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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

Alan Gallagher
DEI State Lead
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, New York 12240
P: (518) 457-2381

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

CountyDisability Resource CoordinatorEmployment Network


Randall Cook
P: (607) 778-6478

Broome-Tioga Workforce New York

171 Front Street

Binghamton, New York 13905


Emily Tortorici

P: (315) 253-1013

Cayuga Works Career Center

199 Franklin Street, Suite 204

Auburn, New York 13021


Karen Colaiacovo

P: (716) 487-5127

Chautauqua Works

407 Central Avenue

Dunkirk, New York 14048 


Chautauqua Works

23 E. 3rd Street

Jamestown, New York 14701


Kathy DeAngelo

P: (607) 432-4800 ext. 113

CDO Workforce

1 Ohara Drive
Norwich, New York 13815


Joshua Kisner
P: (607) 756-7585 ext. 3298

Cortland Works Career Center
99 Main Street
Cortland, New York 13045


Kathy DeAngelo

P: (607) 432-4800 ext. 113

CDO Workforce 
1 Gallant Avenue
Delhi, New York 13753


CDO Workforce 
21 Liberty Street
Sidney, New York 13838


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

Hempstead Works Career Center
Hempstead Executive Plaza
50 Clinton Street, Suite 400
Hempstead, New York 11550


Marilyn Patterson

P: (716) 278-1695

Niagara's WorkSourceOne

1001 11th Street

Niagara Falls, New York 14301


Veronica Jones

P: (845) 346-1321

Orange Works Career Center 
Fulton Plaza
33 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor
Middletown, New York 10940


Orange Works Career Center 
The Maple Building
3 Washington Center, 4th Floor
Newburgh, New York 12550


Kathy DeAngelo

P: (607) 432-4800 ext. 113

CDO Workforce

12 Dietz Street
Oneonta, New York 13820


John Banas
P: (518) 884-4907

Saratoga County Employment & Training
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020


Timothy Carew
P: (631) 853-6634

Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, New York 11788


James Eddings
P: (631) 853-2025

Suffolk Works Employment Program
395 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, New York 11788


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


Randall Cook

P: (607) 778-6478

Tioga Employment Center
1062 State Route 38
Owego, New York 13827


Jason Harriott

P: (607) 793-8339

Tompkins Workforce New York
Center Ithaca, Suite #241
171 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850


Gail Clark
P: (518) 743-0925 ext. 8879

Career Center of Warren County
Northway Plaza, Suite 13C
Queensbury, New York 12804


Thomas Pooler
P: (518) 746-2390 ext. 3183

Career Center of Washington County
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, New York 12828

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