Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
(212) 428-2500

Date: June 26, 2002

Seal of the Unified Court System
Outstanding Accomplishments of Court Employees Recognized
NEW YORK - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau announced this year's recipients of the court system's Merit Performance Award, which recognizes excellence in the categories of heroism, community service, law-related education and outstanding performance in the workplace. Six employees will be honored in their local jurisdictions for their outstanding achievements.

Recipients of this year's awards include a court clerk who on September 11th helped save the life of a disoriented Port Authority worker by leading her away from the North Tower before it collapsed, as well as escorting a hurt stranger to the hospital; a judges' secretary who delivers food to the needy and helps physically challenged children; a law librarian who goes the extra mile to provide quality service to library users with her exhaustive knowledge of legal research and the courts; a court  analyst who helped to develop an educational video to guide litigants in Housing Court and was integral in launching a series of  law day programs for seniors; an attorney who of his own initiative created a web page to keep local judges informed; and a judge's secretary whose efficiency, professionalism and cheerful demeanor brings peace and calm to the workplace for her supervisors and co-workers.

The 2002 Merit Performance Award recipients are as follows:

  •  Joanne Cagen: Nassau County Supreme Court, Secretary to Judge
  •  Jo Ann Carey: New York City Civil Court, Principal Court Analyst
  •  Julianne P. Gick: New York County Supreme Court, Civil Branch; Principal  Law   Librarian
  • Marlyn C. Josey: Erie County Supreme Court, Secretary to Judge
  • Christine J. Sakoutis: New York City Family Court, Senior Court Clerk
  •  David S. Whalen: City, Town and Village Resource Center, Cohoes, NY, Associate Counsel
 Earlier this year, a call for nominations of non-judicial Unified Court System employees for the Merit Performance Award Program was announced statewide. Nominations were accepted from court system employees, members of the bar, community and civic groups,  and members of the public.

Detailed descriptions of the specific contributions of the award recipients can be obtained by calling the court system's Communications Office at (212) 428-2500.