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Volume XXVIII, Number 5991
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Christopher Acebo is the Management and Budget Employee of the Month for September.
Chris was hired in September of 2008 as a web designer for the Parks Intranet. Approximately one year later, he was promoted to Project Manager.
In his current position, Chris maintains all content and assists with design work for the Parks Intranet in addition to working on application projects within the IT Department. He also helps to maintain content for the SharePoint Division sites that allow Parkies to upload and easily share documents with their colleagues.
When the redesigned intranet first went live in April of 2012, it received rave reviews. But Chris continued to explore new features and ways to improve the look and feel of the finished product. He found ways to use the intranet to promote Parks events and other initiatives presented by different departments.
Chris and his team have been showered with accolades by DoITT’s “Excellence in Technology Awards Program.” In 2008 they were awarded the “Best In-House Developed Application” for their work on the Urban Park Service’s UPStar application. Two years later, they were presented with the “Driving Digital Government Award” for the Asset Management Parks System, or AMPS. AMPS created a centralized view of our agency’s assets and helped to achieve greater efficiency in our operations. Chris was instrumental in the development of the design portion of this application.
Chris has a strong understanding of the needs of projects and a keen ability to translate that into effective results. He is an organized individual who is able to work under pressure and execute his projects in a timely manner.
Chris recently joined the POP mentoring program, and looks forward to participating. He is a talented artist, with a particular flair for designing his own Halloween costumes. He also has a craving for adventure, exemplified by his skydiving trips.
For his dedication, Christopher was nominated by Marty Brenner, Assistant Commissioner David Stark, and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.

Anthony Malone is the Commissioner’s Employee of the Month for September.
In the summer of 1993, Anthony began working for Parks as a seasonal CSA in Brooklyn. He became a CPW in April 2003 and a full time CPW in July 2006. He has been the Commissioner’s driver since 2005.
In his current role, Anthony is responsible for the safe, timely, and efficient transport of the Commissioner. He is responsible for the pre-planning of optimal driving routes, and must be ready to adjust at any moment due to changing conditions.
Anthony’s commitment to his job is always evident. It is commonplace to find him working a double shift at the Zoo Garage without complaint. Anthony always puts his best foot forward and continually looks for ways to better serve our agency. Almost on a daily basis you will find Anthony looking for additional assignments he can add to his slate of responsibilities.
Anthony went above and beyond in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He was always ready at a moment’s notice and managed to navigate through sometimes treacherous conditions with ease.
His enthusiasm for his job can only be matched by his love of football. He is an avid fan and is the go-to guy for the latest NFL news at Parks. His excellent sense of humor and good-natured personality make him a pleasure to work with and an invaluable member of our team.
For his hard work and dedication, Anthony was nominated by Deputy Chief of Staff Vicki Cerullo and Commissioner White.

Robert Pieretti is an Operations Employee of the Month for October.
Robert joined Parks in January 2009 and quickly became one of the Bronx’s finest tradesmen. He is currently the plumber for large areas of the borough, including the South Bronx, the Northeast Bronx, Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach.
He is responsible for repairing various leaks, mending plumbing fixtures, and clearing stoppages. He is also accountable for seasonal openings and shut downs at parks, playgrounds, and ball fields. During the winter, Robert is assigned to maintain heating systems.
Robert is extremely dedicated to his job. He completes an enormous amount of work despite the fact that some tasks are very complicated. As many of you know, it is no easy task keeping many of our old and antiquated boilers operating through the winter heating season. An erudite plumber, he will often research necessary products on his own time in order to complete a job. He has done an extensive amount of research on valves, commodes, and all kinds of machinery.
His infectious work ethic has improved his team’s overall performance. He has energized the plumbing staff in the Bronx which has significantly improved the water features in his borough.
Robert is committed to hard work. He is an outstanding employee and an asset to Bronx Shops. He is extremely courteous, hardworking, and has excellent skills that make him a role model for what all tradesmen should be.
For his consistent hard work and dedication, Robert was nominated by Bronx Supervisor of Mechanics Steven Yanolatos and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.

Pierre Aytch is an Operations Employee of the Month for October.
Pierre joined Parks’ ranks in July 2011 as a JTP assigned to District 7 in Queens. After Hurricane Sandy, Parks hired Pierre as a seasonal City Park Worker to assist with storm clean up. This past May, he was hired as a full time City Park Worker.
Pierre works primarily in Kissena Park, where he is responsible for the cleaning and trimming work in the park. He also assists with the opening and closing of comfort stations across his district, including the powering of spray showers during the hot summer months.
Pierre rose to the occasion in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, frequently volunteering to stay late to assist with the clean-up. This past summer, he again took the initiative and volunteered to cover for comfort station lock ups when assigned employees were not available.
Like a sculptor with marble, Pierre approaches his flora with artistry and expertise, working neatly while ensuring that his equipment stays in peak condition. His superb craftsmanship can be seen in the excellent trim work at Kissena Park, Martin's Field and Frank Golden Park.
He is driven and responsive, always taking the initiative when he sees a job that must be completed. He is always a pleasure to work with and has a great sense of humor.
For his diligence and dedication, Pierre was nominated by Park Supervisor Sibyelle Menendez and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

Steve Jobs
(1955 - 2011)

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