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Astorino On…National Disability Employment Awareness Month

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today congratulated dozens of employees with disabilities who have excelled in their jobs as well as the businesses that hired them during the National Disability Employment Awareness Month Breakfast. “It is always a pleasure to recognize those individuals who have overcome obstacles and succeeded at their jobs,” Astorino said. “It is also a tribute to those businesses that have done so much to support employees with disabilities in Westchester. Congratulations are deserved for all involved.”

Photo: County Executive Robert P. Astorino congratulates TJ Marchase, from Mamaroneck, during the National Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast in Tarrytown on Oct. 6, 2017.

The County Executive also used the event as an important opportunity to unveil a new public service announcement about emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. Filmed as part of Emergency Preparedness Month in conjunction with Westchester Independent Living Center, United Way 2-1-1, and various Westchester County departments, the video highlights four key points of being prepared in an emergency: make a plan, build a kit, be informed, get involved. View the video at www.westchestergov.com.

“This is a great step towards personal preparedness for people with disabilities,” said Joe Bravo, executive director of Westchester Independent Living Center. “I want to thank the County Executive for his willingness to work with the disabled community in further developing these types of initiatives.”

Today’s breakfast and ceremony at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown recognized 39 employees and 32 employers from throughout Westchester County.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino congratulates Joseph Lombardozzi, from Mamaroneck, during the National Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast in Tarrytown on Oct. 6, 2017. Each year the Westchester Employment Network, a group of vocational placement counselors and rehabilitation professionals, asks local employers for nominations of disabled workers who have performed exceptionally well. Every nominated worker is invited to the breakfast and presented with a Certificate of Achievement from County Executive Astorino. Their employers also receive certificates to thank them for promoting diversity in the workplace.

The National Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast is co-sponsored by the Westchester County Office for People with Disabilities, ACCES-VR (Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services) and the Westchester Employment Network.

The following businesses and organizations are on the 2017 Local Employer Honor Roll:

ABB Optical Group

ACME

AMC Lowes, Port Chester

American Maintenance

Ardsley Wash & Dry

Barnes & Noble

Berkley College, Westchester

Best Buy, Yonkers

Burger King, Elmsford

Carriage House Flowers

City Center 15: Cinema de Lux

Cortlandt Dept. of Environmental Services

Fairway Market

New Rochelle Library

FlagHouse

FLIK Compass-US at the EF Academy

Foodtown Market Hastings on the Hudson

Goodwill Greenburgh

Multiplex Hampton Inn, Yonkers

Hudson Pharmacy

KMART, Yorktown Heights

Marshalls, Hartsdale

ShopRite, Scarsdale

Stop & Shop, Port Chester

Target, White Plains

The Container Store

TJ Max, Hartsdale

TOPS

Westchester County Dept. of Parks & Recreation

Westchester Institute for Human Development

Westchester Marriott

Westchester Road Runner

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