Teamsters Local 237

President's Award Winners

Athena L. Almodovar

Athena L. Almodovar

Caretaker J

Chelsea/Elliot Houses

NYCHA

Housing Division

Ms. Almodovar has been the shop steward for Chelsea/Elliot for a year and enjoys representing members. She became a member of the union in 2006. A self-described “hard worker”, she takes pride in maintaining her buildings.  She says, “I like helping the most – I like to be the person who gives a hand to others.”  She is also grateful for her union benefits.   Her father Eddie Almodovar, a retired NYCHA employee and Teamster retiree (Alfred E. Smith Houses) encouraged her to work for the Housing Authority. Outside of work, Ms. Almodovar enjoys all things athletic. – Basketball, football, and handball to name a few. She also enjoys spending time with her children Xavier (15), Tyler (6) and Joseph (15 months).

Oral History Project

Hercules Cornish: Caretaker J Stores Man

Herclules CornishHercules 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.

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