The New York City Department of Sanitation today honored nearly 200 women for their long term service and dedication to the Department, the city and the country. The women, some who have been employed by DSNY for more than 40 years, were awarded certificates in celebration of Women’s History Month.
The DSNY honored both uniformed and civilian employees, as well as women who have used their technical skills to help modernize the Department, the woman who helps organize the Department’s participation in a breast cancer research charity event and women who have been deployed in military service.
“We are very proud of the uniformed and civilian women who have found a career with the Department of Sanitation,” said DSNY Commissioner John J. Doherty. “Whether finding a job on the back of a truck or in an office, each and every one of these women have made invaluable contributions that have helped the DSNY become the great organization that it has become.”
Women joined the uniformed ranks of DSNY in 1986, and currently, about 200 are uniformed sanitation workers. In total, more than 800 women now find employment with the DSNY, in both uniformed and civilian positions.
At the ceremony, Teresa H. Neal, DSNY Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, noted “Years of service in any job is a significant accomplishment. It demonstrates duty to your jobs and a source of inspiration and support for your families. For our women civilian employees — whether you are in a downtown , borough, or district office — your dedication helps this agency complete its daily task to make New York one of the nation’s most livable big cities.”