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Oct. 2, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance Honors Central Hudson 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. was recognized as a local winner of the 17th Annual National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Awards, presented by the Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance. The award was accepted by Charles A. Freni, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson, on behalf of the energy company. NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

"Central Hudson's commitment to diversity in the workplace, inclusiveness and the belief that each and every person adds value to the community offers staff a work environment that is welcoming and accepting," said Dawn Wilson, Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance Chair and Arc of Dutchess Business Development Coordinator. "The care and support extended to the individuals they employ is remarkable and is certainly worthy of the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Awards recognition."

Central Hudson was cited for its work with The Arc of Ulster-Greene through a longstanding, 30-year partnership employing clients in the utility's recycling and resource recovery program. Since 1988, clients have sorted and refurbished more than 12 million pounds of salvageable materials, offering residents with developmental challenges meaningful work while providing a valuable and necessary service.

"The clients of The Arc of Ulster-Greene are hard-working and conscientious, and through the years have made positive contributions to both our operations and the community," said Charles A. Freni, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. "We're inspired by their willingness to excel and in finding satisfaction in a job well done. Their work also saves resources and protects the environment by recycling reusable materials."

According to The Arc of Ulster-Greene, hundreds of individuals have been employed with Central Hudson since the start of the program, and many of them have moved on to independent jobs in the community.

"It's a great program because they receive real-life, on-the-job training, such as punctuality, work ethic, leadership, team work and communication skills," said The Arc of Ulster-Greene Job Coach Jude Allen, who supervises the team at Central Hudson. "It's been a pleasure to work with them because they are so appreciative of every day."

For more information about The Arc of Ulster-Greene, go to www.TheArcUG.org; and for more about Central Hudson in the Community, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community.

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Central Hudson has partnered with Arc of Ulster-Greene for 30 years, offering clients with developmental challenges an opportunity to perform meaningful work with the utility's recycling and resource recovery program. Above: Charles A. Freni, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson (right) with Dr. Wazir S. Jefferson, Chief Diversity Officer at Dutchess Community College (left). Freni accepted the award on behalf of Central Hudson. Below: Team members from The Arc of Ulster-Greene, led by Job Coach Jude Allen (rear) are hard at work at a Central Hudson's facility. Bottom: Dustin Reider polishes machine nuts and bolts to be returned to useful service.