DOC mystery photos 5 - 12: Rescued during Central Office move to Bulova Center

Click thumbnail images below to see if you are in any of the photos or if you can ID anyone else:

During the move of most of the NYC Department of Correction central office staff from 60 Hudson St., Manhattan, to the Bulova Corporate Center in East Elmhurst the first weekend of June 2009, a score of photos were rescued from oblivion by history-minded personnel who thought -- correctly -- that your New York Correction History Society (NYCHS) would give the orphaned images some TLC and maybe even some IDs.

Below are thumbnail images of eight photos from that rescued score. Click a thumbnail image below to access its linked larger version.

Perhaps you are in one of the photos or know someone who is.

If brought to the attention of someone in the photo, perhaps he or she can help identify others and/or recall the occasion and even the year.

The website will update this page as the identification information develops. While the NYCHS webmaster recognizes some in a few photos, he does not recognize others and is uncertain of the occasions, settings and most of the years.

Your help in providing or confirming IDs, the occasions and the years will be appreciated.

If you come across DOC history relevant material that might otherwise be discarded, keep NYCHS in mind. Hopefully we can give it a home. If there is ever to be a museum to tell DOC History, artifacts that could be exhibited someday or could help constitute a photographic or documentary record must be preserved.

Good afternoon. Iím retired Captain Edward J. Vinogroski. The last person in the photo (female) is C.O. Patricia Jackson. Everyone be safe.
#5 - Mayor David N. Dinkins and officers. No identifying words on its back. Click thumbnail image to see large version. Use browser's "back" button to return here. Email any of the left-to-right IDs, and/or the ocassion and setting, and/or the year - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
"Clinic Captain" writes: Re #5
First person on left is CERT Captain Zapotacki along with Officers in CERT.
Ret. Capt. Edward J. Vinogroski writes: Re #5
Far left side is Capt. Edward Zapotacki of C.E.R.T. I know the other faces but forgot their names. Sorry.
ADW Martin Murphy writes: Re #5
Captain on far left is Zapotacki. Do not know the first name.
C.O. Lascelle A Soares writes: Re #5
This is the old eru team. Person to the left of Mayor Dinkins is just retired ESU Capt Ford. The officer to the left of him is working in VCBC. My name is C.O. Lascelle A Soares. I've work in the Transportation Division for the last 17 years. After 22 years of service, I retire Sept. 28.
Ret. C.O. Pankey writes: Re #5
With Mayor Dinkins are members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), now known as Emergency Services Unit (ESU). Photo was taken by the mayor's photographer, name unknown. The event was on Rikers Island's Shore Road [now Mandanici Road]. The occasion was the dedication ceremony of the new trailer converted to a video courtroom where inmates could be arraigned without going to the borough court facility itself. I believe it was called the adjudication facility.

From left to right are Capt. E. Zappotoki, Capt. E. Watson, Officer L. Brice, the Mayor, Officer G. Ford and Officer B. Pankey.

Ret. Captain Martha Charles writes: Re #5
These are the people I can identify. Left to right are Capt. Zapotacki, Capt. Eugene Watson, C.O. Leslie Brice, C.O. Ford.
"OEt123" writes: Re #5
Captain Eddie Zapotocki is the first, second to last Godfrey Ford and last Eddie Pankey
Regina D'Elia writes: Re #5
Left to right: Retired Captain Edward Zapotocki; 2nd from left, can't recall his name; Retired Captain Leslie Brice (C.O. in photo); Retired Captain Godfrey Ford (C.O. in photo); 5th from left, can't recall his name.
Captain Calvin Arthur writes: Re #5
The patch on the hat may be an ESU (maybe CERT back thenÖ) or Transportation patch???

From left to right: Capt. Eddie Zapotoski, (not sure of the spelling); officer unknown; Capt. Brice (when he was a C.O.?); Mayor Dinkins, Capt. Godfrey Ford (ESU or CERT), Officer Panky.

Captain John Murphy writes: Re #5
Standing to the right of Mayor Dinkins CO R Ford. Ford did 20 years service with NYC DOC after many years with NYS Correctional Services.
Emelia Knox writes: Re #5
To the Mayor's left is Godfrey Ford of ESU
Retired Captain (158) Anthony Stefanini writes: Re #5
This is not a CERT photo. Itís an ERU/ESU photo with the then Mayor Dinkins. CERT was the Charter team surpassed by none and commanded by the renowned late Warden Arthur Cinotti. Being a member for more than seven years, it is disgraceful that this founding team has not been mentioned. There were 135 officers on the original C.E.R.T team. Two officers were permanently assigned, Officer Signarelly and Officer Simmons, and one alternate Charlie Reed. The unit was broken down to several teams, all of whom were volunteers. I don't remember all the names, just some that come to mind (phonetic spellings): Officers Raymond Lyons, Carmon Rodriguez, Robert Rando, Jim Murry, Black, Greenburg, Louis Catrone. Peter Maringallo, James Grillo, Steven Lutz. Other commanders came along like, I think his name was, D/W Brooks and ADW/later Chief Robert Daveron. Oh, then D/W Cinott wanted all of R.I.S.D officers from 1980 through 1984 volunteer for C.E.R.T membership. If you find that list, you found most of the original teams. It is important that this bit of correction history and its original members be remembered. We started with nothing and became the leaders in emergency response. Shared training techniques with other units such as Orange Crush, NYPD, NYFD, NYSPD, FBI, U.S. Army, Nassau and Suffolk counties. We were not just hats and bats; we were transitions trained in crowd control, interior security, building penetration, lethal and non-lethal force, aerial and building repelling, bomb detection and disarmament, Tony (Stefanini Anthony Captain 158 1979-1999 C-76, RISD/CERT, C-76, North Facility Annex, North Facility, Telecommunications, C-95).
#6 - Commissioner Catherine Abate and staffers. No identifying words on its back. Click thumbnail image to see large version. Use browser's "back" button to return here. Email any of the left-to-right IDs, and/or the ocassion, and/or the year - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
"OEt123" writes: Re #6
Left of Commissioner Gene Rupert
Carol Dewey writes: Re #6
FRONT ROW (L TO R) Suzanne Viera (sp?), Cynthia Brennan (sp), and ?

