Archives of the Mayor's Press Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Release # 075-01
||Sunny Mindel / Curt Ritter
MAYOR GIULIANI HONORS MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES DURING THE FUND FOR THE CITY OF
NEW YORK SLOAN PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani congratulated recipients of the 28th annual Sloan
Public Service Awards during a ceremony this evening at the Great Hall of
Cooper Union in Manhattan. Each year the Fund for the City of New York presents
these awards in recognition of the many accomplishments of municipal employees,
whose day-to-day dedication and effectiveness often go unnoticed.
"The dedication to public service and commitment to the quality of life
of our City that the men and women we honor this evening are extraordinary examples
of the sense of duty of our City employees," said Mayor Giuliani. "Without
the contributions of these individuals our City would not be a model of good
government to the rest of the nation and the rest of the world in so many different
areas. They represent the best the City has to offer and I thank them for their
commitment to their job, to the City and to all New Yorkers."
The eight recipients are all career city employees who have maintained unusually
high levels of excellence throughout their careers. Often working away from
the limelight, they exemplify the very spirit of public service. This year's
- H. Hardy Adasko, Senior Vice President for Planning, Economic
Development Corporation, joined city government as a transportation analyst
29 years ago. With his colleagues, he has guided various projects from conception
to completion: revamping old industrial sites, refurbishing movie theatres,
and overseeing plans for minor league baseball stadiums. Developers and community
groups praise his ability to work with civility and determination to strike
a balance between the pressures for and against development.
- Esther Coupet, Coordinator of Home Care Referral, Bellevue Hospital
Center, Health and Hospitals Corporation, started at the bottom of the
clerical ladder 21 years ago, and was elevated because of her exceptional
interpersonal skills and understanding of the health care system. After a
medical decision is made to discharge the 1,500 patients a year who require
care at home to complete their recovery, she alone has only 24 hours to navigate
complex regulations and match patients' needs with the plethora of non-profit,
for-profit, volunteer, and government home care providers. She has won the
respect and admiration of physicians, nurses, administrators, government officials,
home care providers, patients and their families.
- Michael Greenman, Chief Subsurface Section. Department of Design
and Construction, has gained a reputation as a "subterranean wizard"
in his 31-year career with the City of New York. He obtains samples analyzes
and records geological conditions, issues warnings and makes recommendations
to assure that municipal structures are built on safe ground. He created a
"one-of-a-kind" geological record bank, and has undertaken efforts
to make those records. His work has saved the city and its builders an untold
amount of money and, more important, kept New York City's public structures
on sure footing.
- Alice Hudson, Chief, Map Division, New York Public Library,
has over her 30-year career, developed and promoted the largest public library
map collection in the United States. Under Ms. Hudson, it has become the most-used
public maproom in the world, with more than 7,000 visitors last year. It holds
over 400,000 maps, 16,000 atlases, books, globes, and a computer mapping station
with electronic atlases and other reference tools. It has New York City maps
and atlases that document the changing city from the 17th century to the present.
In addition to her managerial duties, she teaches, serves at the reference
desk and rotates night and weekend duty.
- Parnel Legros, Physical Education Teacher, Gateway Intermediate
School 364, Brooklyn Board of Education, is a physical education teacher
in a school that does not have a gymnasium. An Olympic athlete, Mr. Legros
says his purpose is to raise the life expectations of the 350 7th an 8th graders
at his school. He is admired and respected by his colleagues, students, their
parents and community leaders, for developing good students and good athletes,
and for his unfailing dedication to the school and to the future of his students.
He runs an after-school judo club, members of which have won medals at regional
and national tournaments.
- Alan Leidner, Director, Citywide Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications; Wendy
Dorf, Geographic Systems Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection;
Richard Steinberg, Director of Geographic Systems, Department
of City Planning. These are three individuals who have long and distinguished
careers in New York City government, totaling 78 years. Together they have
created something colossal for this City: the NYCMAP, probably the most complex,
detailed urban map ever created. Mr. Leidner was working at the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) when he visualized the benefit that a single
City map would provide to help coordinate all City services. He brought together
diverse agencies, people, and professions to share knowledge and work cooperatively
for years, overcoming great obstacles to bring the vision to fruition. Wendy
Dorf works with over 25 staffers and consultants and is her agency's prime
mover in coordinating the mapping activities of the City's infrastructure.
She oversees the implementation of the new technology used to realize the
NYCMap. Richard Steinberg, a mathematician, systems programmer and
city planner, spearheaded the creation of several critical and remarkable
databases and maps that are used by over 30 City agencies. He provided the
technical expertise required to create NYCMAP.
"These City employees have made concrete, measurable and important contributions
to the quality of life in New York City that deserve our praise, respect and
admiration," said Dr. Mary McCormick, President of the Fund for the City
of New York. "With their unswerving dedication to excellence, they enrich
the lives of all New Yorkers and demonstrate the highest ideals of public service."
The Public Service Award has been a program of the Fund for the City of New
York for 27 years. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has helped support the program
for the last 15 years. This year's seven award winners were chosen from more
than 250,000 people who work for the City of New York. Each winner will receive
a cash prize of $7,500, as well as an original drawing by Niculae Asciu depicting
the work they each do.
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