WHO WE ARE

WE ARE THE NEW YORK CITY
MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION.
WE WORK FOR YOU.

The MEA is a professional membership association dedicated to protecting and enhancing the civil service and other rights of public employees who are not eligible for collective bargaining under state and/or local law. Our membership extends to every city agency and municipality within the five boroughs of New York.

The MEA talks directly with the City and public employers for critical benefits such as our members’ pension rights, their right to redress of grievances, their right to adequate compensation, and other rights and benefits that will improve working conditions and help recruit and retain the best-qualified people in municipal management positions.

MEA membership is open to managerial employees of both the City of New York and other public employers located within the City. Enrollment is voluntary and the benefits are extensive, stretching even into retirement.

OUR HISTORY

MEA ALSO STANDS FOR MERIT, EXCELLENCE AND ADVOCACY

The MEA was founded in the summer of 1968 in reaction to the passage of New York State’s Taylor Law and the implementation of the City’s Management Pay Plan, both of which hampered managers’ power to bargain with the City for compensation and benefits.

Since our founding, our primary purpose has been to provide superior advocacy services and support to all of our members. With chapters forming in virtually every agency, the MEA soon became an advocacy association where managers could be heard and represented.

Working with the City during the troubled days of the 70s and early 80s, the MEA evolved into a powerful voice for City managers. As the City recovered its prosperity, the MEA made sure the City’s management employees received benefit and salary increases.

By the 90s, MEA leadership had recruited enough new members to grow into a significant labor organization. Our increased membership numbers let us offer our members medical benefits, including eyeglasses and hearing aids, and even dental benefits.

In the early 2000s, we added financial and pension counseling and legal consultations.

Over the years, the MEA has become a strong advocate for members and non-members alike as well as a source of information on manager benefits, compensation, workplace rights, and other related issues. The NYC MEA will continue to be a catalyst for promoting public and agency policies that effect positive economic and social change for managerial employees.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

MEA’s Career Development Program provides scholarships and training to enhance the career development
of managerial employees in agencies throughout the City. The CDP will help managers improve their skills
and knowledge in their current position, with an eye toward potential career advancement.

In addition to scholarship and tuition reimbursement, the CDP provides presentations, workshops
and seminars on member-requested training. Past CDP workshops have included, issues relating
to women’s issues in the work place, handling pay equity, cultural diversity, conflict resolution,
time management, effective writing and communication, and development of presentation skills.

This program will promote capable leaders who can make sound management and governance decisions
that will improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

MEET OUR TEAM

Shelly Shulman

President

Shelly Shulman

President

Previously, Shelly served as Executive Vice President of the MEA. As both President and Vice President, he has participated in many informational and chapter meetings, helping to educate members about their benefits and recruiting chapter directors and other activists. Shelly became an employee in the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation at Elmhurst Hospital Center in 1980. Shelly stayed at Elmhurst for most of his career, starting as a Hospital Care Investigator (a member of SSEU Local 371), then as a Senior Hospital Care Investigator. From 1990 until his retirement in 2017, Shelly held a series of managerial positions, mostly in the finance area. He was also a part-time aide to New York City Councilman Morton Povman of Queens for 10 years. Shelly also served on the MEA’s Legislative, Strategic Planning, and Bylaws Committees.

Shelly’s family has a history of political activism, beginning with the Kennedys and extending from the Obama administration through to today. Shelly is a music aficionado. His method for relaxing and having a great time is to “jam” playing the guitar with fellow enthusiasts. He is also a “Deadhead” attending “too many to count” concerts by the Grateful Dead and similar groups. To keep in shape, he plays basketball. Shelly is married and has three sons in their twenties.

Edgar Landas

Vice President

Edgar Landas

Vice President

Edgar recently served as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS). Throughout his fifteen years of public sector, technology-focused work, Edgar has focused on innovating and modernizing public sector technology, with a diverse portfolio of tech projects, both as a City manager and as a consultant. He is a 2019 Best of NYC: Excellence in IT Service & Support award winner by the NYC Technology Forum (GovTech) and a 2017 LGBTQ+ Technology & Innovation Fellow by Lesbians Who Tech.

Edgar received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double-major in Finance and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary and completed his Master of Science in Technology Management degree from New York University.

Alice Wong

Executive Director

Alice Wong

Executive Director

Growing up globetrotting the world at an early age, with the appreciation the world is bigger and much more interesting, Alice moved to New York City, where she began a successful career in International Business. In her role as Executive Director of MEA, she will lead organizational operations, with responsibility for the expansion of MEA into the future. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity within an organization to leverage her unique perspective into effective problem solving, improved financial oversight, and program success. Alice holds an E.MBA from Fordham University and Graduate Certificate in communications from New York University. She resides in New York City and enjoys scuba diving, culinary adventures, and traveling.

Bernard Orlan

Treasurer

Bernard Orlan

Treasurer

Bernard Orlan is the Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety for the Department of Education. His specialty is the safe maintenance and removal of asbestos and hazardous chemicals. Following the attack on September, 11, 2001, he managed the cleanup and environmental monitoring of all schools in the affected area of Lower Manhattan during the lengthy remediation process.