BACK ROW (L TO R) Stan Levy, Gene Rupert, Catherine Abate, John Antonelli, Jeffery Jackson

Captain John Murphy writes: Re #6
To the right of the picture Standing next to Commissioner Abbate: now SDC John Antonelli and counselor Jefferey Jackson now assigned to ministerial services. Captain Ruppert stand to the left of the Commissioner.
Shampelle.Everett writes: Re #6
second right from the commissioner is still with the department, Jeffery Jackson attorney
Jeffrey G. Jackson writes: Re #6
Commissioner Abate was presenting those in the picture with certificates of successful completion as Certified Professional Public Buyers. I am on the extreme right of Commissioner Abate, to my left is John Antonelli. (CPPB).
#7 - Mayor Edward I. Koch, Commissioner Richard Koehler, second left, and award recipients. Dated 6/17/87. Back has no IDs of the people in the photo. Click image to see large version. Use browser's "back" button to return here. Email any of the left-to-right IDs, and/or the ocassion - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
"Leibrock" writes: Re #7
The person 4th from the left is Warden Joseph Delia, I was assigned to C-71 the Adolescent Remand Shelter aka the "Reformatory "from May 1970 to April 1974. He was an Asst, Deputy Warden at the time. I worked for him again years later when he was a Warden in C-74 A.R.D.C.
Regina D'Elia writes: Re #7
Yes, 4th on the left is my dad, Joseph D'Elia.
#8 - Uniformed officers group photo, perhaps for a unit citation. Back stamped "Photo by Spencer A. Beurnette" who in a DOC 1988 newsletter was listed as its photographer. Click image to access a page with large close-up versions. Email any of the left-to-right IDs, and/or the ocassion - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
"OEt123" writes: Re #8
First person Edward Vinogerski
Regina D'Elia writes: Re #8
Left to right: Retired Captain Edward Vinogroski, Retired Warden Danny Trapp, Retired Captain Agnes Sullivan, Retired Chief Marron Hopkins, Retired Captain Martin Richards, Retired Officer Charles Sanacore.

I cannot recall the rest of the employees.

Ret. Capt. Edward J. Vinogroski writes: Re #8
From left to right: Capt. Edward J. Vinogroski, A.D.W. Danny Trapp, Capt. Agnes Sullivan, Warden Marron Hopkins, Capt. Martin Richards, The rest are Correction Officers: Charles Sanacore, Jonathan Nolan, Edgard Acevedo, Ronald Harris, James Gleason, Joseph Dellaratta, ?, might be Wally Hawki, ?
Ret. Capt. Edward J. Vinogroski later writes: Re #8
Good afternoon. Iím retired Captain Edward J. Vinogroski. The last person in the photo (female) is C.O. Patricia Jackson. Everyone be safe.
"Magoosully" writes: Re #8
The 3rd person in the second close-up panel of photo # 8 is John Nolan
C.O. Ronnie Rosario, Facility Operations Administration/Programs, writes: Re #8
I know the first individual [in Panel 2 and the 5th person in the overall group photo] as Retired Captain Richards; last assignment, CIFM High Impact Incarceration Program.
#9 - Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden and award recipients. Dated 5/9/94. Back has no IDs of the people in the photo. Photo by Kathryn Kirk, Boro Hall photographer. Click image to see large version. Use browser's "back" button to return here. Email any of the left-to-right IDs, and/or the ocassion - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
#10 - Distinguished-looking uniformed officer, photographed in front of interior JATC gate under "Experience Unlimited" banner; perhaps upon retirement. Back of photo blank. Click image to see large version. Use browser's "back" button to return here. Email ID, and/or the ocassion, and/or year - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
ADW Martin Murphy writes: Re #10
Looks like CO Weldon from HDM. There is a photo and plaque of him still in HDM by the old roll call area.
Ret. ADW Vincent Orsini writes: Re #10
I believe that is C.O. Weldon.
#11 - Uniformed officer on phone, photographed seated at "Director Classification" desk. Could be '50s or '60s photo, badly creased and cracked. Back of photo blank. Click image to see large version. Use browser's "back" button to return here. Email ID, and/or the ocassion, and/or year - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
#12 - Some sort of operational data center, pre-computers. The place's ID the issue. Back of photo blank. Click image to access a page with large close-up versions. Email ID of workplace, function, year - if known - to the NYCHS webmaster at nychs@nyc.rr.com
ADW Martin Murphy writes: Re #12
Looks like the HDM rotunda. It must be pre-control room. I had viewed a similar picture where the calendar in the background was dated 1957 with one Correction Officer behind a counter.
Ret. ADW Vincent Orsini writes: Re #10
I believe that is C.O. Weldon.

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