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Empowering New Yorkers, Supporting New York…now more than ever
April 2, 2020

Empowering New Yorkers, Supporting New York…now more than ever

As our state grapples with the Coronavirus national emergency, many individuals with disabilities are stepping up to ensure the safety of others. NYSID salutes these efforts that go above and beyond for Preferred Source customers whose services are critical to safeguarding the health and well-being of New Yorkers.

Fedcap crews are now on the front line of defense against the Coronavirus in New York City. At the Long Island Rail Road’s Penn Station, Fedcap custodians are cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces every two hours, disinfecting elevators, escalators, staircases, and waste receptacles nine times a day. “We are concerned like everybody,” said one team member. “But we know that what we’re doing here is important work.”

Across the state, Allegany Arc’s PWI janitorial services for long-time government agency customers have become more critical. In Hornell, custodial crews are responsible for sanitizing office areas at the OGS Henderson-Smith Office Building for the DOT regional office, where PWI custodians have cleaned nonstop for more than 35 years. Services have been expanded to five days a week from the usual three. Other crew members are cleaning the DOT Route 86 rest area seven days a week.

Chris Koehler, Senior Vice President at Allegany Arc, applauds this incredible teamwork at a stressful time “I’m grateful for our cleaning crews who are on the front lines doing the dirty work of cleaning and disinfecting. They are unsung heroes in this public health crisis. I’m so proud of them,” he said.

In addition to janitorial service needs, emergency supplies produced by several Member Agencies continue to be shipped to essential government agencies, including disinfecting products, gloves, personal protective items, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and more. NYSID’s Customer Service and Warehouse teams are working diligently to fulfill and ship orders.

“The Coronavirus emergency has brought out the best in Preferred Source workers who are rising to the extraordinary challenge of protecting communities,” said President and CEO Maureen O’Brien. “We are grateful to government agency customers for entrusting individuals with disabilities to meet these unprecedented needs. These examples lift us all up at a time when much of daily life is uncertain.”

Follow NYSID’s social media for #ThankfulThursday examples of this work ethic from NYSID Member Agencies and Corporate Partners.