2009 Isaac Liberman Public Service Award Winners

Sharraine FranklinSharraine Franklin
Public Health Educator
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Sharraine Franklin works in the Public Health Detailing Program, which sends field workers out to the City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods to improve the health of residents. Ms. Franklin visits doctors’ offices in the South Bronx to share techniques for helping patients with critical public health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Her daily efforts embody the agency’s mission to promote the health and mental health of all New Yorkers.

Douglas CruzDouglas Cruz
School Safety Agent
Police Department

The Chief-Civil Service Leader

At Christopher Columbus High School in The Bronx, Agent Cruz serves as advisor to Law Enforcement Explorers Post No. 2436. He coaches the school’s color guard and organizes events with the Police Athletic League that build character and self-respect in students.

Henry EhrhardtHenry Ehrhardt
Deputy Director, Community Affairs
Department of Sanitation

The Bank of New York Mellon

Henry Ehrhardt led an initiative to digitally map the City’s trash and recycling collection routes, so that residents can now easily learn their neighborhood’s next scheduled pickup by visiting nyc.gov or calling 311. Outside of work, Mr. Ehrhardt is a longtime member of the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Queens.

Hope HenryHope Henry
School Safety Agent
Police Department

John Gallin & Son, Inc.

At Middle School 53 in Far Rockaway, Queens, Agent Henry fosters leadership and community service in the school’s eighth-graders by leading them in after-school and weekend activities. In the past year, Agent Henry convened the school’s first-ever spelling bee and started a “hospitality committee” to assist disadvantaged students.

Evette RobinsonEvette Robinson
Director, Customer Service Center
Department of Small Business Services

Brooklyn Bar Association

Evette Robinson applies her experience and insight as a 37-year veteran of City government to help local businesses thrive. She plays a key role in assisting users of NYC Business Express, the one-stop website offering comprehensive information about hundreds of permits, licenses, and business incentives available in the City.

John TweddleJohn Tweddle
Department of Parks and Recreation

Henry W.T. Mali and Company, Inc.

John Tweddle is the Gardener for the Carl Schurz Park, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Mr. Tweddle has led a horticultural transformation at the 14.9-acre park, while also building a strong community, by welcoming neighborhood volunteers, students from nearby elementary schools, and hosting new programs for children with special needs.

Melvin AlstonMelvin Alston
Community Coordinator

Administration for Children’s  Services

Hagedorn & Company

Melvin Alston works with neighborhood organizations to develop new strategies for reducing foster care placements by helping families thrive. He is a co-founder of Harlem Men Stand Up, which provides support services to men raising children and encourages commitment to fatherhood.

Kristin EngKristin Eng
Program Producer
Fire Department

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker

Kristin Eng works in the Fire Department’s Audio-Visual Unit. She visits fire scenes to capture footage needed for effective training programs. She created a DVD to showcase the FDNY’s new strategies for combating fires in high-rise buildings. The project received a $1.4 million federal grant to continue the research, which could help fire departments across the country.

Photo courtesy FDNY

Brendan JohnsonBrendan Johnson
Police Officer
Police Department

Roman Stone Construction Company

Police Officer Brendan Johnson brings smiles and laughter to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House of New York.  Officer Johnson regularly takes time before his evening patrol shift to drive groups of children to outings such as baseball games, zoo visits and park trips.

Oksana LvovaOksana Lvova

Associate Staff Analyst
Office of Payroll Administration

New York University

Associate Staff Analyst Oksana Lvova improved the efficiency of human resources functions across the government by creating an online library of the City’s complex time and leave regulations. The virtual collection brings together over 300 documents that previously had been dispersed among multiple agencies.

Photos by Charlie T. Photography