teamwork, during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, CUNY quickly sought NYSID’s assistance in providing janitorial services at three emergency shelters at York, John Jay and Lehman Colleges.

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, AHRC NYC and Fedcap Rehabilitation Services all responded in superior fashion to help CUNY provide critical services and temporary lodging to a steady stream of displaced New Yorkers. NYSID members also provided linen services to John Jay and Lehman Colleges for special needs evacuees, and did extensive clean-up at Hunter College for weeks afterward.

Robert Schwartz; Don Wallace, Smithtown Central School District's maintenance foreman; Ron Romano; Michael Martucci, Smithtown Central School District's store keeper

The Smithtown Central School District is a vast network of nine elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools, located on Long Island’s North Shore in Suffolk County. Of the 697 individual school districts in New York State, Smithtown is a consistent, committed consumer of NYSID products.

Its ongoing support of Preferred Source procurement empowers New Yorkers with disabilities at NYSID member agency production centers Steuben County Chapter NYSARC, Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC and Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC.

In recent years, a number of individual school departments have ordered custom apparel for the custodial, IT, grounds and security personnel, in addition to purchasing custodial, office and restroom supplies.

In addition to fulfilling its own procurement needs through NYSID, Smithtown’s purchasing decision-makers independently recommend NYSID’s products and services to neighboring school districts.

CUNY and the Smithtown Central School District were recognized as Customer of the Year Award co-recipients during NYSID’s Annual Meeting 2013 at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. More than 200 people attended the Annual Meeting; the theme was “Empowering New Yorkers, Supporting New York.”

Thanks to everyone who joined us in recognizing the importance of a diverse New York workforce which includes Preferred Source workers at NYSID member agencies.


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