Two county employees were rewarded for going above and beyond in their duties as part of a new recognition program sponsored by Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.
Vincent Cordiale, systems analyst supervisor with the county’s information technology department, and Jennifer Kohn, a senior assistant county attorney, were honored with the first-ever Employee Excellence Awards at the Legislature’s March 7 General Meeting in Riverhead. Awards will be given out each General Meeting to acknowledge county employees for their hard work and contribution.
“Many county employees work tremendously hard and are valuable assets to their departments, and the Employee Excellence Awards are a way for us to recognize their dedication, outstanding efforts and achievements,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “Conscientious, honest and hard-working, Vincent Cordiale and Jennifer Kohn have excelled in their departments, making them perfect candidates for this award. I thank them for their contribution and service to Suffolk on behalf of the citizens of Suffolk County.”
Vincent Cordiale, of Rocky Point in Suffolk’s Sixth District, was nominated by IT Commissioner Scott Mastellon. Cordiale has worked with the county for the last 20 years and is responsible for the county’s technology infrastructure. A lead designer of the county’s redundant data centers, his commitment and dedication helped the county continue to operate during Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Super Snowstorm Nemo, and he helped save $150,000 in county funding by obtaining a licensing rule exception. He has a stellar reputation for being the first employee to respond to issues in the evenings, during the weekends, and even on holidays.
Pictured: Systems Analyst Supervisor Vincent Cordiale was recognized with an Employee Excellence Award at the Suffolk County Legislature’s last general meeting. From left: IT Commissioner Scott Mastellon, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Vincent Cordiale, and Sixth District Legislator Sarah Anker.
Jennifer Kohn, of Huntington Station in Suffolk’s 18th District, was nominated by County Attorney Dennis Brown. Now a senior assistant county attorney, she has been working in the county for nearly 30 years. The Northeastern Law School graduate is the only current employee to hold a master’s degree in environmental law. She has represented the county in various fields such as farm preservation, planning issues and Cornell Cooperative management, and she ushered through the sale of the remediated Circutron property. She has been instrumental in drafting new code and helped coordinate the county’s response to the detection of fire-suppressing chemicals at Gabreski and in Yaphank, and to dumping at West Hills County Park.
Pictured: Senior Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Kohn was recognized with an Employee Excellence Award at the Suffolk County Legislature’s last general meeting. From left: 18th District Legislator William Spencer, Jennifer Kohn, her husband, Craig Robertson, and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.