A group of civil servants, who usually toil far from the spotlight, were the center of attention last week during the annual awards from the Hundred Year Association of New York.
The Isaac Liberman Public Service Award is given to nine “outstanding” career civil service employees and comes with cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.
In addition, the children of civil servants compete for the E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards. There were 15 recipients this year.
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway and Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Edna Wells Handy handed out the awards at a ceremony.
“The civil servants we honor today bring prestige to the city by going beyond their job descriptions to give New Yorkers world-class service, every single day,” said Handy.
This year’s winners include:Vincent Musillo, park supervisor at the Parks Department, who oversees Flushing Meadows Corona Park;Leila Barconey, director of Program Development and Evaluation at the Parks Department;Jenny Zhang, associate staff analyst at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services;Oscar Santana, business/emergency response unit specialist at the Department of Small Business Services;Joan Dworetzky, immigration analyst, Human Resources Administration;Craig Huemmer, criminalist, Police Department;Nancy Mier, clerical associate, Human Resources Administration;David Rosenthal, deputy director, Department of Housing Preservation and Development;Chris KaKit Yip, police officer, Police Department.
Friends, family and colleagues of NYPD Lt. Christopher Pupo, who lost his battle with cancer last year, are holding a fundraiser on Jan. 18 at Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Pupo, the beloved special operations lieutenant at the 41st Precinct and father of three young girls, was a 14-year veteran of the NYPD.
He was a police officer in the 52nd Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit and served as a sergeant in the 26th Precinct.
In 2006, he went to the Emergency Services Unit.
Pupo, who spent months at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks, suffered from multiple myeloma.
“I just want everyone to know he loved his family, he loved his job and he would do it all over again in a heartbeat,” his widow Kristen said in a News article published after his wake in June 2012. “He has no regrets — he told me he would have returned to Ground Zero knowing the outcome.”
Supporters have organized the fundraiser and a special website to help defray Pupo’s medical expenses.
Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include food, drink and entertainment.
Click here To contribute to a special fund established for Pupo’s family.
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