Man honored as NYSID's 'Employee of the Year'

October 19, 2017 04:38 AM

SCOTIA - Paul Roes is a big Yankees fan. He'll tell you the score and how the Bronx Bombers got it done. And he still gets his work done without missing a beat.

"I love it here because I work on bottles and help on bubble wrap," said Roes on Wednesday while taking a break at Pine Ridge Industries, a recycling center. Set up by Schenectady ARC and supported by NYSID, the New York State Industries for the Disabled, it handles recycling contracts for state agencies. During its recent annual dinner and awards meeting, NYSID named Roes its "Employee of the Year."

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"You know you're going to get the job done," his friend and co-worker Ryan LeBeau said. "Very good at what he does and he makes everybody laugh. He's into the New York Yankees, so if you want to know what the score was he'll let you know."

Pine Ridge gives Roes and his co-workers the opportunity to gain work experience, earn a paycheck and learn the guidelines of a workplace, according to Director of Operations Greg Winnie.

"It's an incredible accomplishment and Paul truly deserves it," Winnie said. "He works very hard and the scheduled days he's here, ready to work. Of course, he's going to give us his Yankees, Giants update, which is great. I also kind of refer to Paul as the Mayor of Schenectady. Very friendly to the neighbors, I often have tours here and the people walk in and 'Hey Paul, how are you?' I'm like, 'oh, you know Paul.' Yea."

"I love it," said Roes, 49. "That's why I do bottles and keep it separate, so cans and bottles and plastic and everything."

Click here to watch a NYSID-produced video from the 2017 awards.

Roes has worked at Pine Ridge for 10 years, also assisting with document destruction where he goes on-site and gathers sensitive material to be destroyed. They handle 300 bins from some 80 sites. NYSID facilitates contracts for state and local governments with 160 member agencies.

"He is very professional yet at the same time you can tell that the customers love him," said Jennifer Lawrence, NYSID's manager of corporate communications. "They're very connected to the idea that people with disabilities can do good work and make their own living and be independent like Paul."

"He's a go-getter, he's always excited to work, does anything you ask him to do," said LeBeau. "Couldn't ask more of him."

"I'm very proud of myself," added Roes.

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