York, Dec. 18, 2008
– New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert
W. Walsh this week joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robert C.
Lieber, Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha K.
Hirst and others in congratulating the winners of this year’s Hundred Year
Association Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards and E. Virgil Conway College
Scholar Awards held at One Police Plaza on Tuesday, December 16,
seventh consecutive year, SBS is proud that one of its employees has been
recognized for exemplary devotion to public service. This year’s recipient Narda Amarilla-Fernandez, a Senior
Budget Analyst at SBS, joins 18 City employees and 23 sons and daughters of City
employees, who received cash prizes and scholarships totaling nearly
$70,000. Narda received a $1,000
award sponsored by The Bank of New York
applaud Narda for her commitment to public service. During her 14 years with
SBS, she has always shown an unfailing willingness to take on new
responsibilities, tackle new challenges and perform them skillfully,” said SBS
Commissioner Walsh. “She truly deserves this award for all her hard work and
contributions to this Agency and the City. The dedication demonstrated by
Narda and the previous award recipients have improved the way SBS serves New
proud of a running track record of Isaac Liberman Public Service Award
Recipients for the past six years. The previous winners are Brenda Snider
(2007), Eddy Eng (2006), Haleena Nalevanko (2005), Charles Houston (2004), Lynn
Roberts (2003) and Bernadette Nation (2002). All the recipients are
currently employed at SBS.
Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) primary mission is to make it
easier for businesses in New York
City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct
assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial
districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. Many of
the services provided to businesses, neighborhood organizations, and jobseekers
are delivered through organizations that contract with SBS.
joining SBS in 1994 as an unpaid intern, Narda has continued to demonstrate
competence across multiple areas at SBS. She has continually exemplified what it
means to go the extra mile to get the job done.
current position as the Senior Budget Analyst, Narda executes a variety of
functions critical to Agency operations.
On a daily basis, many of the transactions that occur at SBS are
successful because she has skillfully liaised with the Mayor’s Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) and the Comptroller to agree to the funding or
registration of contracts. Her role
in this process is the critical element that allows SBS to move forward with the
registration of the contracts that support Agency programs. She is also tasked with tracking the
Agency’s $48 million budget of federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) grant
funding. She has a vast knowledge
of the various units she interacts with and often works across multiple units to
get the job done. Her ability to work across agency units helps SBS maximize the
use of funds to support our mission.
Amarilla-Fernandez is a resident of Woodside, Queens.
Hundred Year Association – founded in 1927 and composed of businesses,
professional, educational and charitable organizations that have been
in continuous operation in New York
over a century – has honored career civil service employees since 1958. In
addition, since 1971,the
Association has awarded college scholarships to the children of city employees
for outstandingacademic achievement and community
year, the Hundred Year Association reviews the achievements of City employees to
identify those who, through dedication beyond their job descriptions, have
provided outstanding service to the people of New York City. Winners are chosen by a
committee composed of representatives of the Association and Commissioners
Hirst, Commissioner Martha E. Stark and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty
as representatives of the City. The Association also awards scholarships for the
children of career civil servants. Recipients of the awards receive between
$1,000 and $6,000.
Association’s awards are augmented by member-sponsored awards funded by: The
York Mellon; Bowne & Co.;
Brooklyn Bar Association; Caleb Haley &
Company; The Chief-Civil
Service Leader; Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.; Cushman &
Real Estate; Dancker, Sellew & Douglas; The Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of
E-JElectric Installation Co.; Elaine Wingate Conway; Emmet,
Marvin & Martin LLP; The ForwardFoundation; Geneva Worldwide; Hagedorn & Company; Henry
W.T. Mali and Company; TheHotel
Wales; James Thompson & Co., Inc.; John Gallin & Son, Inc.; Leys,
Christie & Co., Inc.;Modell’s Sporting Goods, Inc.; National Grid; The New York Post;
New York University; The Okin Family; Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker; Ralph
K. Smith; Richmond County Savings Bank; Roman Stone Construction Co.; Rosenwach
Tank Co.; Finance Commissioner Martha E. Stark and the Stark Family; The Steere
Family Foundation; and Tiger Baron Foundation.