Tammy Newkirk is distinguished as the first female Boro Supervisor in Manhattan, overseeing 11 facilities and 145 workers. With 20 years of service, she is on call 24-7 and rose through the ranks from custodian assistant. Newkirk says she enjoys her job because “every day is different. In her spare time she bakes cakes, “a South Carolina tradition,” and enjoys walking around her Brooklyn neighborhood and Manhattan. She has two children, a son 20 and a daughter 9.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.