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Department of Labor

Disability Employment Initiative

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is jointly funded and administered by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

This federally-funded disability employment service is available in the ten Career Centers listed below. The DOL provides seamless Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services and accessibility for everyone served in all NYS Career Centers, including individuals with disabilities.

The DEI’s purposes include the following:

  • Improve educational, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits, by refining and expanding already identified successful public workforce strategies;
  • Help these individuals with disabilities find a path into the middle class through exemplary and model service delivery by the public workforce system;
  • Improve coordination and collaboration among employment, training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels, including the expansion of the public workforce investment system's capacity to serve as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.

The Disability Resource Coordinator, among other responsibilities, will:

  • Help expand the workforce development system to serve as Employment Networks under the Ticket to Work program;
  • Provide services to Ticket Holders, as credentialed Benefits and Work Incentives Advisors;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and collaborative activities;
  • Help ensure that job seekers with disabilities access all of the different programs and services they need to meet their employment and asset development goals;
  • Assist with Career Center staff and partner training; and
  • Assist in maintaining and ensuring the accessibility of the Career Centers.

For more information about the DEI, visit https://dei.workforcegps.org/.

Special Populations Team - Staff Contact Information

E-Mail: [email protected]

Sara Harms
Special Populations Team DEI State Lead - Round 6 (Adult)
Workforce Programs Specialist
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, New York 12240
P: (518) 457-2369

Kerry Wiley
Special Populations Team DEI State Lead - Round 8 (Youth)
Workforce Programs Specialist
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, New York 12240
P: (518) 485-2588

Alan Gallagher
Special Populations Team Supervisor
Workforce Programs Specialist 3
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, New York 12240
P: (518) 457-2381

CountyDisability Resource CoordinatorEmployment Network

Albany

John Banas
[email protected]
P: (518) 270-2860

Career Central
175 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206

Broome

Randall Cook
[email protected]
P: (607) 778-6478

Broome County Career Center
171 Front Street
Binghamton, New York 13905

Cayuga

Emily Tortorici
[email protected]
P: (315) 253-1013

Cayuga Works Career Center
199 Franklin Street, Suite 204
Auburn, New York 13021

Chautauqua

Lori Fabritius
[email protected]
P: (716) 487-5127

Workforce Investment Board
4 E. 3rd Street, Suite 102
Jamestown, NY 14701

Chautauqua Works
407 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, New York 14048

Chenango

Alan Sessions
mailto:[email protected]
P: (607) 432-4800, Ext. 109

Kathy DeAngelo
[email protected]
P: (607) 432-4800, Ext. 113

CDO Workforce
1 Ohara Drive
Norwich, New York 13815

Cortland

Emily Tortorici
[email protected]
P: (315) 253-1013

Cayuga Works Career Center
199 Franklin Street, Suite 204
Auburn, New York 13021

Delaware

Alan Sessions
mailto:[email protected]
P: (607) 432-4800, Ext. 109

Kathy DeAngelo
[email protected]
P: (607) 432-4800, Ext. 113

CDO Workforce
1 Gallant Avenue
Delhi, New York 13753

CDO Workforce
21 Liberty Street
Sidney, New York 13838

Erie

Laurie Schaller
mailto:[email protected]
P: (585) 447-8257

Wyoming County Community
6470 Rt. 20A Suite 1
Perry, NY 14530

Madison

Charlene Levonski
[email protected]
P: (315) 867-1353

Madison County Working Solutions Career Center
133 N. Court Street
Wampsville, NY 13163

Nassau

Maria Lombardi
[email protected]
P: (516) 485-5000 ext. 1113

Hempstead Works Career Center
Hempstead Executive Plaza
50 Clinton Street, Suite 400
Hempstead, New York 11550

Niagara

Marilyn Patterson
[email protected]
P: (716) 278-1695

Niagara's WorkSourceOne
1001 11th Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14301

Oneida

Charlene Levonski
[email protected]
P: (315) 867-1353

Utica Working Solutions Career Center
207 Genesee Street #201
Utica, NY 13501

Rome Working Solutions Career Center
300 W Dominick Street
Rome, NY 13440

Orange

Veronica Jones
[email protected]
P: (845) 346-0318

Orange Works Career Center 
18 Seward Ave
First Floor
Middletown, NY 10940

Orange Works Career Center 
The Maple Building
3 Washington Center, 4th Floor
Newburgh, New York 12550

Otsego

Alan Sessions
mailto:[email protected]
P: (607) 432-4800, Ext. 109

Kathy DeAngelo
[email protected]
P: (607) 432-4800, Ext. 113

CDO Workforce
12 Dietz Street
Oneonta, New York 13820

Rensselaer

John Banas
[email protected]
P: (518) 270-2860

Rensselaer County Career Center
1600 7th Ave. 4th Floor
Troy, New York 12180

Schenectady

John Banas
[email protected]
P: (518) 270-2860

Schenectady Job Training Agency
797 Broadway
Schenectady, New York 12305

Suffolk

Timothy Carew
[email protected]
P: (631) 853-6634

Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, New York 11788

Tioga

Randall Cook
[email protected]
P: (607) 778-6478

Tioga County Career Center
1062 State Route 38
Owego, New York 13827

Tompkins

Mary McLaughlin
[email protected]
(607) 272-7570 ext. 106

Tompkins Workforce New York
Center Ithaca, Suite #241
171 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Ulster

Troy Snyder
[email protected]
P: 845-340-3176

Ulster County Career Center
Office: 521 Boices Lane
Mail: 535 Boices Lane
Kingston, NY 12401

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