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Celina Sze, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

Celina Sze November 3, 2008, - For the past two years, a familiar sight has greeted permit applicants upon their arrival at the Mayor���s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting ��� that of Celina Sze, the permit reception coordinator.

���Doors open at 9am,��� said Celina, ���I���m there regulating the traffic flow of people and the paperwork that comes through.��� She also ensures the interns she oversees are learning as much as they can.

���I want to make the customers��� time here as pleasant as possible.��� Many of those applying for permits are industry veterans, she noted, while others are sent to the film office on their first day of work and need additional guidance.

���It���s all a balancing act,��� explained Celina. ���Yes, it can seem chaotic at times, but there���s a moment at the end of the day when everyone���s gotten their permits and there���s a real feeling of accomplishment.���

In October, Celina was honored with a customer service award by Mayor Bloomberg at a reception in City Hall that capped off Customer Service Week. Celina was nominated by her co-workers because of her excellent people skills and her ability to effectively communicate with MOFTB customers.

Celina wasn���t expecting the award, but was pleasantly surprised to receive it. ���I was very touched.��� During Customer Service Week, visitors to MOFTB were treated to daily trivia contests and completed surveys detailing their experiences applying for permits.

Celina first interned with MOFTB in 2003. A fortuitous meeting at the aptly titled restaurant Serendipity a few years later reconnected her with the MOFTB staffer who hired her as an intern.

Recently promoted to the position of permit coordinator, Celina is now overseeing the permit applications for a number of projects. "I���m very excited about being a permit coordinator," she added. "I look forward to working closely with productions to achieve their goals and keeping things made in New York."

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2010
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2008
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2007
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Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" PA
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2005
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