Before working for the NYC, Bernard was with the Army Corps of Engineers, working on projects ranging from waterway navigation and flood protection to preventing hazardous waste landfills from leaching into aquifers. The positive impact he has had on millions of children during his career is what makes being a manager for NYC very rewarding.

As Treasurer he is very conservative with the MEA budget. With the greater negotiating power stemming from larger membership numbers, he is confident that he can make MEA more effective when advocating for increase benefits and raises. He wants his fellow managers to understand the advantage of MEA membership. “We understand what you are feeling and are fighting for managers to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Clara Guity-Bess

Recording Secretary

Clara Guity-Bess

Recording Secretary

Clara is an Assistant Director at the Queens Cancer Center at NYC Health and Hospital. As MEA’s newly elected Recording Secretary she will take minutes and notes at the MEA meetings.

In her work as Assistant Director, Clara runs a team of administrative assistants, patient care associates and clerical associates and finds real rewards in encouraging her team to grow. “I think the key to motivating is caring and getting to know my employees and allowing them to voice their opinion and helping them pursue it in any kind of way.”

Clara joined the MEA in 2016 and she’s looking forward to getting to know the Association in more depth.

Marie Delus

Director-At-Large

Marie Delus

Director-At-Large

Marie Delus is a Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer. Marie has been a vested employee in New York City government for over twenty years. In addition, she is the president of T “Flip” R, LLC whose mission is to assist not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and corporations with their community, national and international charitable initiatives. These initiatives provide basic humanitarian needs such as advocacy for gun-violence prevention; promoting education, nutrition, and medical care needs to orphans, destitute children, and families.

Marie is an active volunteer for several organizations, including the American Red Cross. She is a Director-at-Large for the New York City Managerial Employees Association (NYC MEA); a member of the New York Metropolitan Area Organization of Public Purchasing Professionals, which is affiliated with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP-New York, Inc.) and volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Greater New York Chapter. Marie is a United States Marine Corps Veteran of Operation Desert Storm and also a supporter of the Second Amendment. Marie has traveled back and forth to Washington, DC and Albany as an advocate for gun safety.

Cesare Lucido

Director-At-Large

Cesare Lucido

Director-At-Large

Cesare Lucido is a career employee of the NY Housing Authority. Cesare started working for the City as a summer job and stayed for 36 years. He worked his way from cutting the lawns of public housing on up to managing housing inspections and upkeep as Deputy Director in the Bronx.   He came to the MEA originally because of its managerial benefits and now, post-retirement he’s working as a Director-at-Large to “help the cause and keep informed.” An avid marathon runner, Mr. Lucido keeps moving in his work life too. After leaving city work, he didn’t waste time getting a new position at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine & Pharmacy as a Facilities Manager. He had also obtain in 2020 his commercial refrigeration engineering license.

Pam Ross

Director-At-Large

Pam Ross

Director-At-Large

Darrell Sims

Director-At-Large

Darrell Sims

Director-At-Large

Darrell Sims recently retired as Deputy Director for the Bureau of Multifamily Design Review Services at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  In his role as Director-at-Large, he is a conduit to the MEA, reporting any issues members might have and ensuring they receive all MEA member benefits in an acceptable manner.  Mr. Sims began his career working at HPD in 1980.

At the time of employment, Darrell simply thought of his job as a means of working his way out of living in a dormitory at Columbia University and being able to afford an apartment.  He had just completed graduate school with a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

Darrell became committed to the work he was performing. After being awarded a fellowship, he was granted an educational leave of absence and returned to Columbia University to attain a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development where he gained invaluable knowledge in real estate development.

Mr. Sims is the first African American registered architect to be employed by HPD and has been a member of the MEA since 1996.

Bill Dworkin

President Emeritus

Bill Dworkin

President Emeritus

During Bill’s four terms as President, from 1994 to 2002, he championed and MEA won the Yourman v. Dinkins lawsuit, which resulted in payments of thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars. The MEA was placed on a transparent business basis with financial accountability to the membership while he was president.
Bill successfully advocated for significant changes in payment for time and leave at retirement. This continues to result in thousands of dollars difference in separation pay. Bill has been a member of the MEA executive board for 30 years. He has served the membership as Human Resources Administration chapter director, NYC MEA executive vice president and chair of numerous committees.

Bill served in increasingly more responsible positions in his thirty year career in HRA, including Income Support Center Director, and Director of Income Support: AIDS Services. Bill retired as Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Fair Hearings and Compliance.

Bill and his wife Mary live with their two dogs in North Carolina, very close to their three grandchildren.

Stu Eber

President Emeritus

Stu Eber

President Emeritus

Stu Eber served as President from 2010 to 2017 and stepped down as President in December 2017. He joins William Dworkin as a President Emeritus on the MEA Executive Board.

