The Hundred Year Association of New York honored the 2009 winners of the Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards and E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships in a special ceremony on December 16, 2009. Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha K. Hirst lead the event, held at One Police Plaza.
Each year, the Hundred Year Association reviews the achievements of City employees to identify those who, through dedication beyond their job descriptions, have provided outstanding service to the people of New York City. The Association also awards scholarships for the children of career civil servants. Winners are chosen by an Awards Committee. Recipients of the awards receive between $1,000 and $6,000. The 25 winners this year were granted $54,000.
“This year’s Public Service Award winners highlight the broad range of vital work that civil servants perform,” said Commissioner Hirst. “Whether they are improving public health, keeping students safe, or helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, our winners bring prestige to the City by going beyond their job descriptions to give New Yorkers the best possible service, every single day,” said Commissioner Hirst.
“For over 50 years, we’ve been proud to honor the City employees who make New York such a great place to live, work and play, and we are equally proud to support the education of so many deserving children of civil servants,” said Clinton W. Blume III, the President of the Association.
This year’s highest Public Service Award, a $6,000 award sponsored by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, went to Sharraine Franklin, a Public Health Educator for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ms. Franklin works in the South Bronx for the Public Health Detailing Program, which sends field workers out to the City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods to visit local physicians and share techniques for helping patients with critical public health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Her daily efforts embody the City’s mission to promote the health and mental health of all New Yorkers.
The largest scholarship, the $6,000 Charles E. Inniss College Scholar Award sponsored by National Grid, went to Tiffani Branch, who is a senior at Stony Brook University, where she is pursuing a degree in international relations and economics. Her mother, Noreen Branch, is an Educational Assistant for the Department of Education.