Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part III)
Bill LaCurtis is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for October.
Bill joined Parks in June 1987 as a Recreation Specialist. He has been a dedicated member of the Recreation Team ever since, serving as a Recreation Supervisor and Deputy Center Manager before becoming Center Manager in 2008.
Bill is currently the Center Manager for the Greenbelt Recreation Center. He is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of Staten Island’s largest Recreation Center with more than 3,500 active members. These duties include facility management, grounds-keeping oversight, and staff scheduling.
Bill’s contributions go beyond his job description. He is one of Staten Island’s borough trainers for the Parks Academy as well as Staten Island’s “Green Guru.” Additionally, Bill holds a weekly astronomy program called “Starry, Starry Night,” which is open to members of all ages interested in learning about celestial bodies. All who attend leave with a twinkle in their eye.
You might have recognized Bill at the recent spectacular Pumpkin Festival Haunted House, where he served as the ferocious and scary greeter at the entrance. His Parkie Green face paint and spooky voice set the tone for the successful event.
Bill lives in Staten Island with his wife Marie. He is the three-time champion of the Richmond County Fair hot dog eating contest. Bill is also an avid plastic flamingo collector, and adorns his lawn with his flock.
For his enthusiasm and commitment, Bill was nominated by Public Programs Chief of Staff Paul Fontana and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.
Randee Stewart and Tiburtius Roberts are the Capital Employees of the Month for October.
Randee is a Consultant Design Project Manager and Ty is a Senior Construction Project Manager with the Brooklyn Construction Team. They are both vital members of our team who are willing to go the extra mile to get the job completed on time and within budget.
Randee’s principal responsibility is to oversee the Consultant Design Firms for Brooklyn Capital Team Projects. She is currently the Consultant Project Manager for the Greenpoint/Williamsburg Masterplan. Her efforts are instrumental in the proposed project plans to build a continuous waterfront walkway that will offer increased public access to the water’s edge in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Randee always works efficiently and effectively with city agency officials and city council members, which makes her an even greater asset to us.
In his role as Civil Engineer, Ty has supervised long and short term contracts. His projects have included work at the Von King Cultural Arts Center and McCarren Pool. Ty is consistently successful in supervising detailed projects and will find ways to develop cost saving initiatives associated with those projects. He is energetic and has a special talent for troubleshooting and finding ways to resolve complicated issues.
Together, Ty and Randee have been working on Phase II of Bushwick Inlet Park. This project involved the construction of a new, state-of-the-art building. This facility will serve multiple functions including: activity space for the surrounding communities; a new District Headquarters for the City Parks Department; a new playground; and lots of walkways and paths for the public to use to access the waterfront.
Ty and Randee both demonstrate unrelenting energy, dedication, and persistence in completing all of their assignments on time and within budget.
For their incredible reliability and teamwork, Randee and Ty were nominated by Capital Queens Team Leader Joelle Bryer and Deputy Commissioner Therese Braddick.
Claudette Ramos is Management and Budget’s Employee of the Month for October.
Claudette has been an enthusiastic employee ever since she joined Parks in 2007 as a job developer in the Parks Opportunity Program.
In her current role as Outreach Coordinator in Queens, she has eagerly assumed a full plate of responsibilities. She serves as the Outreach Coordinator for much of the borough, where she cultivates relationships with individuals and community organizations committed to improving Queens parks. Earlier this year, Claudette was the sole Outreach Coordinator for the entire borough for nearly 7 months. During that time, she single-handedly coordinated thirty “It’s My Park Day” projects and coordinated a number of Hurricane Sandy relief projects along with other PFP and Parks staff.
But Claudette doesn’t stop there. In addition to her hard work for Community Outreach, Claudette spearheads numerous Partnership for Parks initiatives and serves as an intermediary between PFP and the Parks staff. Furthermore, her role as an EEO Counselor demonstrates her leadership capabilities. Her co-workers are drawn to her personable and professional manner.
Claudette stands out from other Parks and Recreation employees due to her strong problem solving and mediation skills. These traits were on display when she organized a meeting for a challenging volunteer at Detective Keith Williams Community Garden at Liberty Park in South Jamaica, Queens. The meeting was to make sure all involved parties were aware of each other’s efforts, actions, and future goals for the “Learning Garden.”
Claudette hails from Belize and can switch from English to Belizean Kriol in a blink of the eye. For her leadership and drive, Claudette was nominated by Partnerships for Parks Deputy Director Seth Jones and Deputy Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
Edward Sandford Martin
(1856 - 1939)