Award Presentation

Alan Nachman, Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board Vice Chairperson, presents the WIB Biennial Continuous Improvement Award to Keith Haarmann in the Outstanding Jobseeker category.

Japanese Researcher Visits the Town of Hempstead

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (center) presents an official Town of Hempstead Citation to Dr. Yuichiro Haruna, Ph.D. of Wakaba, Mihama-Ku Chiba, Japan (left), the Staff Researcher for the National Institute of Vocational Rehabilitation Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Haruna recently visited the Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources (DOOR) to learn about its HempsteadWorks Workforce Investment System. DOOR Deputy Commissioner Ana-Maria Hurtado (right) was also on hand to thank Dr. Haruna for visiting DOOR.

Connect Long Island Receives National Association of Workforce Boards Award.

The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) recently presented its 2011 W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award to the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT), based upon a nomination submitted by the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board (WIB). 

The award, which recognizes the accomplishments of the Connect Long Island Partnership, was recently presented at the NAWB National Conference to William Wahlig, Executive Director, LIFT, and Ana-Maria Hurtado, Commissioner/WIB Director, Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources (DOOR). 

Members of the Connect Long Island Executive Committee are pictured here with the award, including, from left: 

  • Barry Greenspan, Economic Development Program Administrator, New York State Empire State Development (NYSESD)
  • Kevin Robbins, Team Leader, New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
  • Andrea Lohneiss, NYSESD Long Island Regional Director
  • Roger Podd, Community Organization Specialist, Suffolk County Department of Labor (SCDOL)
  • Barry Feinsod, Administrative Director, SCDOL
  • Eugene Faber, WIB Director, Town of Oyster Bay Consortium
  • Ana-Maria Hurtado, Commissioner/WIB Director, DOOR
  • Edward Kenny, Planner, DOOR
  • William Wahlig, Executive Director, LIFT
  • Jamie Moore, Workforce Program Manager, LIFT
  • Julie Alegretti, Administrative Assistant, LIFT
  • Mark J. Grossman, Commissioner’s Regional Representative, NYSDOL.

Honoring 60 Years of Service on Long Island

Pictured, from left: Mark J. Grossman, Commissioner's Long Island Regional Representative; Kevin Robbins, Regional Manager, NYSDoL's Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions; Dorothy Bryant, Louis Meister, Ana-Maria Hurtado, Commissioner, HempsteadWorks, and; Gregory Becker, Deputy Commissioner, HempsteadWorks.

Two long-tenured DoL staff members based at our workforce partner HempsteadWorks were honored yesterday for their many years of service.  Dorothy Bryant, a 40 year employee, and Louis Meister, a 20 year employee, were each presented a certificate from State Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardner as part of NYSDoL’s Employee Recognition Program.

Commissioner/WIB Director Receives National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Award

Commissioner/WIB Director Receives National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Award

 

 

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) recently presented its 2010 Thomas Ahlers Systems Building Award to Ana-Maria Hurtado, Commissioner/WIB Director for the Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources and HempsteadWorks, at its Annual Conference. The requirements for this award include an individual’s efforts to create and enhance more effective systems of coordination, management, information or administration of workforce development programs and services. 

 

At a time when local workforce systems are being called upon to collaborate to transform regional economies, the accomplishments of the recipient are particularly relevant and valuable to emulate. Commissioner Hurtado has contributed to the overall growth and positive image of the workforce development profession by creating a vision to transform services beyond the boundaries of her organization’s catchment area. She is role model to workforce system leaders who can improve the universal access to and the quality of workforce services throughout a region by aligning organizations and leveraging resources toward commonly held and mutually beneficial goals.

 

Commissioner Hurtado has served as a key leader in several regional workforce development and economic transformation initiatives, includingConnect Long Island Partnership, the New York State Department of Labor Regional Economic Transformation Strategies (Request for Proposals 13-N) Grant Project, the U.S. Department of Labor Regional Innovation Grant Project, and more.

 

Under these initiatives and others, she successfully collaborated with leaders from the three Long Island Workforce Investment Boards, the New York State Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Economic Development, the Long Island Forum for Technology, the United Way of Long Island, Goodwill Industries, Education and Assistance Corporation, local businesses and many other organizations and individuals.

HempsteadWorks Donates to the Inn.

Demonstrating compassion is normal operating procedure for the staff of HempsteadWorks.  This attribute is combined with cutting-edge knowledge in the service of the over 25,000 individuals who visit the HempsteadWorks Career Center each year, seeking to find a job, attain occupational skills and develop their careers.  All of these tasks are more challenging these days, due to the tightened labor market.  Nevertheless, the kind of people who see a need and feel compelled to help, do so both as a vocation, and as an avocation.

With this in mind, it’s no surprise that this past June the HempsteadWorks staff collected clothing and food for the guests in the Interfaith Nutrition Networks’ Family Emergency Shelters, along with participants in the Long Term Housing Program.  Joseph L. Barry, Director of Fundraising for the Interfaith Nutrition Network (Inn), has thanked HempsteadWorks on behalf of the guests of the Mary Brennan Inn soup kitchen.  He stated that “those in the Long Term Housing Program will be presented with the housewarming baskets donated.”  

