LATHAM, N.Y., June 7, 2017 – PERMA, New York’s largest self-insured provider of workers’ compensation for public employers, announces the winners of the 2016 PERMA Awards in Excellence, honoring the PERMA members with the most dedicated and creative approaches to safety and wellness. The winners include:

Port Washington Police District, the winner of the Ken Herman, Sr. Award for improving workplace safety and wellness through exceptional participation and utilization of PERMA’s programs;

Madison County, the winner of the NYSAC Pioneer Award; and Union-Endicott Central School District, winner of the NYSSBA Pioneer Award for transformative approaches to address challenges and produce a positive impact on the safety and health of employees;

Village of Scotia, the winner of the Most Improved Experience Modification Factor (EMF) Award for the largest reduction in EMF between the 2015 and 2016 policy years;

Good Will Fire District, the winner of the Triple Threat Award for timely claim reporting, best return-to-work rate, and improved EMF;

And Mark Venesky, Supervisor at Town of Cicero, the winner of the Safety Person of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to his employer’s safety culture.

Representatives from 98 PERMA members, as well as PERMA’s professional and vendor partners, gathered at the Sagamore Hotel and Resort on Bolton Landing on May 25 to honor the award winners with a dinner and ceremony. “These six members never let their excellent claims performance affect their desire to innovate,” said PERMA executive director Jeff Van Dyk. “We are very proud to support all of our members’ efforts to train their employees consistently, and to willingly invest in risk management to reap lower losses down the line.”

In addition to the Awards in Excellence winners, representatives from 9 longtime PERMA members were on hand to accept longevity awards, including:

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, and Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, winners of the 15-year membership award;

The Villages of Kings Point, Richmondville, and Windsor, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Joint Garbage Disposal Commission, and Schoharie County, winners of the 20-year membership award;

And the Town of Pompey, which received the 25-year membership award.

For those who were not able to attend the conference and ceremony, the 2016 Awards in Excellence video, featuring all of the winners, is posted to PERMA’s YouTube channel.