Watch the 2021 Virtual Building Service Worker Awards
Our Town, The West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown and The Chelsea News join forces with 32BJ SEIU to host the Building Service Worker Awards annually.
The ceremony honors those working to keep New York City’s homes and workplaces running: from doormen and security guards, to office cleaners and window washers.
In 2021, the event was held virtually. Watch some of the ceremony here.
When accepting his award one year, Window Cleaner of the Year Gaspar Amorim brought his son on stage with him. While Gaspar made a career for himself washing windows at 295 Wall Street, 1 Chase Plaza, and 3 Times Square, his son was able to attend Fordham Law on a union scholarship. Event emcee and renowned NY1 anchor Errol Louis tweeted a photo of Amorim’s acceptance, captioning it: “The American Dream in a nutshell.”
US Representatives, State Senators, State Assemblymembers, City Comptrollers, and City Council Members regularly attend the event to congratulate and present awards to the honorees.
Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of Spectrum News NY1, where he hosts "Inside City Hall," a nightly prime-time show that focuses on New York politics.
He regularly interviews top political and cultural leaders, and has moderated more than two dozen debates, including the race for mayor, public advocate, city and state comptroller, state Attorney General and the U.S. Senate. He also was a panelist in a 2016 Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Additionally, Louis is the host of the You Decide podcast and is an adjunct professor of Urban Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
He is co-editor of Deadline Artists, a two-volume anthology of America’s greatest newspaper columns published in 2011.
Prior to joining Spectrum News NY1, Louis served on the Daily News' editorial board, and he still pens weekly opinion columns for the newspaper. He also hosted a weekday talk show on AM1600 WWRL.
A graduate of New Rochelle High School, Louis attended Harvard College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Government. He also earned an M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
2019's Building Service Worker Award winners with Errol Louis of NY1 and Straus Media President Jeanne Straus in front row and President of 32BJ Service Employees International Kyle Bragg in back row.
It’s a unique, once a year opportunity to support the unsung heroes who keep this city safe and clean.JEANNE STRAUS, PRESIDENT, STRAUS MEDIA