Monroe County was selected as the Local Government Customer of the Year for the County’s efforts to employ individuals living with a
disability. The award from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc., (NYSID) is presented annually to a local government or authority. A video featuring Monroe County was featured at NYSID’s Annual Meeting and is available on their YouTube channel: NYSID 2021 LOCAL GOVERNMENT CUSTOMER OF THE YEAR: Monroe County – YouTube Monroe County contracts with local NYSID affiliated organizations, including Lifetime Assistance, CDS Monarch, and the Rochester Rehabilitation Center. NYSID affiliated organizations provide
janitorial and custodial services, document destruction and document imaging services for the Monroe County Clerk.
Since County Executive Bello took office in January 2020, Monroe County has increased NYSID contracts by 42%. In 2021, Monroe County committed more than $1 million to support theemployment of individuals living with disabilities. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the foundation of everything we do in Monroe County, and that extends to who we employ. Working with NYSID agencies is a good investment that does not sacrifice quality by expanding opportunity,” said County Executive Bello. “One of the most critical things government can do is help citizens find employment opportunities where they can excel and provide for themselves. The personal fulfillment that people
experience when they have a good job is unmatched.”
“Individuals with disabilities deserve rewarding employment opportunities that support being included in our communities,” said Maureen E. O’Brien, NYSID President and CEO. “Under the leadership of County Executive Bello, Monroe County government agencies recognize
the social and economic value of this inclusion. Their NYSID purchases contribute to employment and personal independence for approximately 75 individuals with disabilities annually. At a time when individuals with disabilities experience higher unemployment due to
the pandemic, Monroe County is recognized with NYSID’s Local Government Customer of the Year Award for 2021 for its unwavering commitment to securing employment for all.