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Volume XXVIII, Number 5936
Thursday, Sep 05, 2013

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Betty Ann Thomas and Eileen Remor are the Management Employees of the Month for July.

Betty Ann began her career with NYC Parks in 2006. Two years later, she began her first tour here at the Arsenal. She has since been brought back on numerous occasions, as her skills are an ideal match for the Arsenal, which is home to NYC Parks, the City Parks Foundation, the Historic House Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Society. In her current role as the senior CSA PEP Officer at the Arsenal, Betty Ann Thomas ensures the safety of all Arsenal staff, visitors, and tourists. In addition, she mentors her fellow PEP Officers.

Eileen began her career with Parks in 1999 as an Outreach Coordinator in Queens and Manhattan. In 2001, she became the Volunteer Events Manager. She was named the Director of Arsenal Operations in May 2013. In this role, Eileen manages the operations of the Arsenal and Zoo Garage, in addition to supervising the Event, Library and PEP CSA staff. She also manages the Arsenal calendar which includes internal, public, and private events. Eileen also serves as a liaison to community groups, partner organizations, and the general public.

On Friday, July 19, a lost purse was discovered in the Park and turned in to Officer Thomas, who immediately initiated the return of the item to its owner. It was evident that whoever lost this purse would be quite interested in its return, as the purse contained upwards of $10,000 in cash, a birth certificate, credit cards, an identification card, a microfiche of medical records, and other assorted documents and personal items.

The purse was given to Eileen who started to get the word out to Central Park Zoo security and Arsenal Staff. One of the employees she told, Arasely Caraballo, encountered a member of the Zoo security staff and told him that a purse had been found. This staff member returned, confirming that the purse fit a lost and found description they received. The purse was returned to a shaken up, yet delighted, owner and the problem was resolved in a timely manner. The immediate actions and sound judgment of Betty Ann and Eileen are indicative of the efficiency and dependability of our staff.

For their incredible reliability and teamwork, Betty Ann and Eileen were nominated by Chief of Staff Dawnette Zuniga and Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach Larry Scott Blackmon.

Gabriel Simon is the Commissioner’s Employee of the Month for July.

Gabe began his career at Parks in 2008 as a Clerical Associate for the Central Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources division.

Gabe was tasked with the handling of all correspondence received by the division. Not only did he answer constituent concerns, but he developed a division-level tracking system to ensure that no concern went unanswered. In February of 2009, he took on additional responsibilities within his department. He became Parks’ liaison to 311 for forestry-related customer service matters. In the last two years alone he has directly handled over 4,000 letters.

Gabe reorganized the correspondence writing system for his division. He took a complex job with thousands of communiqués each year and created a highly manageable format. This is in part due to his excellent organizational skills, but also because he's a very good writer and a very hard worker.

Presently, he remains in his role as Correspondence Liaison, but he has taken on even more responsibility at Central Forestry. He is now an integral part of grant management for the Natural Resources Group, where his organizational skills and attention to detail have proven to be invaluable.

Gabe is a tireless, fastidious, and organized worker. He is well liked and an integral part of the division.

For his excellent work, Gabe was nominated by Bram Gunther, Chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources and Commissioner White.


“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

Mark Twain
(1835 - 1910)

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