NYSID hosted its 2015 Annual Meeting on September 30 at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. Individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, small businesses, New York State agencies and school districts were all recognized for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.
NYSID presented the William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award to two co-recipients:
Ramonita Morales, Employed by The Osborne Association in the Bronx
Michelle Wolfe, Employed by The Arc of Madison Cortland/Alternatives Industry in Oneida
The William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award is NYSID’s most prestigious people-centered award. Morales is a custodial crew chief who overcame substance abuse and an extended period of incarceration before her return to the workforce, while Wolfe is a food processing worker enrolled in The Arc’s prevocational program, where she is often assigned to NYSID Preferred Source contracts.
Morales and Wolfe were selected from a group of 60 Outstanding Performers recognized by NYSID member agencies in 2015. In its 12th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized nearly 600 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.
Awards also were presented to:
Honorable John A. DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
Honorable Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), New York State Assembly
Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipients
Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes have long been known for their willingness to advocate for individuals with disabilities in their communities. This was never more critical than in 2015 when proposed legislation would have created a substantial barrier for those who look to the Preferred Source Program for employment success.
Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes were open to sharing NYSID’s concerns toward safeguarding opportunities for Preferred Source workers. Both NYS legislators removed detrimental language from their proposed legislation, underscoring their full support of diverse Preferred Source employment and inclusive lives for New Yorkers across the state.
Rehabilitation Support Services (Albany), Member Agency of the Year
Employee of the Year: Ralph Talarico
Carlstrom & Ritter (Kings Point), Corporate Partner of the Year
Employee of the Year: Andrew Rosenbluth
New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs (Latham)
Great Neck Public Schools (Nassau County, Long Island)
Customer of the Year co-recipients
Thanks again to Kumi Tucker from NewsChannel 13 for emceeing our Annual Meeting. NewsChannel 13 and WNYA aired this wonderful video on Ralph Talarico, Employee of the Year from Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.
This news clip, along with our NYSID WORKS! highlight video, award videos and speeches, are available across our social media platforms:
A video highlighting NYSID WORKS! events also was shown at the Annual Meeting.
Thanks to everyone everyone who attended NYSID’s Annual Meeting and helped us celebrate “40 Years of Looking Forward” during our 40th anniversary year!