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The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, guided by the Departmental Mission, is responsible for the confinement and habilitation of approximately 54,700 individuals under custody held at 54 state facilities and 36,500 parolees supervised throughout seven regional offices.

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Gowanda Correctional Facility Donates Pumpkins to Local School

Gowanda Correctional Facility (Erie County) helped students and teachers at nearby Gowanda Elementary School begin the year with a unique Horticulture program donation that would help them kick off the Halloween season. On September 9, 2014, Gowanda staff visited the school with a truckload of 215 pumpkins, at a combined weight of just over 4,000 lbs. There were so many pumpkins that every student in Pre-K through second grade could receive one, and enough left over to be incorporated into classroom activities or as art projects. Read More.

Collins Inmate Organization Sponsors Summer Concert Series for Charity

Inmates housed on Side II at Collins Correctional Facility (Erie County) took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some good music this summer while helping out a good cause. With the help of the Recreation Department, the Side II Euro-American Committee (EAC) Inmate Organization sponsored a Summer Concert Series by the Collins II band where the “admission” for each show was at least one non-perishable food item. The food collected during these three concerts was donated to the Gowanda Food Pantry. Read More.

Asset Forfeiture Press Conference

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian held a press conference, Monday September 8, 2014 to announce the distribution of millions of dollars to a variety of law enforcement agencies recovered from a 2009 drug investigation. Among the distribution the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will receive a total of $471,239.39, some of which has already been received and will be used towards purchasing high-quality bullet-proof vests for Community Supervision staff. A Parole Officer, prior to the merger of the Department of Correctional Services and the NYS Division of Parole, handled the case while he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force team. Because of DOCCS' direct involvement in the case the agency was awarded an equitable sharing from the seizures and subsequent forfeiture. Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci attended the press conference in Albany on behalf of the agency. Representatives from various law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies were also in attendance.

Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility Participates in Community Festival

The NYC Police Department's 33rd precinct sponsored a Community Festival on Saturday August 23, 2014. Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility was invited to participate and provided a booth and an informational table. Correction Officer L. Houston, Sergeant H. Quinones and Correction Officer D. Shields provided coverage at the booth and they handed out approximately 200 informational flyers on the different career opportunities within the Department.

9th Annual Laura Giordiano 5K at Shawangunk C.F

Shawangunk Correctional Facility (Ulster County) hosted the 9th Annual Laura Giordiano 5K in honor of Correction Officer Giordiano who served the facility with distinction until her passing after a long battle with breast cancer. The proceeds each year are donated to breast cancer research and the Employee Recreation Committee who sponsors the event. Giordiano started her career in 1989 and died at the age of 45 in 2005. Seventy-five runners and walkers participated in this year's race and all participants were treated to a barbeque. Click here to view photos.

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Employee Benefit Programs

Work-Life Services provides New York State employees with a comprehensive network of resources to address their work, home, and life issues. Detailed information about these negotiated benefits is available at www.worklife.ny.gov and through program-specific telephone numbers and websites.

NYS-Balance, a confidential resource and referral service for NYS employees, offers monthly webinars  . A complete 2012 listing is available in two flyers, January-June and July-December.

Additionally, we are pleased to share “Benefits of the NYS Peer Employee Assistance EAP  with you. This document describes the many benefits of the NYS EAP peer model and the wide range of EAP services available to both employees and agencies.

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2011 plan year have until March 31, 2012 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. For more information, log onto www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202.

Work-Life Services has scheduled full-day seminars for executive branch state employees to be held throughout NY. If you are eligible to retire in five years and have not previously attended a Directions: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, you are eligible to attend. Please contact your agency Human Resources Office to let your agency liaison know of your interest. You must be registered by your agency and have a confirmation notice in order to attend. Seminars have been planned at the following locations for Spring/Summer 2014: May 7 in Syracuse, May 28 in Lake Placid, June 11 in Rochester, June 18 & 19 in New York City, and June 30 in Albany. Information regarding the Fall/Winter 2014 Seminars will be forthcoming this Summer. For pre-retirement planning information including the Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning and 22 short videos, visit www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement.