FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND SANITATION COMMISSIONER JOHN J. DOHERTY APPOINT 540 NEW SANITATION WORKERS
180 Supervisory Personnel Promoted, and Acts of Bravery Honored
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner John J. Doherty today administered the Oaths of Office to 540 newly hired Sanitation Workers. The Mayor and Sanitation Commissioner also awarded Medals of Valor to 13 employees for acts of bravery and distinguished service and swore in nearly 160 newly promoted supervisory personnel to the ranks of General Superintendent and Sanitation Supervisor. The Ceremony was held at the Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.
"I want to congratulate the 540 new members of the Sanitation Department and commend the entire Department on it 75th Anniversary," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Your Herculean effort in collecting thousands of tons of daily residential trash, cleaning our streets, and plowing snow from our 6,000 miles of roads earns you the title 'New York's Strongest.' Your 75-year tradition of commitment to New York City has made it one of the cleanest, healthiest, and safest cities in the world."
"Known as New York's 'diamond in the rough,' Sanitation celebrates its 75th Diamond Anniversary ensuring that our City shines bright and remains clean and safe," said Commissioner Doherty. "Our 75- year-old commitment to service grows as we add 540 new Sanitation Workers, elevate nearly 160 deserving individuals to upper supervisory ranks, and acknowledge meritorious service and acts of bravery. The Department of Sanitation is a family with a proud tradition of excellence and New York's Strongest looks forward to serving this great City in the future."
Gold Medals of Valor Winners:
Silver Medals of Valor Winners:
Bronze Medals of Valor Winners:
On July 14, 2004, while traveling northbound on the Whitestone Expressway on relay duty, Sanitation Workers Dominick Cassar witnessed a car traveling in the center lane lose control and strike the center divider. SW Cassar immediately stopped his truck, halted traffic, and helped the car's passenger and driver to safety along the side of the road. Sanitation Worker Cassar remained with the driver and passenger until the Police arrived.
Distinguished Service Certificates:
On August 2, 2004, as Sanitation Workers Pino Augello and Dennis Palazzola were on street cleaning operations in the Elmhurst section of Queens, they picked up a garbage bag and what appeared to be a toy gun fell out of the bag. Upon further examination, the Sanitation Workers realized it was an automatic weapon. The sanitation workers secured the weapon and turned it over to the Police.
On July 20, 2004, Sanitation Workers John Petrone and Wilfredo Mendina discovered a bag in the hopper of their truck containing a rifle, two boxes of ammunition and hunting knife. The Sanitation Workers pulled the weapons from the hopper and turned them over to the Police.
Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958
Vito Turso (Sanitation)
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