AES Northeast appointment

PLATTSBURGH — AES Northeast has promoted Paul DeDominicas to business development and funding services manager and has also appointed him as an associate.

Associates of the firm are acknowledged as "key" personnel, providing a high level of commitment and dedication to AES Northeast clients, believing in high-quality standards and services and having potential to become a future AES Northeast partner.

Working with internal and external stakeholders, DeDomincas has expertise in collaborative management and also in alliance building with various constituents, such as board members, community agencies, government officials and foundations. He has dealt with funding from a variety of local, state and federal agencies and has had grant-writing successes, collecting several awards over the last 12 years. 


Justice Center award nominations sought

PLATTSBURGH — The Justice Center is accepting nominations for the 2019 Justice Center Code of Conduct Recognition Award. 

The award is meant to recognize staff members who demonstrate a strong commitment to the provisions of the Code of Conduct, providing services to people with special needs. Anyone who signs the code is eligible, such as staff who are employed by, or volunteer at, a state-operated, state-licensed and/or state-certified agency under the Justice Center's jurisdiction.

The nomination form can be found at: Self-nominations are accepted. Submissions are due by Friday, July 12.

Four winners will be selected from across New York State and will be honored at the Justice Center's Advisory Council meeting and luncheon in Albany on Thursday, Sept. 19.


Small business award received  

ALBANY — J.C. Soups at 4077 State Route 11 in Malone has been honored with Adirondack Economic Development Corporation's 2019 Small Business Excellence Award. 

Small businesses are selected for the recognition based on longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, community contributions and their ability to overcome adversity. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2019 National Small Business Week was held Sunday, May 5 through Saturday, May 11. The annual event is dedicated to recognizing the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions from across the country. J.C. Soups received their acknowledgment at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 in Albany. 

AEDC Small Business Support Specialist Steven Garneau nominated J.C. Soup owners Jim and Billie Collette for the award, wishing all of his clients could be, "as dedicated, talented, and professional."

"I'm honored and humbled," Jim said. "I can't thank Steven Garneau enough for all the guidance and assistance." 


Belzile earns HR credential

PLATTSBURGH — Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin counties (JCEO) Director of Human Resources Amanda Belzile has earned the Senior Certified Professional credential from the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Human resource professionals with that distinction have earned a bachelor's degree and have five years of human resource experience. An exam assessing the candidate's judgment and decision-making skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding of human resources, is also required. Senior certified professionals operate in primarily strategic roles, developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of human resource operations, analyzing performance metrics and helping to align human resource strategies with organizational goals.

Belzile's bachelor of science in business management was earned at Keuka College and she joined JCEO in 2018 with nine-plus years of human resource and employee benefit experience under her belt.  


Northern Insuring among top NYS employers

PLATTSBURGH — Northern Insuring Agency Inc earned distinction as New York's fourth best small employer.

New York State Society for Human Resource Management's (NYS-SHRM) annual Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards program began evaluating and ranking the state's best places of employment in 2007. The partnership between NYS-SHRM, the Business Council of New York and Best Companies Group analyze employers based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. Employee survey responses account for 75 percent of the formula. 

Small employers are categorized as an operation of 15 to 99 employees and 26 small New York State employers made the 2019 list.

In business for 89 years, Northern Insuring Agency specializes in business, home, auto and life insurance, as well as employee benefit services. President & CEO Deena Giltz McCullough said earning the award based heavily on employee surveys was thrilling. 

"The feedback impacts decisions we make and helps us to become an even better place to work," Giltz McCullough said. "It's extremely powerful to know that Northern team members, for the third time, have stepped up to make this award happen."


Library trustee appointed 

BLOOMINGDALE — Mary Abendroth has been appointed to the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System's Board of Trustees. 

The board consists of 15 members, five from each Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, and the Boards of Legislators or Supervisors appoint the trustees of their respective county. The system is meant to foster and improve the public library service for residents.

Abendroth has lived with her family in Bloomingdale since 1972 and will serve as an Essex County representative on the board. She worked as a registered nurse at Medical Associates of Saranac Lake for 25-plus years after earning her associate of liberal arts and associate of applied science in nursing degrees from North Country Community College. Recently, Abendroth has worked at Adirondack Medical Center in part-time capacity. 

Abendroth was a long-time Board of Planned Parenthood of the North Country, NY member and served as president of that group for several years. She is currently a member of the Board of North Country Home Services.


Della Subaru makes YMCA donation 

PLATTSBURGH — Della Subaru in Plattsburgh presented the Plattsburgh YMCA with a $16,775 donation check.

For the dealership's January Share the Love event a portion of each car sale was donated and "also gave the new owner the option to donate to one of the charities in the event with the Plattsburgh YMCA as the local option."

Plattsburgh and Malone YMCA CEO Justin Ihne said he was humbled by the contribution. 

"This donation and partnership with Della Subaru helps our Y continue to provide equal access to our community for membership or any of our programs regardless of their incomes," Ihne said. 

Della Auto Platform Director Ernie Galarza said their group was proud to have the YMCA be a part of the Share the Love event.

“Our community loves the YMCA," Galarza said. "I grew up at a Y and know firsthand the importance of having one in our community"




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