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Volume XXVIII, Number 5949
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Seamus Moloney is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for August.

Seamus began his career at Parks as a seasonal Playground Associate in 2000. His first position was at the original Alley Pond Adventure program. Seamus later became a year-round Recreation Specialist and was stepped up to serve as a seasonal Park Supervisor. Seamus has since been promoted to Deputy Center Manager of the newly-restored McCarren Play Center.

Before becoming Deputy Center Manager, Seamus worked closely with the Urban Park Rangers to create unique urban camping opportunities, in an effort to more closely integrate the Rangers and Recreation.

In his current role as Deputy Center Manager, Seamus is responsible for both maintenance and programming at the Center. Seamus has taken on many challenges, including managing a new staff and navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of pool programming. He also regularly works with the community to develop new and innovative programming. Thanks to his efforts, in less than two years the center already has well over 4,000 members!

Seamus has embraced the new Recreation Gift Card program. His efforts have led to McCarren selling more gift cards than any other center citywide (Seamus himself has already sold 65 gift cards).

Seamus has an extremely positive attitude and a drive to be the best manager he can be. He leads by example, and helps to mold young staff into exemplary Parkies who will be leaders within the Agency for years to come. He encourages them to participate in their own fitness challenges by working out together, practicing healthy eating habits, and making overall good health choices. The staff at McCarren have truly embodied Recreation’s mission under his guidance. The center is warm and inviting, thanks to the welcoming vibe that Seamus has created.

Seamus is a lifelong hockey player and coach, and dedicates a lot of time to his community. He lives in Queens with his wife and twin boys.

For his hard work and dedication, Seamus was nominated by Chief LeRoy Temple and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.

Chris Behle and Arthur Burgess are the Capital Employees of the Month for August.

Chris began his career with Parks in December of 2009 and is currently a Resident Engineer for Queens where he oversees daily construction activities. Arthur started working with Parks in July of 2005 and is currently a Resident Engineer/Associate Project Manager I for Queens.

Chris and Arthur were both asked to represent the Agency in the Rockaways this summer, where they have worked together to oversee the ongoing construction of the boardwalk “islands.” Their role is to guarantee that construction is completed according to our Agency’s standards. They do this by ensuring that contractors are adhering to the drawings and specifications outlined in the blueprints. They also resolve on-site issues when needed in the field, and act as liaisons between Construction and Design. This saves valuable time and capital funds by resolving problems immediately.

In addition to his ongoing work at the “islands,” Chris continues to cover other Rockaway construction projects. He is dedicated to resolving construction issues, and is tenacious in following up with both designers and contractors. Chris is a licensed P.E. who enjoys the outdoors by hiking and occasionally riding his bike to work from Brooklyn.

Thanks to his previous experience in overseeing a complex Rockaway PlaNYC project, Arthur has brought invaluable knowledge to this new endeavor. He is detail-oriented, level-headed, and communicates well with both contractors and his fellow Parks employees. Arthur is also very dedicated to his family.

For their incredible reliability and teamwork, Chris and Arthur were nominated by Capital Queens Team Leader Joelle Bryer and Deputy Commissioner Therese Braddick.


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(1874 - 1963)
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