Managerial Employees Association members Jennifer Carroll and Edward Yood were among the 21 career civil service employees to win the 2008 Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards at the 100 Year Association of New Yorkís December 16 ceremonies in the Police Headquarters Auditorium. Harrison Wong (son of MEA member Kin Wong), who earlier this year earned an MEA scholarship, won one of the 23 2008 E. Virgil Conway College Scholars awards at the ceremonies.
Mr. Yood, who has been the elected MEA Municipal Chapter Director and an MEA Executive Board member since 1997, has worked for the Sanitation Department since 1974. His MEA activities have included participation in the MEA Organization Committee which also awards scholarships to the children of NYC career civil service employees(MEA members) every year. His unit has been responsible for remedying unsanitary conditions in neighborhoods across the City by scheduling the removal of garbage and other refuse from privately owned vacant lots and causing the lot owners to be billed for the cost of the cleanup by the NYC Department of Finance. When a Citywide effort to control rodent populations increased his unitís workload, he worked closely with the Law Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop model legal forms and procedures to move requests forward quickly. Since 2003, he has successfully sought over 1,800 court orders so Sanitation cleaning crews can gain access to fenced private lots. Mr. Yood received a $1,000 award, funded by the Rosenwach Tank Company.
Ms. Carroll has worked for New York City since 1988, and is the Director of the Human Resources Administrationís Greenwood HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) Center in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. She is managing the centerís transformation under HRAís Model Office program, which will provide renovated office space and upgraded computer technology to the center as it reorganizes and enhances services to its 3,500 clients. Ms. Carroll develops new proposals for improving service delivery across the entire agency by remaining deeply involved in her centerís daily activities, including helping to staff the reception desk, interview clients and screen applicants for emergency assistance. Ms. Carrollís $1,000 award was funded by the Okin Familyís Rose J. Gilman Award.
Harrison Wong won a $1,000 scholarship from the Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of New York. He is a freshman at Cornell University and a recipient of the New York State TAP Grant, as well as an MEA Scholarship winner. Kin Wong, Harrisonís father, is an Administrative Chief Electrical Inspector at the Department of Buildings and an MEA member.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg addressed the assembly and presented the awards to the winners. The Hundred Year Association of New York was founded in 1927, and is composed of more than 200 companies and nonprofit organizations operating in New York City. The association recognizes public service of New York City leaders, and outstanding achievement and public service of New York City career civil service employees. It also acknowledges academic excellence and community service by children of career civil service employees.