Special Officer – Supervisor
Gotham Center – Long Island City
Captain Martinez has been a solid Local 237 member since 2002. She enjoys her job and likes being busy. As a supervisor, she meets with new Special Officers to ensure that they understand their benefits and the importance of joining the retirement system as well as encouraging them to be involved with the union. She recognizes the importance of providing this guidance since she did not have it when first to working for the City. She values her benefits – describing them as “great” and a “big plus” since few jobs offer such comprehensive coverage. She enjoys reading and the everyday activities of. A devoted daughter, she cares for her elderly father. Ms. Martinez has a sister, Aida Martinez, 3 nieces and one grandniece.
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.