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Volume XXVII, Number 5750
Tuesday, Dec 04, 2012

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Jordan Smith is Capital’s Employee of the Month for October.

Jordan is an Assistant Landscape Architect and began his career with Parks in October 2006. Jordan is the Senior Project Manager to Chief Engineer Natoli and is assigned to manage complex citywide construction projects.

Jordan is currently assigned to coordinating emergency consultant contracts to assess park properties and facilities at Rockaway Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, and Shore Parkway Bike and Pedestrian Pathway. He is also implementing designs and contract documents for immediate clean up and safety measures at these facilities following the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Beginning immediately after the storm, Jordan was assigned the task of coordinating the assignment of capital staff including resident engineers, designers, and project managers to Forestry to assist with tree assessments, the supervision of tree contractors and situational assessments for the agency the weekend after the storm. Jordan was thrown into a fast moving and complicated situation and very quickly figured out how to best match the right people with the right tasks which has been critical in Forestry’s response to the multitude of service requests from the storm. In addition to these tasks (which are currently beginning to slowly wind down), Jordan has taken the assignment to oversee the consultant team responsible for site inspections and implementation of designs for emergency safety precautions at some of our most affected locations.

Jordan has worked around the clock, through weekends and holidays, to ensure that field forces are organized and perform efficiently. He routinely accepts difficult assignments with a very positive outlook for success. The projects he led and continues to lead after the storm were taken on without hesitation and his positive attitude and growing confidence spreads to those working around him.

In his spare time, Jordan is an avid boater and fishing enthusiast. For his extraordinary efforts during these difficult circumstances, Jordan was nominated by Deputy Commissioner Therese Braddick.

The Operations’ Employees of the Month for October are members of the Queens Forestry team.

They are:
Gerod Allums, who has been with Parks since April 2008;
Eric Clyde, who has been with Parks since March 2005;
Daniel DeMilto, who has been with Parks since July 2007;
Roland Dhrami, who has been with Parks since July 1998;
Norman Robinson, who has been with Parks since October 2001;
Joseph Rocioppi, who has been with Parks since January 1997;
Terrence Schild, who has been with Parks since November 2007;
James Schultz, who has been with Parks since September 1997; &
Rory Verga, who has been with Parks since September 1981.

There are many stories of employees going beyond the call during Hurricane Sandy. This one comes to us from Queens.

On Monday night, October 29, in the height of the storm, Queens Forestry received a request for assistance from the NYPD 109 Pct. due to a giant tree falling on a house located in Flushing on 166 Street. Many of our forestry staff citywide had stayed overnight during the storm to be in position to respond to emergency conditions. Upon hearing the news, this forestry crew sprang into action to remove this downed tree, braving severe weather conditions including high winds and rain. Living in the house was Tony Laino, a 29 year old male, along with his family. All family members escaped injury except for Mr. Laino who was pinned by the weight of the tree and subsequently passed away. Mr. Laino unfortunately fell victim to the storm despite the crew’s exhaustive efforts for his survival.

Terrence and Eric operated the bucket truck, while Joseph and Roland operated the loader. Norman, Gerod, Daniel, and James worked inside the house under the supervision of Rory. Deputy Chief of Operations Phil Sparacio and other Forestry staffers were also involved in responding to this case.

For their heroics and dedication to the job under extreme and difficult circumstances, they were nominated by First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.


Parks will be hosting a Blood Drive in he Arsenal 3rd Floor Gallery from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 & Friday, December 7.

Help Save A Life! Did You Know?
• The average adult has 8—12 pints of blood and can easily spare one pint.
• By donating one unit (that’s about one pint) of blood, you can help save several lives. How? By separating each donation into its components: red blood cells (for anemia); white blood cells (for leukemia); plasma (for burns); cryoprecipitate (for hemophilia) and platelets (for internal bleeding)
• Only 5% of eligible donors actually give blood. We need more eligible donors like you to change that statistic and make a difference!

Employees who donate blood will earn 3 hours of Comp Time and will be given some snacks to regain energy. Most importantly, you will get the satisfaction that comes with knowing that you saved another life.

For more information, please contact Tarice Harris at 212-830-7815.


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to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”

Franklin P. Jones

(1908 - 1980)
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