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Industry Star of the Month

Habibah Ali-Love, Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

Habibah Ali-LoveNovember 1, 2011 - With a smile on her face and a friendly greeting for everyone she meets, customer service is second nature to Habibah Ali-Love. That���s why she was so surprised when she found out she was this year���s recipient of the Mayor���s Excellence in Customer Service Award. ���Customer service is an everyday kind of thing for me, not just a 9-5 thing,��� she said.

���It���s an honor,��� she said when she learned she was receiving the award. Customer service is a key part to her role as the insurance associate at the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, greeting customers both in office and over the phone and reviewing the insurance certificates submitted to the agency.

���Word of mouth is a powerful advertisement,��� said Ali-Love. ���I want people to know we are a friendly City agency. We can answer your questions, and if we don���t have the answers, we can guide you in the right direction.���

As the office transitions to the online permit system, much of Ali-Love���s interaction with customers is done solely over the phone. Her focus now is to adjust to using her voice to help customers and residents on the phone and instructing the interns she oversees to do the same. ���We treat everyone with the same level of respect. We cater not just to professionals, but to students and residents as well.���

Ali-Love���s road to OFTB started one day during college while she was earning a degree in filmmaking and art history from Pratt Institute. One of her classes featured a guest presentation about the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. ���It was the first time I learned about how to go about filming in the City,��� she remembered. ���Then they talked about the internship program, and it hit me: that���s where I belong.���

After interning with the office for a year, she was brought on as an insurance associate. She���s now been with the office for almost three years. ���It���s so rewarding. It���s been my first professional experience and has given me the opportunity to be around so many remarkable people.���

She grew up in Bed-Stuy among a community of artists that included her own family; her mother is a dancer, and her father and brother are musicians. A dancer her entire life, Ali-Love has even taken her love of Afro-Cuban music across the globe and has danced with the National Ballet in Africa.

She���s also a filmmaker. ���There���s a whole world of film here. New York is huge.���

Industry Star

Margarita Acevedo, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
John Battista, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park
Steven Holtzman, Canal Creatures Productions

Jennifer Lenihan, Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Lynne Meadow, Manhattan Theatre Club
Thomas O'Donnell, Local 817
Katy Finch, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Meredith Conti, Grand Central Terminal

Gino Lucci, Picture Cars East
Habibah Ali-Love, OFTB
McCord Fitzsimmons, Former OFTB Intern
Lis Pearson, New York Public Library
Veronica Miles, EcoSet
Lisa Rubin, Hudson River Park Trust
Mari Jo Winkler, PGA Green
Michael Super, Coney Island, Parks and Recreational Manager
Caroline Stephenson, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Lisa Lucas, Tribeca Film Institute

Harriet Taub, Material for the Arts
David Moy, OFTB
Fred Cerullo, Grand Central Partnership
Marge Feinberg, DOE
Nate Grove, Marinas
Frank Gribbon, FDNY
Jeffrey Sangrund, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Javonne Parker, Staten Island Ferry
Justin Green, Build It Green! NYC
Tom Ross, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Eric Peterson, Randall's Island
Connie Fitzgerald, Department of Environmental Protection

Joey Violante, Technicolor
Stephanie Argamaso, OFTB
Vito Turso, DSNY
Elizabeth Rapuano, Governor's Island
Estelle Cooper, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Alvah Holmes, Former MOFTB Intern
Dana Kuznetzkoff, Line Producer
Eva Radke, Film Biz Recycling
Karen Meyerhoff, Guggenheim
Meredith Rothstein, Roseland Ballroom
Charlotte St. Martin, The Broadway League

The Artists Company
Celina Sze, OFTB
Sharon Jensen, The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
Terence Gray, New York Television Festival
Sam Levy, Summer Play Festival
Wes French, General Services Administration
Tom Maiorano, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Joan Cooney, South Street Seaport
Jeannine Marotta, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
Brooke Smy, Tishman Speyer
Elliott Kerman, Tax Credit Accountant

Matthew Kania, Assistant Location Manager
Lieutenant Joe Lassen, Movie/TV Unit
In Memoriam - Nancy Littlefield
Ivory Henderson-Robb, Department of Transportation
Jack Powers, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Robin Forst, Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center
Kitty Preston, CUNY Locations
Liz Carollo, Greenmarket
Donna Masly, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Sean Jones, New York City Department of Corrections
Sheila Greene, NYCHA

Ralph Musolino, Parks and Recreation
Rick Cotton, NBC Universal
Joe Fontao, Location Manager
Gretchen McGowan, HDNet Films/Open City Films
Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance
Erika Feldman, Theatre Row
Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" PA
Denise Motta, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Terry Lawler, New York Women in Film and Television
Monty Ross, 40 Acres and a Mule

Pat White, Local 764
Michelle Byrd, Independent Feature Project
Matt Miller, AICP
Kyle McCarthy, MTA Metro-North
Jeannette Pinero, Department of Correction
Bambi Brook, Dawn Animal Agency
Andy Nagy, NYCHA
Juan Rosario, HPD
James J. Claffey, Jr., IATSE Local One
Mac Brown, Producer
Cheryl Hodge, VTU
Llewellyn Wells, Executive Producer
Lawrence Major, Parks and Recreation

Ken Konfong, Economic Development Corporation
Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Producer
Caroline Baron, FilmAid International
Thomas O'Donnell Sr., Local 817
Drew Jiritano, Special Effects Coordinator
Carla Rajj, Location Manager
Al Cerullo, Film Pilot
James Lauer, FDNY
Dan Mercado, Parks and Recreation
Rebecca Seale, DCAS
Alberteen Anderson, MTA
Joseph Ellis, NYPD
Peter Basich, DOT
Richie Silverman, NYPD