Stu was elected President of the NYC Managerial Employees Association (NYC MEA) in January 2010 and was reelected in 2012 and 2015. He worked in conjunction with the Executive Board and the MEA Executive Director to provide the leadership needed for continued organizational growth. The Membership Report from 2010-2017 shows that, with Stu’s leadership, MEA recruited over 3,000 new members.

For more than 30 years, Stu developed and delivered income support services to thousands of New Yorkers in his capacity as a Human Resources Administration employee. He retired in 2004 after serving as a Deputy Commissioner and then became more active in the MEA. Prior to his election as MEA President, Stu functioned as Chapter Director of the MEA Retirees Chapter and Chair of the Technology and Publicity Committees. He was primarily responsible for the enhancements to the website, newsletter, and membership database.

Stu is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a BA in Political Science. He is a long-time resident of the Bronx, New York. He has two sons, three grandsons, and one granddaughter.

Alice Wong

Executive Director

Cynthia Ross

Bookkeeper

Jay Warshofsky

Pension Counseling

John Jacobi

Administrative Intern

Leon Xu

Marketing Intern

Matt Conley

Member Services Representative

Stuart Salles

Legal Counsel

Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

Sandra Bryce

Chapter Director

212-341-3295

Yelena Gladkova

Assistant Chapter Director

212-341-3165

Department of Buildings (DOB)

Graham Rabinowitsch

Chapter Director

917-692-5628

Yegal Shamash

Assistant Chapter Director

Department of City-Wide Administrative Services (DCAS)

Tina Ramsey

Chapter Director

(212) 386 - 1774

Maria Frasca

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 386 - 6103

Comptroller’s Office

Ernestine Rivers-Merritt

Chapter Director

(212) 669-8847

Wasyl Kinach

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 669-2203

Community Boards

Beryl Nyack

Chapter Director

Celestine Leon

Assistant Chapter Director

Design & Construction (DDC)

Vacant

Chapter Director

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

Department of Corrections (DOC)

Rabiah Gaynor

Chapter Director

(718) 546-0467

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

Department of Education (DOE)

Dennis Tompkins

Chapter Director

(646) 581-0546

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Peter Kontogiannis

Chapter Director

(516) 330-3041

James Caggiano

Assistant Chapter Director

(914) 773-4414

Department of Finance (DOF)

Vacant

Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Cheslyn Lorde

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 291-4610

Department of Investigations (DOI)

Alania Infantino

Chapter Director

(732) 778-6663

Margaret Reveira

Assistant Chapter Director

(917) 881-3608

Department of Parks and Recreation (PARKS)

Laurence Major

Chapter Director

(646) 417-2067

Iris Rodriguez-Rosa

Assistant Chapter Director

(718) 738-7323

Department of Probation (DOP)

Nora Santos

Chapter Director

(718) 537-5195

Rodney Levy

Assistant Chapter Director

(516) 448-4197

Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

Peta-Gay Campbell

Chapter Director

(646) 343-6116

Eulin Inverary-Dejonge

Assistant Chapter Director

(646) 343-6783

Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

Charles Jackson

Chapter Director

(718) 999-3130

Sophie Worrell

Assistant Chapter Director

(718) 999-2532

Financial Information Service Administration (FISA)

Eric Reitzel

Chapter Director

(212) 857-1254

Loydy Linares

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 742-5600

Health + Hospitals (H+H)

Vacant

Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Michele Adams

Assistant Chapter Director

(929) 270-3105

Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Vacant

Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Homeless Service (DHS)

Cindy Teta

Chapter Director

(917) 637-7718

John Hammond

Assistant Chapter Director

(347) 526-4167

Housing Authority (NYCHA)

Carl Walton, III

Chapter Director

(718) 409-7528

Tajhma Carroll

Assistant Chapter Director

(718) 329-7866

Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)

Mario Guerrero, Jr.

Chapter Director

(212) 863-8395

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Human Resources Administration (HRA)

Pamela Ross

Chapter Director

(347) 203-6335

Sandy Bryant

Assistant Chapter Director

(718) 784-3590

IT & Technology & Telecommunications (DOITT)

John May

Chapter Director

(718) 403-8112

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

Mayoral Chapter

David Garfinkel

Chapter Director

(661) 644-1974

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Municipal Chapters

Sabrina Middleton

Chapter Director

(347) 533-1550

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Pension Systems

Shelliann Walters

Chapter Director

(212) 612-5816

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Police Department (NYPD)

Vacant

Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Kenneth Clark

Assistant Chapter Director

(646) 610-8843

Sanitation (DSNY)

Chudi Chiejina

Chapter Director

(212) 437-4634

Eugene Adia

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 291-1144

School Construction Authority (SCA)

Annelle Grayon

Chapter Director

(718) 752-5938

Audrey Dunlap

Assistant Chapter Director

(917) 733-7053

Transportation (DOT)

Raynard Edwards

Chapter Director

(212) 839-9881

Vacant

Assistant Chapter Director

(212) 964-0035

Retirees Chapter

Adrienne A. Leaf

Chapter Director

(347) 613-4427

Sam Borkow

Membership

(646) 629-7630

Candida Carcana

Programs

(718) 651-5868