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

Date: April 30, 1999

Seal of the Unified Court System
Heroism, Community Service and Excellence in the Workplace Are Honored at the Court of Appeals
ALBANY - As part of today's Law Day celebration at the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman are presenting six court employees with Merit Performance Awards in the categories of heroism, superior work performance and community service.

Chief Judge Kaye said, "One of my privileges as Chief Judge is having the opportunity every year to honor dedicated court employees who distinguish themselves through their heroism, commitment to professional excellence, and humanitarian pursuits. The six Merit Performance Award recipients that we honor this year each have sought out ways to step beyond the call of duty, admirably using their unique talents in the service of our justice system and the community. Their shining examples inspire all of us to do more and show that it just takes a willingness to give of our time and energies to make a difference."

Recipients of this year's awards include three senior court officers who saved a juror's life; a court attorney who demonstrates the finest qualities of a dedicated and compassionate public servant; a multi-talented court clerk who goes beyond the call of duty in her commitment to excellence; and a Family Court hearing examiner who has made a difference in the lives of his community's youth.

Judge Lippman stated, "As we stand poised on the eve of the new millennium, we can draw strength and inspiration from these six honorees, knowing that in every community of the State there are others like them who are working on a daily basis to earn the public's trust and confidence in the courts. Their achievements exemplify the very essence of public service."

The 1999 Merit Performance Award recipients are:

  • Jawwaad Abdur-Rasheed: Oneida County Family Court, Hearing Examiner 
  • Anthony P. Jimenez, Chris Lamendola, Bernard Levy: Nassau County Supreme Court, Senior Court Officers 
  • Tamara C. Kersh: New York County Family Court, Senior Court Clerk 
  • Anna Y. Rumberg: New York County Supreme Court, Associate Court Attorney 
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.
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