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STATEN ISLAND MAN RECEIVES CON EDISONíS HIGHEST HONOR
NEW YORK — Gaetano “Guy” Mastroianni, a Staten Island resident and systems manager for Con Edison, has earned the company’s highest honor, the “Living Our Values” award, as an exemplary employee and community volunteer.
Con Edison gives the award each year to employees who demonstrate commitment to service, teamwork, excellence, and improving life in the community.
Mastroianni supervises Information Resources staffs in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. He makes sure employees in those boroughs have the technical tools they need to do their jobs, and manages the purchase of new equipment.
“Guy is a very progressive and energetic leader with a can-do attitude,” said Anthony McQuade, Con Edison’s director of Technology Services and one of those who nominated Mastroianni. “Feedback is a gift, and he provides great feedback to his employees. They’d walk through fire for him because they respect him so much.”
Mastroianni began his career with Con Edison in 1974 as a customer service representative in Brooklyn. He held a number of jobs in Customer Operations before moving to Information Resources in 1999.
He said that, though he has never sought recognition, he was pleased with the award because it may move others to volunteer to help young people.
“I’d love for this to encourage other people to get out and do good work for the community,” he said. “There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you gave a young person a better chance at a happy life.”
Mastroianni has spent more than 25 years as a member of the board of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in Brooklyn. He often visits the club to speak with the youths and check on whether the programs are meeting their needs.
“It’s great to see that the kids have a place to go and get help with their school work and use a computer,” he said. “When you speak with these kids, it’s clear they appreciate the atmosphere and sense of self-esteem that the club provides.”
As a member of UNICO National, an Italian-American service organization, he helped organize shows featuring students from local dance schools to raise money for the children’s cancer unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
When tragedy touched the Mastroianni family in 1999, he saw an opportunity to help others. He started the Nicole Mastroianni Foundation in memory of his daughter, 16, who was killed by a car.
The foundation has given college scholarships to students at St. Joseph’s By-the-Sea High School on Staten Island -- the school that Nicole attended -- and provided aid to the family of a Con Edison employee facing a medical emergency.
Mastroianni said he attributes his success to the support he has received from his wife, Anna Marie, and their son, Eric, also a Con Edison employee. Eric, who has worked for the company since 2005, is a supervisor in Customer Operations.Con Edison has been honoring employees with the “Living Our Values” award since 1992. Mastroianni is one of six recipients this year.