2000-04-08 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

At City Hall on March 28, 2000, I was given a city council citation as a Woman of Achievement and a Pace- Setter. City Council Speaker Peter Vallone and City Councilman Al Stabile honored me with this citation. Councilwoman Juanita Watkins and Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge cha-ired this special event.

The city council citation given to me reads - "whereas, a city is only as
great as those persons who give exemplary service to their communities
through participation in voluntary programs, through unique personal
achievement in their professional endeavors or through a lifetime of good
citizenry and whereas such service is truly the lifeblood of the community
and the city and therefore be it resolved that as duly elected members of the Council of the City of New York we recognize the above qualities in the Honorbale Dr. Geraldine Cha-pey."

Councilman Al Stabile presented me with a magnificent proclamation which noted that "from time to time, we as a society call upon certain outstanding members we wish to recognize for their valued contributions to the lives of others and to publicly acknowledge individuals of remarkable integrity and character, whose endeavors have enhanced the basic humanity of us all and Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey has shown uncompromised dedication and complete devotion
to the betterment of others. Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey is a fully tenured professor at KCC/CUNY. Among her many accomplishments are that she is the director of the Institute for Professional Development at KCC/CUNY. Dr. Chapey is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic offerings designed to enhance the educational offerings to constituents from business, education, government, labor and industry.

Dr. Chapey served as the director of Lobbying and Legislation for the
PSC/CUNY in Albany and at City Hall. These responsibilities included
outlining the yearly PSC/CUNY legislative agenda, meeting with the CUNY lobbyists to set mutual lobbying goals for the year, preparing the PSC lobbying budget, providing background materials necessary for legislative action, directing and organizing the city-wide PSC weekly legislative visits of faculty and staff in Albany and at City Hall, co-ordinating lobbying efforts with UUP, NYSUT and AFT, speaking at CUNY campus meetings to keep faculty and staff informed of the legislative goals and to listen to their concerns and recommendations and working intensely for the successful passage
of the PSC/CUNY legislative agenda.

Dr. Chapey's leadership in the area of finance is demonstrated by her
service as the vice president of the Federal Credit Union board of the
PSC/CUNY. During her tenure the assets of the Federal Credit Union increased to over $26 million.

Dr. Chapey's expertise in contract negotiations is exhibited through her
being a management representative on the contract negotiating team during the PSC negotiations with its professional staff - OPIEU Local 153. Dr. Chapey also served as one of the five PSC union representatives in the face to face negotiations with CUNY.

Dr. Chapey's managerial competence evidenced during her services as the director of a career development program at KCC/CUNY with responsibility for fiscal, academic and administrative supervision."

The proclamation continues - "rare indeed is the impressive dedication
shown by an individual for the benefit of others which Dr. Geraldine M.
Chapey has displayed throughout her life. Such humanitarian effort and level of compassion which is so consistently demonstrated is certainly deserving of special praise and tribute, now therefore be it resolved that the City Council of the City of New York does hereby honor Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey for her outstanding commitment, contribution and dedication to the lives of New Yorkers."

While speaking about the betterment of our community I would like to encourage everyone to attend a fundraiser reception at Baxter’s Playhouse on Beach 116 Street on Sunday, April 30, 2000. The fundraiser is to assist the Beach Bungalow Association in fighting for their easement. Please attend!


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