Mr. Barry also stated that “the staff and the guests of The Inn felt blessed by the special group of people from HempsteadWorks who look beyond their own needs and generously share with others.  Each donated item makes a big difference in the lives of those they help.”

Managing Economist Briefed by Long Island Workforce Leadership

Standing, from left: Barry Greenspan, Assistant Regional Director, Empire State Development; Edward Kenny, Planner, HempsteadWorks; Gregory Becker, Deputy Commissioner, HempsteadWorks; Kevin Robbins, NYSDoL DEWS Regional Manager; Eugene Faber, Director, Oyster Bay-North Hempstead-Glen Cove WIB; Frank Surdey; William Wahlig, Executive Director, Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT); Mark J. Grossman, NYSDoL Commissioner’s Long Island Regional Representative; Jamie Moore, Workforce Manager, LIFT. Seated, from left: Hermine Weisman, NYSDoL Business Services Associate Representative; Gary Huth, NYSDoL Labor Market Analyst; Julie Allegretti, Administrative Assistant, LIFT; Diane Muscarella, Marketing and Research Manager, LIFT, and; Ana-Maria Hurtado, Commissioner, HempsteadWorks

DoL Managing Economist Frank Surdey, joined Nassau-Suffolk workforce leadership this afternoon for a briefing on the Long Island Regional Innovation Grant. Surdey has statewide responsibility for economic development issues and is the lead person in the Division of Research & Statistics on renewable energy and green technology research.

Surdey was provided with an overview of the program, starting with the skills gap survey which identified the need for industry-specific training in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors for both incumbent workers seeking to improve their skills, and dislocated workers seeking employment. Through the grant, nearly 1,400 Long Island workers have received training over the past two years.

Tomorrow morning, Surdey will visit Suffolk County Community’s College’s Brentwood Campus and receive a tour of their recently-opened Manufacturing Technology Center.

HempsteadWorks Staff Participates in OPERATION LIVE UNITED - Supporting Military Families on Long Island.

HempsteadWorks Staff Participates in OPERATION LIVE UNITEDSupporting Military Families on Long IslandMembers of the HempsteadWorks staff participated in OPERATION LIVE UNITED, an initiative of United Way of Long Island. Under the initiative, United Way invited Long Islanders to salute the men and women who fight for our freedom, and their loved ones who encourage their journey, by making a monetary contribution and wearing a LIVE UNITED tee shirt on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Funds from this campaign will be used to help provide emergency financial assistance, employment/job training, and mental health counseling to returning military personnel. Proceeds from Operation Live United will benefit United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project. In partnership with local agencies, United Way is supporting programs that provide military personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan with emergency financial aid, counseling/case management help and job training/employment assistance. HempsteadWorks also supports military veterans with counseling services available at the HempsteadWorks Career Center.

HempsteadWorks Staff Participates in OPERATION LIVE UNITED - Supporting Military Families on Long Island.

HempsteadWorks Staff Participates in OPERATION LIVE UNITEDSupporting Military Families on Long IslandMembers of the HempsteadWorks staff participated in OPERATION LIVE UNITED, an initiative of United Way of Long Island. Under the initiative, United Way invited Long Islanders to salute the men and women who fight for our freedom, and their loved ones who encourage their journey, by making a monetary contribution and wearing a LIVE UNITED tee shirt on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Funds from this campaign will be used to help provide emergency financial assistance, employment/job training, and mental health counseling to returning military personnel. Proceeds from Operation Live United will benefit United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project. In partnership with local agencies, United Way is supporting programs that provide military personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan with emergency financial aid, counseling/case management help and job training/employment assistance. HempsteadWorks also supports military veterans with counseling services available at the HempsteadWorks Career Center.

 

HempsteadWorks Donates Food and Toys to the Interfaith Nutrition Network



 

Drawing by Isaiah Grant



This artistic rendition of Don Quixote was created by Isaiah Grant, who is currently seeking employment through the NY Youth Works Program at HempsteadWorks.

National Wear Red Day

HempsteadWorks staff supported the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 5, 2016

HempsteadWorks Participates in United Way’s "Stuff-A-Bus 2013

The HempsteadWorks staff demonstrated that their passion for education extends beyond the programs that they operate to a personnel level.  In advance of the coming school year, the staff donated school supplies to deserving children in local and underserved school districts through the “Stuff-A-Bus 2013” campaign, which is an initiative of United Way of Long Island.  The supplies donated included: Backpacks; Lunch Boxes; Marble Notebooks; Pocket Folders; Pens/Pencils; Rulers; Washable Markers; Pencil Cases; Crayons; Glue/Glue Sticks; Scissors and Hand Wipes.

YouthBuild Long Island extends its sincere appreciation to Ana-Maria Hurtado, HempsteadWorks.

 

Ivan Rodriguez, YouthLink Participant

 

Alvin Moss, Green and Lean Participant

 

Flag Day 2012

 


On Flag Day, June 18, 2012, HempsteadWorks staff participated in "Operation - Live United," joining the United Way of Long Island in helping military families.