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Hochul issues proclamation celebrating Public Service Recognition Week


Wed, May 10th 2023 10:20 am

Governor delivers special video message honoring public servants; read the proclamation here

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday issued a proclamation celebrating Public Service Recognition Week, which started on May 7 and will run through May 13. New York state landmarks will be illuminated in dark blue today in recognition of employees working in the public sector and their contributions.

"New York state is home to hundreds of thousands of public servants who provide critical services that all New Yorkers rely on," Hochul said. "Today, in honor of Public Service Recognition Week, I want to salute New York's public servants and show gratitude for their tireless work and commitment. I look forward to continuing our work that allows so many to live the New York dream."

Hochul’s team said, “Public Service Recognition Week, which has been celebrated since 1985 during the first week of May, is a time to recognize and thank dedicated public servants from federal, state and local governments across the country. New York state has hundreds of thousands of public employees at the state, county and city levels that perform critical functions to keep the state running and provide services to New Yorkers. Gov. Hochul recently announced several provisions as part of the FY 2024 budget to attract and retain top talent and increase the diversity of the public workforce to better reflect New York state, reaffirming the governor's commitment to make government work better for New Yorkers.”

New York State Department of Civil Service Commissioner Timothy R. Hogues said, "Public servants across New York state help deliver critical services to people across the state from building roads and bridges, to providing health care services, to keeping us safe, and so much more. Here at the Department of Civil Service, we are grateful for the contributions of the public workforce, and we are working hard to recruit new employees to help grow our diverse and talented workforce to serve New Yorkers now and well into the future."

The landmarks to be lit in honor of Public Service Recognition Week include:

  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • MTA LIRR - East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal
  • Moynihan Train Hall

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