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Disability Employment Initiative

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is jointly funded and administered by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

This federally-funded disability employment service is available in the ten Career Centers listed below. The DOL provides seamless Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services and accessibility for everyone served in all NYS Career Centers, including individuals with disabilities.

The DEI’s purposes include the following:

  • Improve educational, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits, by refining and expanding already identified successful public workforce strategies;
  • Help these individuals with disabilities find a path into the middle class through exemplary and model service delivery by the public workforce system;
  • Improve coordination and collaboration among employment, training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels, including the expansion of the public workforce investment system's capacity to serve as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.

The Disability Resource Coordinator, among other responsibilities, will:

  • Help expand the workforce development system to serve as Employment Networks under the Ticket to Work program;
  • Provide services to Ticket Holders, as credentialed Benefits and Work Incentives Advisors;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and collaborative activities;
  • Help ensure that job seekers with disabilities access all of the different programs and services they need to meet their employment and asset development goals;
  • Assist with Career Center staff and partner training; and
  • Assist in maintaining and ensuring the accessibility of the Career Centers.

For more information about the DEI, visit and

DEI Staff Contact Information

Tim Casella
DEI State Lead
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 425
Albany, New York 12240
P: (518) 457-2381

Geri Walsh
Statewide DRC
Career Central
175 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
P: (518) 462-7600 ext. 157

CountyDisability Resource CoordinatorEmployment Network
Cayuga Emily Tortorici
P: (315) 253-1013
Cayuga Works Career Center
199 Franklin Street, Suite 204
Auburn, New York 13021
Cortland Kelly Garrett
P: (607) 756-7585 ext. 3258
Cortland Works Career Center
99 Main Street
Cortland, New York 13045
Nassau Van White
P: (516) 485-5000 ext. 1129

Maria Lombardi
P: (516) 485-5000 ext. 1113

Aurora Berman
P: (516) 485-5000 ext. 1125
Hempstead Works Career Center
Hempstead Executive Plaza
50 Clinton Street, Suite 400
Hempstead, New York 11550
Saratoga John Banas
P: (518) 884-4907
Saratoga County Employment & Training
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020
Suffolk Timothy Carew
P: (631) 853-6634
Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Suffolk James Eddings
P: (631) 853-2025<
Suffolk Works Employment Program
395 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Suffolk Kenneth Klassert
P: (631) 687-4860
Workforce New York Career Center
160 South Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, New York 11772

Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs
300 Center Drive, Room S-12
Riverhead, New York 11901
Warren Gail Clark
P: (518) 743-0925 ext. 8879
Career Center of Warren County
Northway Plaza, Suite 13C
Queensbury, New York 12804
Washington Thomas Pooler
P: (518) 746-2390 ext. 3183
Career Center of Washington County
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, New York 12828

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